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Stefanie Douglas led UF with a career-high 13 kills

Sunday October 8, 2006Douglas Notches Career-High 13 Kills As No. 8 VB Sweeps Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss.

Stefanie Douglas led UF with a career-high 13 kills

Senior Stefanie Douglas (Belton, Texas) collected a career-high 13 kills on .750 hitting as the eighth-ranked University of Florida volleyball team swept Mississippi 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-25) Sunday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center.

 

Florida (14-2 overall, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) claimed its sixth consecutive win overall and its 23rd consecutive victory against the Rebels (11-7, 3-5). The Gators finished with more kills (55-45), aces (7-5), digs (39-32) and blocks (7.0-4.0), while out-hitting Mississippi .385-.212

 

Stefanie was nothing short of outstanding for us all week,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “As our players can tell you, she’s hard to defend. Angie did a great job of setting up all our hitters today against a Mississippi team that came out and played well.”

 

The Gators improved to 43-0 under Wise against teams from the state of Mississippi and 12-0 against the Rebels in Oxford in Wise’s tenure. Junior setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) matched her career high with 10 kills on .643 hitting in breaking the record for career points by a setter as she now has 502.0.

 

Junior Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) added 13 kills on .267 hitting, while freshman Elyse Cusack (Melrose, Fla.) ended the contest with a team-high 11 digs – the 12th time in her career in as many matches that she’s finished in double figures. Freshman middle blocker Kristina Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) added eight kills on .583 hitting with a team-high six blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) became the first Gator in more than a year to record five aces in one match as she served UF to a pair of 8-0 runs in the match.

 

For just the third time all season, Mississippi failed to win at least one game in a match, while the Rebels’ kills leader entering the game – Katie Kramer (4.30 k/g) was held to just seven kills.

 

The Rebels came out fighting in the opening game with the Gators scoring eight of the final 11 points in a 30-26 win. The Gators took an early 3-1 lead before the Rebels came back to take control at 5-4. Florida trailed until scoring four straight in moving on top 15-14 after a Rebel attack error. The teams sided out until Mississippi recorded three straight points to move in front 21-18. The Gators answered with the next four points with Killingsworth providing a pair of kills as Florida went on top 22-21. The Rebels tallied the next two points to lead 23-22 before Florida responded with three consecutive points on a pair of Rebel attack errors and a tandem block from Killingsworth and Johnson. Mississippi pulled within one at 25-24, but Florida put two more on the scoreboard on a Killingsworth kill and an angle kill from the right side by Douglas as UF’s lead grew to 27-24. After a Rebel point, junior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) put down the next two balls to give Florida a 29-25 lead before Douglas ended the game with a kill. The Gators out-hit Mississippi .366-.289 in the game with Killingsworth pacing all players with seven kills on .286 hitting. Douglas chimed in with six kills on .714 hitting, while senior defensive specialist Rhian Davis (Austin, Texas) led the Gators with four digs.

 

The second game was close until the Gators used a massive 13-2 run to build a lead the Rebels couldn’t counter in a 30-19 Florida win. The game was tight in the opening stages with Mississippi pulling within one at 11-10 before the Gators went on their run. Florida scored five of the next six points in moving ahead 16-11 after a Killingsworth kill from the left side. The Rebels made it 16-12 before Florida notched eight straight points to go ahead 24-12. Bowers fueled the run with her serve and recorded a pair of aces, while Johnson collected a pair of kills in the stretch. The Rebels came no closer than 10 the rest of the way before the game ended with a Mississippi service error. Johnson paced UF with five kills on six swings in the game as the Gators hit a season-best .533 in the game to just .258 for Mississippi. Cusack and freshman defensive specialist Alli Cecchini (Brentwood, Calif.) each notched a team-best four digs in the game.

 

The final game was also close until Bowers served the Gators to an 8-0 run that proved to be the difference in a 30-25 win. Mississippi again started strong and even built a five-point advantage at 14-9. The Gators answered with three straight points to come within a pair at 14-12. The Rebels tallied a point to extend their lead to three at 15-12, but Florida answered with the next eight points to go in front 20-15. Bowers served the Gator run with McGinnis providing three kills in the stretch. Mississippi clawed back within three at 21-18, but Florida put the next four points on the scoreboard to build a seven-point advantage at 25-18 before the match eventually ended on a Mississippi attack error. The Gators out-hit Mississippi .289 to .114 in the final game with McGinnis leading the Gator attack with five kills on five swings.

 

Florida returns to action next weekend when the Gators host Arkansas on Friday and No. 10 LSU on Sunday. The match against the Lady Backs is set to start at 8 p.m. (ET) and will be carried live on Sun Sports and FSN Florida. The contest against LSU is slated for a 1:30 p.m. (ET) start and can be seen live via GatorVision Online. Both matches will also be carried on WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com.

 

The contest against Arkansas will be held prior to the Florida men and women’s basketball team’s Madness 2006 festivities and admission is free. Fans also have the opportunity to enjoy a pre-match dinner featuring Mary Wise. For just $10 per person, Gator fans can enjoy a full-course, catered meal and listen to Wise comment on the upcoming match that evening. Fans can call 1-800-34-GATOR ext. 6600 to reserve their space. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

 

 

 

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