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Friday September 8, 2000Volleyball Breaks GW Streak With 3-0 Win


Niki Hartley

The 12th-ranked University of Florida volleyball team advanced to the championship round of the Cal Golden Bear Classic by handing George Washington its first loss this year in a 15-6, 15-12, 15-11 sweep Friday evening at the Recreational Sports Field House.

The Gators (4-2) broke a 15-game winning streak for the Colonials (5-1). UFís streak now stands at 12 games with its past four 3-0 victories.

UF came back from GW leads in all three games. They trailed throughout Game 2 until the Gators forced the Colonials to get out of their offensive system, which led to four consecutive GW attack errors to tie it at 10. Niki Hartley (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) and Jerilyn Hattendorf (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles) combined for 11 kills in that run. But, UF most thrilled the California crowd with a resilient third-game showing. Down 7-1, UF pressed through long rallies late in the game and won two points on aces to grad the lead for the win.

Coach Mary Wise had mixed emotions about her teamís comeback bids. "Of course, we would have liked to have seen this group jump out to early leads. It gets scary when we dig holes for ourselves like that. But, this match says a lot about this teamís work ethic. We didnít let them rattle us."

Hartly posted 11 kills and 11 digs for her third double-double this season. Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas/Pine Tree) led the Gators with 13 kills and four blocks.

UF plays the winner of the Cal-McNeese State match Saturday for the tournament championship at 10 p.m. ET. First serve for Fridayís semifinal match is at 10 p.m. ET.

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