of Florida volleyball coach Mary Wise recorded the 600th victory of
her coaching career as the No. 7 Gators swept Marquette 3-0 (30-24, 30-26,
30-28) on Saturday in the Conference Challenge at the Champions Sports Complex.
Florida (27-2) won its 19th consecutive match of the
season with junior outside hitter Marcie
Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) leading the way with a team-high 13 kills on
.333 hitting, while adding a team-high tying 12 digs. The Gators out-hit Marquette (16-14) .256-.129
and collected a whopping 15.5 blocks, including 13.5 in the final two games.†
the same thing before with the Kentucky
match,Ē Wise said. ďBlocking has been a huge part of our success this year. Iím
pleased for us to get a 3-0 win against a team that had so much to be playing
for and for us to win when we werenít firing on all cylinders.Ē
opposite hitter Stefanie Douglas
(Belton, Texas) added 10 kills on .304 hitting and collected six blocks,
while sophomore middle blocker Kelsey
Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) added eight kills and a match-high seven blocks.
setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser,
Mich.) picked up 38 assists, 10 digs, five
blocks and four kills, while senior Rhian
Davis (Austin, Texas)
and freshman Alli Cecchini (Brentwood, Calif.)
tied for the team high with 12 digs.
Gators improved to 20-2 in Thanksgiving weekend tournament matches under Wise
and held their opponent to under .200 hitting for the 15th time in
the last 18 matches.
Marquette took an early lead in the opening
game before the Gators responded by scoring nine of 13 points in a 30-24 win.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 7-4 advantage before the Gators came back to
eventually tie the game at 9-9 on a kill from Douglas.
After an ace from freshman libero Elyse
Cusack (Melrose, Fla.), the Gators went up 10-9 and
didnít relinquish the lead the rest of the game. Marquette
came within a point at 11-10, but Florida went
on a 9-4 run to forge ahead 20-14 following a kill from junior Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.).
came closer than four the rest of the way before the game ended with a Golden
Eagle error. Florida out-hit Marquette
.341-.173 in the game with Douglas collecting
a game-high five kills on .500 hitting. Cecchini paced all players with six
second game was also close with Florida
scoring seven of the final 11 points in a 30-26 win. Things were tight the
entire way as there were 18 tie scores and 10 lead changes in the game. Neither
team built more than a two-point advantage until Florida
scored three consecutive points to move ahead 26-22 after a tandem block from
Douglas and freshman middle blocker Kristina
Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.).†
The Golden Eagles came within a pair at 27-25 after a ball handling
error on UF before the Gators answered with a Hampton kill to make it 28-25. Marquette responded with a kill, but Florida closed out the match on a kill from
Bowers followed by a kill from McGinnis. Bowers led UF with six kills on eight
swings in the game as UF out-hit the Golden Eagles .295-.160. Hampton
added five kills, while Davis
collected six digs. The Gators recorded 7.5 blocks in the game with Douglas notching a team-high five.
game swung back and forth with Florida taking
an early lead, Marquette
storming back and the Gators recording eight of the final 10 points in a 30-28
win. Florida took control early in moving out
in front 18-13 after an attack error by Marquette.
The Golden Eagles didnít back down and eventually tied the game at 19-19 on a
kill by Monica Renfrow. But Marquette
didnít stop there as the Golden Eagles put three more points on the board to
take a 22-19 lead. Eventually, Marquette was on
top 26-22, but Florida
scored two straight on a UM error and a Johnson kill to make it 26-24. After a
kill by the Golden Eagles, the Gators scored blocks on the next two points with
junior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas)
and Johnson combining on the first and Hampton and Bowers coming together for
the second. That brought the Gators within one at 27-26, but the Golden Eagles
notched a kill to go back on top 28-26. After successive attack errors by Marquette tied the game
at 28-28, McGinnis notched a kill to set up match point before Bowers and
McGinnis recorded a tandem block to end the contest. The Gators managed to
.108-.057 in the game and collected 6.0 total blocks with McGinnis recording
notched a team-best four kills, while Cecchini and Hampton both had four digs.
Florida returns to action on Saturday when the Gators will
conclude play in the Conference Challenge by taking on St. Johnís at 4:30 p.m. at the Champions
No. 15 LSU 3, St. Johnís 0
Tigers (25-5) claimed a victory for the SEC in the opening match of the
Conference Challenge with a 3-0 sweep of St.
Johnís (30-3) 30-18, 30-26, 30-22 as LSU collected
11.0 blocks and out-hit the Red Storm .371 to .165.
DeGirolamo led the Tigers with 12 kills on .556 hitting, while adding four
blocks. Melody Clark chimed in with 11 kills
on .364 hitting and collected six blocks. Daniela Romero added 38 assists, five
kills, four blocks and an ace.
Rimgaila led the Red Storm with 14 kills on .296 hitting.