Senior setter Angie McGinnis
(Fraser, Mich.) posted her fourth double-double of the season on Sunday,
finishing with 36 assists and 12 digs, to lead the 10th-ranked University of
Florida volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-24, 30-23, 30-19) win over Mississippi at
the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
McGinnis spread the ball around to five Gators who had at least five
kills on the day, led by 10 from freshman outside hitter Callie Rivers (Winter Park,
Fla.). Senior middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona,
Fla.) came up with nine kills on the day,
while McGinnis, senior outside hitter Marcie
Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.)
and senior opposite hitter Amber McCray
(Longview, Texas) each had six.
“When you see a 3-0 win for the Gators today, it doesn’t tell the true
story of the match,” Florida
head coach Mary Wise said. “The way
both teams played in the back row made for some really fun volleyball. We were
able to score from a lot of different positions today, which is something that
will certainly help us down the road.”
Florida’s defense was also active on Sunday, posting a
three-game season high 14.0 total blocks and out-digging the Rebels, 63-47.
Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Elyse
Cusack (Melrose, Fla.) finished with 13 digs to break her
own school record with her 25th-consecutive match in double figures.
Killingsworth claimed team-high honors with seven total blocks, while McGinnis
chipped in with six and McCray and junior middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville,
Fla.) each had four.
McGinnis’ 12 digs moved her past Kris Bova for the
second-most digs by a setter in school history.
The Gators found themselves facing an 8-4 deficit early in the opening
game, but battled back to tie the score at 11-11 with a 7-3 run that was fueled
by a block solo and a kill by Rivers. UF took its first lead of the afternoon
at 15-14 courtesy of a Rivers kill, a play that sparked a 3-0 Florida
run to force a Mississippi
timeout with the count resting at 17-14 in favor of the hosts. The Rebels took
the first two points after the break to cut the lead to one, but Rivers and McGinnis
responded with kills on consecutive rallies to push the Gators’ edge to 20-16.
UF extended its margin to 23-18 on the strength of kills by Bowers and
Killingsworth before UM called its second timeout of the frame. Rivers’ sixth
kill of the opener forced game point for the Gators at 29-23, and McGinnis
finished off the first game two rallies later with a kill of her own to give UF
game one, 30-24. Florida registered 5.0 blocks
as a team in the first stanza, led by three from Bowers, to hold Mississippi to .195
Back-to-back kills by Rivers helped UF draw even at 3-3 early in game
two, and the Gators battled until a Killingsworth kill gave them their first
lead of the game at 9-8. Florida
took a 12-9 lead when Bowers and McCray combined on a block assist, but the
Rebels fought back to tie the match at 15-15. Killingsworth helped put the
Gators up by a score of 20-17 with a pair of kills and a block assist with Hampton, forcing the
Rebels to call their first timeout of the frame. A kill by sophomore middle
blocker Kristina Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.)
and an ace by freshman defensive specialist Erin Fleming (Orlando, Fla.)
on consecutive rallies extended UF’s lead to 25-21, and Florida took five of the last seven points
of the game, culminating on an ace from Cusack, en route to capturing a 30-23
win. Hampton, Johnson, Killingsworth and Rivers each had three kills in the
frame, as McGinnis spread the ball around to the tune of 13 assists.
UF got early kills from McGinnis and Hampton in game three, but the
Gators faced 6-4 deficit at the outset of the frame. Hampton
tied the game at 7-7 at the end of a scrambling rally with a kill of the Mississippi block, and Florida took its first lead of the game at
12-11 on a Killingsworth solo block. Rivers’ second block solo of the afternoon
came four rallies later and jump started a 3-0 UF run that put the Gators on
top by a score of 16-13 and forced Mississippi to burn its first timeout of the
game. Rivers, McGinnis and Johnson each fired home kills after break to run the
lead to 19-15, and Florida’s
advantage was five points, 22-17, when the Rebels asked for their final timeout
of the game. Back-to-back block assists by Killingsworth and McGinnis increased
the margin to 24-17, and the Gators chalked up four blocks down the stretch to
cap the match with a 30-19 win. Killingsworth was active in game three, helping
UF clinch the deciding frame with a three kills and five total blocks.
The Gators’ next match will take them to Columbia,
S.C., on Wednesday night for a showdown with
travel partner South Carolina.
The action is slated to commence at 7 p.m., and radio coverage can be found on
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