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Senior setter Angie McGinnis set the Gators to 47 kills on Saturday.

Saturday September 1, 2007Balanced Attack Propels No. 7 VB To Sweep Of No. 19 Santa Clara

Gainesville, FL

Senior setter Angie McGinnis set the Gators to 47 kills on Saturday.

A pair of seniors registered double-doubles and the seventh-ranked University of Florida volleyball team held its third-straight opponent to a sub-.100 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 sweep (30-18, 30-16, 30-24) of No. 19 Santa Clara on Saturday in front of 3,940 fans at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

“This was an important win because it showed us what it takes to beat quality competition,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “I know we defended well based on the fact that we reach double-digit blocks. It was a good all-around effort led by our seniors, but there are always areas where you can look to improve.”

 

The Gators tallied 10.0 blocks as a team and won the dig battle, 61-55, to limit SCU to a .072 efficiency rating. Each of Florida’s three opponents at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational came away from the meeting with a hitting percentage below .100. UF, on the other hand, hit better than .300 in each match, and ripped off a .420 clip in its win over N.C. State on Friday.

 

Senior Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) posted 37 assists and 10 digs, while adding in five kills on .417 hitting, and senior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) tallied a match-high dozen kills and 11 digs to lead the UF charge. McGinnis earned Campus USA Credit Union Invitational MVP honors, while Hampton garnered a spot on the all-tournament team.

 

The duo was also joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore libero/defensive specialist Elyse Cusack (Melrose, Fla.), who led all players with 18 digs to reach double figures in that department for the eighth-consecutive match. Cusack also chipped in with a pair of aces and a career-high two kills.

 

Junior middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) finished the contest with a match-high six total blocks and pounded home seven kills on .583 hitting. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Janine Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) turned in a career-high 10 digs to reach double figures for the first time in her career.

 

UF came roaring out of the gate against its first ranked opponent of the season, building a 6-1 lead on the strength of two kills from Hampton. After a UF service error, the Gators rebounded to take the next five points with Cusack, who started her turn with an ace, behind the service line. SCU got within seven points later in the game, 20-13, but three kills by Hampton and a pair by McGinnis sparked a 10-5 run that ended the game. Hampton led all players with six kills in the game, while senior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) and sophomore middle blocker Kristina Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) both went for four.

 

Hampton and the Gators came racing out the blocks again in game two, as the senior tallied a pair of kills and assisted Johnson on a block to propel UF on a 5-1 run to open the frame. Santa Clara battled back to take a one-point lead, 8-7, but the Gators ended the game on a 22-8 run to take the game, 30-16, and head into the intermission with a 2-0 lead. Hampton and Williams both fired a pair of aces during the stretch.

 

Senior middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) got Florida rolling in the third game with a block solo, and the Orange and Blue never looked back. Williams and Bowers both put down four assists in the decisive game, while Cusack dug 10 balls in the effort. The Gators’ .375 efficiency rating was their highest of the match, and their defense struck for a total of 5.0 blocks in the process of closing out the match, 30-24.

 

UF will take the O’Connell Center court again on Wednesday night, when they host in-state rival Florida State at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on Sun Sports, and can be heard on WRUF-AM 850 and at www.GatorZone.com.

 

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