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Sunday September 16, 2007Killingsworth's Dozen Kills Lead No. 6 VB To Sweep Of Auburn

Gainesville, FL

Senior middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) recorded 12 kills on .375 hitting to lead the sixth-ranked University of Florida volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-16, 30-25, 30-19) victory over Auburn on Sunday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.


Killingsworth also added three block assists on her way to a match-high 13.5 points, while senior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) chipped with 10 kills on a .421 hitting efficiency. Both players reached double-figure kill totals for the fourth-consecutive match.


Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Elyse Cusack (Melrose, Fla.) tied for match-high honors with 13 digs, while also adding five assists.


“We played very well in several aspects of the game today,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “Elyse Cusack looked like the game was in slow motion for her today, and that starts a ripple effect for our hitters. We were able to score some big-time points with our attack, and anytime you can get three blocks a game, you know the defense is playing well.”


Florida recorded 9.5 team blocks on the afternoon, led by four block assists each from sophomore middle blocker Kristina Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) and senior setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.). Two days after posting the fourth triple-double in school history, McGinnis also added a match-high 35 assists, six kills and four digs.


Senior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) had nine kills on the day, moving into sole possession of ninth place on the school’s career chart. She also chipped in with eight digs and three block assists to finish the day with 10.5 points.


The teams traded the first eight points of the match, with UF getting kills from Killingsworth, McGinnis and Johnson, before a pair of Auburn errors and a kill by redshirt freshman outside hitter Janine Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) opened up a 7-4 lead for the Gators. UF continued to increase its lead with Williams on serve, as she ripped off a 9-0 run behind the line to finish off a 10-0 Florida stretch that made the score 14-4. Johnson was in the middle of things as Florida’s lead continued to grow, posting a kill and a block assist to help the Gators run out to a 13-point lead at 19-6. Consecutive kills by McCray prompted AU to ask for another timeout with the score 22-8, but couldn’t draw closer than 13 points as the Gators closed out the game-one win, 30-16. McGinnis and Killingsworth each tallied three kills to lead an offensive attack that hit .351 in the frame, while Killingsworth and Hampton added two blocks apiece to help limit the Tigers to -.049 hitting in game one.


UF found itself down 6-3 early in the second stanza, but kills by freshman outside hitter Callie Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.) and Killingsworth brought the Gators back within one. Auburn, however, was able to jump back out to a three-point lead, 9-6, before an AU service error and a block assist by Hampton and McGinnis again pulled the Orange and Blue within a point at 9-8. A pair of Hampton kills and an Auburn error tied the match at 11-11, but the Tigers responded with another 3-0 run to make the tally 14-11. Johnson got the Gators going again with a pair of kills, and a kill by Hampton tied the score at 16-16 before an attack error on the visitors gave UF a 17-16 lead, its first since the game was 1-0. McGinnis and Johnson combined on back-to-back blocks to increase Florida’s lead to 22-18 and force Auburn head coach Laura Farina to ask for her first timeout of the game. Auburn wasn’t able to get any closer than four, however, as a pair of kills from both McGinnis and Williams propelled UF to a 30-25 victory. McCray paced Florida with four kills in the game, while McGinnis, Hampton and Killingsworth each had three. The Gators had nearly as many digs, 18, as they did kills, 19, in the game, limiting Auburn to a .158 hitting efficiency.


Florida came flying out of the intermission, running out to a 7-1 lead in game three behind a trio of McCray kills. Killingsworth added two kills of her own and Williams ripped her second ace of the match as the Gators extended their edge to 13-5. Florida continued to build its lead, with freshman opposite hitter Lauren Bledsoe (Long Beach, Calif.) chipping in with a kill and a block assist as the margin grew to 11 points, 21-10. Killingsworth helped seal the match for UF with three kills down the stretch, and Hampton fired a kill off the Auburn block to put the lid on the game and the match with a game-three score of 30-19. Killingsworth and Hampton combined for 11 of UF’s 18 kills in the decisive frame, sparking the Gators to a .316 hitting percentage. Cusack turned in five digs in the third stanza, and Florida held AU to a .000 efficiency rating for the game.


UF hits the court again on Friday night, traveling to Oxford, Miss., for a bout with Mississippi at 8 p.m. EST. The action can be heard on WRUF-AM 850, as well as GatorVision Online subscribers will also be able to view streaming video of the contest live on the Internet courtesy of the University of Mississippi.


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