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Setter Kris Bova hit .714 (5-0-7) vs. Auburn.

Sunday September 24, 2000Volleyball Sweeps Auburn

Gainesville, FL

Setter Kris Bova hit .714 (5-0-7) vs. Auburn.

The Gator volleyball team continued to see an all-around, impressive offensive effort as No. 12 Florida swept Auburn 15-1, 15-10, 15-9 and completed a perfect weekend in Southeastern Conference play Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

UF (8-3, 2-0 SEC) averaged a .319 hitting efficiency. It was the second consecutive outing the Gators hit better than .300 and only fourth such production this season. Auburn (7-5, 0-2 SEC), which hit just .049, was overwhelmed by the Gators' 14.5 total blocks, the best three-frame defensive stat UF's had all year.

Coach Mary Wise felt that's why UF was able to win against her former assistant Kevin Renshler, who played many different lineups and mixed it up as his game plan. "I think we had a total team effort today. Because of a very good Auburn coaching job, they really tested us. But, our key stats are that we hit above .300 and had more than three blocks per game."

Freshman Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) and sophomore Niki Hartley (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) led all hitters with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Each had five blocks; Hartley had two solos. Middle blockers Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas/Pine Tree) and Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, Fla./John Carroll) combined for 15 kills and 13 blocks.

UF cruised through Game 1, scoring eight unanswered points. The Gators had just one player hit less than .500 as the team averaged a .560 hitting efficiency and had its best blocking game with five and a half.

The Gators looked comfy again in the second frame, holding a 9-2 advantage. But, Auburn reeled off an 8-1 run and tied it at 10 a piece. Hartley felt the Tigers were able capitalize on UF's passing breakdowns while stepping up their own game. In Game 3, UF used five kills from Cruz, three of setter Kris Bova's (Milwaukee, Wis., Divine Savior) five kills and timely blocking to stop another Tiger scoring run.

UF has just one day to prepare for its match at Florida State (11-4) Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast the contest live.

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