Senior outside hitter Marcie
Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) recorded 14 kills and 12 digs to lead a trio of
Gators with double-figure kill totals as the sixth-ranked University of Florida
volleyball team stormed to a 3-0 (30-26, 30-23, 30-14) win over Mississippi
State on Friday night.
UF hit a season-high .505 as a team, led by 14 kills apiece from
Hampton and senior middle blocker Kisya
Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.). Senior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas),
playing the 100th match of her career, chipped in with 10 kills.
The .505 hitting effort was the Gators’ best in four years to the day
- Sept. 28, 2003 - when they hit .603 in a 3-0 sweep of Auburn in Gainesville.
“Our offense was really clicking tonight, and it was great to see what
we’re capable of when we’re playing well,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “The service game was really a key tonight. We gave
away a few points early, but we showed some resilience and actually ended up
having a good serving night.”
The Gators won the ace battle, 8-6, while also out-digging the
Bulldogs, 45-30. UF held its hosts to a .150 hitting percentage for the match,
putting up 10.0 total blocks along the way. The performance featured a
season-best single-game efficiency rating of .737 in the decisive game.
The double-double was Hampton’s
eighth of the season, and marked her second in the Gators’ last two outings.
Her 14 kills in the win moved her past former UF All-American Aurymar Rodriguez
for eighth on the school’s career kills list, while her 12 digs vaulted her
past current volunteer assistant Jenny (Manz) Theis for fifth in school
Senior setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.)
led all players with 40 assists, and sophomore libero/defensive specialist
tallied a match-high 14 digs for the Gators. Killingsworth, whose 14 kills came
on an errorless hitting efficiency of .667, paced the field with five total
Senior outside hitter Marcie
Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.)
was active early in game one, recording four of UF’s first eight kills before
senior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) and
junior middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.)
teamed up on a block to give UF a 9-6 lead in the early going. A 12-4 run that
featured a kill and a solo block by Bowers pushed Florida’s lead to 18-10 and forced MSU to
call a timeout. The Bulldogs battled back to take a 22-21 lead, but the Orange
and Blue used a pair of MSU errors and kills from senior middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) and
McCray to regain the advantage, 25-23. A block solo by senior setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.)
stretched the Gators’ cushion to 28-24, and UF closed out the game, 30-24, a
few minutes later on Bowers’ fourth kill of the frame. Florida
hit .568 in the opening game, led by Hampton’s
seven kills on .500 hitting.
Killingsworth had the hot hand early in a tight game two, recording a
kill and a block assist within an evenly-played first 10 points. With the score
knotted at 7-7, Killingsworth came up with another kill off hands before Bowers
launched one down the middle to give UF a two-point edge. Facing a one-point
deficit, McCray ripped a cross-court kill to tie the game at 12-12 and ignite a
4-0 Florida run that forced a Mississippi State timeout when she killed a ball
down the middle of the court. Killingsworth and freshman outside hitter Callie Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.)
each notched kills and combined on a block assist to make the score 19-13 in
UF’s favor, and freshman defensive specialist Erin Fleming (Orlando, Fla.) sent the Bulldogs into another timeout
with an ace that pushed the lead to 20-13. MSU got as close as four points in
the latter stages of the game, but a pair kills by McCray down the stretch
forced game point and McGinnis sent the match into the intermission with a kill
down the right side to cap the game, 30-23. Hampton, McCray and McGinnis each
tallied four kills in the second game, and UF piled up 21 kills en route to
limiting the hosts to a .116 hitting percentage.
Florida jumped out to a 3-1 lead in game three behind kills from Hampton and
sophomore middle blocker Kristina
Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.). The lead continued to grow as Fleming
fired another ace and Rivers fired her fourth kill of the night to prompt an
MSU timeout with UF leading, 7-2. Killingsworth was in on block assists with
McGinnis and Rivers, respectively, and ripped her 10th kill of the night as the
margin widened to 12-4 in Florida’s
registered a kill and an ace on back-to-back rallies and McCray fired a kill to
give UF its first double-figure lead of the night, 16-6. Cusack served a pair
of aces as the Gators continued to increase their lead, as the edge grew to as
many as 17 on two occasions, and Hampton
finished the match with a kill off hands to give Florida game three by a score of 30-14.
The Gators will hit the court again on Sunday, when they complete
their four-match road swing at Alabama.
The match is slated for 2:30 p.m. EST, and radio coverage of the action can be
heard on Rock 104, as well as www.GatorZone.com.
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