Senior setter Angie McGinnis
(Fraser, Mich.) recorded 50 assists against Kentucky on Friday night,
breaking the UF career record and leading the sixth-ranked University of
Florida volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-26, 30-19) win over Kentucky at the
Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The Gators (14-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 25th-straight
regular season SEC match, as well as their 19th-consecutive league contest at
home. UF also pulled within two wins of matching the 1987 squad for the
second-best start in school history.
McGinnis eclipsed the record in the latter portion of game one on a
kill by senior middle blocker Kisya
Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.). She finished the night with 4,890
career assists, surpassing Heidi Anderson’s 15-year old mark of 4,855.
“When we recruited Angie McGinnis, we knew she was going to break a
lot of records at Florida, but we didn’t know
if she would get the career assists record,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “I was around when Heidi set the record, and was
obviously here when Angie broke it, but I don’t think I’ll still be coaching
when someone breaks that record again.”
McGinnis set the Gators to a .390 team hitting percentage against Kentucky squad that was
allowing only a .157 opponent efficiency rating on the year. Senior opposite
hitter Amber McCray (Longview,
Texas) led the way with 18 kills, tying
her season high, while senior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville,
Fla.) chipped in with 17 and
Killingsworth had 11. McCray and Hampton both hit .593 on the night.
The Gators also avoided Kentucky’s
league-leading 3.11 blocks per game average on the night, suffering just six
blocks in three games. The Gators also piled up eight aces on Friday, while not
a single service ace.
Hampton and sophomore libero/defensive specialist Elyse Cusack (Melrose,
Fla.) led the team with 10
digs apiece. The effort marked Hampton’s
eighth double-double of the year, and the 35th of her career.
“Our offense was excellent tonight, and our seniors proved that they
are talented veteran players,” Wise said. “The most important thing is that
this team has kept improving. We’re a better team now than we were even a week
The opening game was a tightly-contested affair in the early stages,
with UF taking its first lead at 7-6 on a Kentucky attack error. A kill by McCray and
error extended the margin to 9-6, forcing the Wildcats to use their first
timeout of the game. The Gators took four of the first five points after the
break, moving their lead to 13-7. After UK
battled back to within four, consecutive kills by freshman outside hitter Callie Rivers (Winter
Park, Fla.) prompted Kentucky coach Craig
Skinner to call his second timeout of game one with UF on top, 16-10. Rivers
delivered a solo block immediately following the timeout and Killingsworth
followed up with a kill to run the Florida
lead to eight, 18-10. Kills by Killingsworth and Hampton sparked the Gators to
its first double-digit lead of the night at 22-12. The Wildcats got no closer
than seven for the remainder of the game, and McGinnis established herself as
UF’s career assists leader while leading the Gators to 30-21 in first frame.
McCray’s seven kills, which came on just eight swings, led a Florida attack that hit .350 in game one.
McGinnis’ 17 assists in the game put her career total at a Florida-record
Rivers and Killingsworth each collected an ace, and Hampton added a pair of kills, early in game
two, helping UF jump out to an 8-5 lead. Rivers slammed a kill off the Kentucky block to force a UK timeout with the score 12-7 in
favor of the home team, and the Wildcats managed to fight back to within two
points after the stoppage. Killingsworth responded with a pair of kills to help
UF maintain its edge, and the Gators hit the 20-point mark with a three point
lead courtesy of a kill by junior middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville,
Fla.). McCray’s 10th kill of
the match gave UF a 22-18 advantage, but Kentucky
battled to cut the Florida lead to a 22-21
before the Orange
and Blue stormed back with a 3-0 run of its own to reopen a four-point cushion.
The momentum from that run was all the Gators needed to take game two, as
McCray added three kills down the stretch to lead UF to a 30-26 win. Florida hit a blistering
.559 in the stanza, as five Gators hit at .500 or better on at least four
attempts. McGinnis recorded 17 assists for the second game in a row, and UF
wasn’t blocked in 34 attempts during game two.
Kills from Killingsworth, Hampton, McCray and Bowers sprung UF to a
5-1 lead in game three, and the lead grew to 9-3 on another Killingsworth kill
used its first timeout of game three. A pair of Hampton kills and an ace by
Killingsworth moved the score to 14-8 in UF’s favor, and McGinnis fired an ace
three rallies later to force another UK timeout with the Gators leading, 16-9.
Consecutive kills by McCray helped UF open a 20-11 advantage, and the lead
reached double digits at 23-13 minutes later on a UK attack error. Hampton was a force down the stretch for the
Gators, adding two kills to three-straight aces to lead UF to a match-clinching
30-19 win in game three.
UF will wrap up the weekend at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, when it hosts Tennessee in a matchup
of SEC East foes. Coverage of the match can be heard on WRUF-AM 850, as well as
www.GatorZone.com, and GatorVision
Online subscribers can watch the action live via the Internet.
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