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Kris Bova hit .455 vs. LSU

Friday October 20, 2000Volleyball Sweeps LSU, Wins 10th Straight

Gainesville, FL

Kris Bova hit .455 vs. LSU

A stalwart, rugged defensive performance propelled 10th-ranked Florida to its 10th consecutive victory, a 15-4, 15-3, 15-9 sweep of LSU Friday in Southeastern Conference volleyball action Friday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Four Gators recorded double-digit digs as UF (16-3, 8-0 SEC) out-dug the Tigers (10-8, 4-4 SEC) 59-43, snapping LSU's three-match win streak. Sophomore Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas/Pine Tree) proved why she is one of the nation's top blockers, posting a match-high seven roofs (two solos) as UF out-blocked LSU 9-8. It was the 18th straight match the Gators have out-blocked their opponent. The net result was a .023 hitting efficiency for LSU, the lowest of any UF prey this season. The Gators averaged a .263 offensive attack.

"I thought we had a very solid defensive effort," Coach Mary Wise said. "We almost had five players in double-digit digs. We tried to match the defensive spunk of LSU's Jennifer Hampton, and I think they answered that call."

Hampton, the SEC's digs leader had a match-high 15. Freshman Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) posted her sixth double-double with 11 kills and a team-best 14 digs. Senior Jerilyn Hattendorf (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles), junior Niki Hartley (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) and freshman Kelli Notestine (Valkaria, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) each contributed 10 digs.

LSU Coach Fran Flory admitted UF's defense kept them out of their game. "We did a horrible job on offense. I think we were intimidated by their size. This is one of the most athletic and physical teams I've seen at Florida."

Junior setter Kris Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior) led all players with a .455 hitting efficiency (5K-0E-11A) and just missed a double-double with 34 assists and nine digs. Freshman Jacque Robinson (Merced, Calif./Golden Valley) was close with a .400 average (7K-1E-15A).

The Gators rolled through the first two frames in less than 35 minutes. But, LSU came back with a 4-0 lead to begin Game 3. At 14-7, the Tigers held off match point four times following a 7-0 UF run down the stretch.

"We almost prepared for that," Wise said. "We didn't expect to take a huge lead early (in Game 3) because we were trying to run some things we hadn't done yet. When you're up 2-0 and at home, that's the best time to try that."

UF will face Arkansas in the O'Connell Center at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. WRUF-AM 850 and FOX Sports Net will broadcast the match live. Sunshine Network will air the telecast in Florida.

Louisiana State vs Florida (Oct 20, 2000 at Gainesville, Fla.)

Florida def. Louisiana State 15-4,15-3,15-9

Louisiana State (10-9, 4-4 SEC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Jennifer Hampton 9-0-1; Meghan Bedford 7-0-2; Lauren Cuyler 5-0-4; Meagan Davis 5-0-3; Rachel Vogt 1-0-1; Jill Lytle 1-1-0; Lauren O'Connor 0-0-1; Totals 28-1-8.0. (Assists) - Lauren O'Connor 14. (Dig leaders) - Jennifer Hampton 15; Jill Lytle 8

Florida (16-3, 8-0 SEC) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Aury Cruz 11-1-2; Nicole McCray 8-1-7; Jacque Robinson 7-0-2; Benavia Jenkins 6-0-1; Kris Bova 5-0-1; Niki Hartley 5-0-1; Jerilyn Hattendorf 1-0-0; Jessica Riester -0-1; Totals 43-2-9.0. (Assists) - Kris Bova 34. (Dig leaders) - Aury Cruz 14; Jerilyn Hattendorf 10; Niki Hartley 10; Kelli Notestine 10; Kris Bova 9

Site: Gainesville, Fla. (O'Connell Center)

Date: Oct 20, 2000 Attend: 1792 Time: 1:10

Referees: Michael DeNardo, Donna Carter

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