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Friday September 2, 2011No. 9 Gators Roll to 3-Set Sweep over Jacksonville

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 9 Florida volleyball team rolled to a 3-set sweep (25-20, 25-15, 25-6) of Jacksonville University on Friday afternoon in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators move to 4-0 on the year while the Dolphins fall to 2-4.

 

The Gators held the Dolphins to -.075 hitting percentage, the second Florida opponent to fall victim to hitting in negative numbers. Florida has held all four of its opponents to less than .200 offensive output this season.

 

Florida was led by juniors Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) and Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) who hit at .556 and .714 clips, respectively. Gator libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) had a match-high 10 digs for her third-straight double-digit dig effort. Senior right-side/setter Kelly Murphy (Wilmington, Ill.) and sophomore setter Chanel Brown (Tempe, Ariz.) combined for 27 assists.

 

The Gators held the Owls to six points in the third set, the lowest total for an opponent since Sept. 28, 2003 when Florida held Auburn to set score of 30-6. This is only the second time in the rally scoring era that the Gators have held an opponent to just six points in a set.

 

Nearly every reserve came off the bench for the Gators, combining for five kills, eight digs, two aces and four blocks.

 

The Dolphins and Gators faced off in the first set with a quick draw for points. The Gators never let up the lead, but allowed the Dolphins an early tie at 5-5. Anderson delivered an attack on the Dolphins’ back row that started a 5-0 serving run for Ferrell to extend the Gators to a 14-8 lead. A perfect set from Brown gave Ferrell an open line shot to start another 5-0 run with Unroe behind the service line. The Dolphins battled back, but a service error by Jacksonville’s Kendall Courtney gave the Gators the 25-20 win.

 

The second stanza began with a Murphy ace as the Gators grabbed an early 2-0 lead. The Dolphins came out ready to battle, tying the score a total of seven times and taking the lead from the Gators once at 6-7. The Orange and Blue took the lead back after a Jacksonville attack error brought the score to 9-8. Cassandra Anderson (Bakersfield, Calif.) served a 4-0 run to give the Gators a 15-11 lead. A string of seven Dolphin errors allowed the Gators to rack up points, and Noami Santos-Lamb (Carolina, Puerto Rico)’s outstanding solo-block extended the lead to 20-13. After her blast to middle-back, the Dolphins called a timeout at 21-13. Sundai Weston (Naples, Fla.)’s service ace gave the Gators the 25-15 win.

 

After the intermission, the Gators came out on a tear. The third set was a serving game for the Orange and Blue as UF took a 7-0 lead with Santos-Lamb behind the service line. Murphy set up Jaeckel’s attack to start another 3-0 run served by Brown to extend the lead to 12-2. Between Smith and Murphy, the Gators unleashed three kills on the Dolphins that pushed the Gators ahead, 16-3. The Dolphins were unable to reach double digits in the set, as they were swamped by Weston’s serve, allowing Florida to go on a 4-0 run. Mann slammed a kill home to give the Gators match point and a Dolphins error ended the set and the match, 25-6.

 

Florida now faces Florida Atlantic at 7:30 p.m. The Gators hold a 2-0 advantage all-time against the Owls, both matches during Wise’s tenure. Florida last faced Florida Atlantic in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament (30-19, 30-15, 30-14).

 

All-Time Record Updates

-          Florida’s all-time record is now 792-169

-          Mary Wise is now 636-69 at Florida and 717-132 overall in her career

-          The Gators are now 387-54 at home

-          The Orange and Blue are 125-20 all-time and 69-2 under Coach Wise against teams from the state of Florida (12 teams total)

-          Florida is now 460-135 against non-conference opponents

-          UF is 687-89 against unranked opponents

 

Florida vs. Jacksonville

-          The Gators are now 15-0 all-time and 8-0 under Coach Wise against the Dolphins

-          In 15 appearances against Jacksonville, the Gators have only lost two sets

-          Three Gators faced the Dophins as freshmen on Sept. 5, 2008, Kristy Jaeckel, Kelly Murphy and Cassandra Anderson, all of whom hit over .400 in today’s match

-          Kelly Murphy, who hit .727 with 13 assists in their last matchup, has a lifetime .600 hitting percentage in two matches against the Dolphins

 

Season-Opening Streaks

-          Today’s match was Florida’s fourth straight 3-set victory

-          The last time Florida opened the season with four straight 3-set victories was in 2005

-          Home victories over Jacksonville, Dayton and Missouri State, UC-Santa Barbara

-          Florida’s longest season-opening streak of 3-set wins is 10 matches in 1995, starting the season with 31 straight set victories

-          Florida’s longest season-opening match winning streak was 28 matches in 1995

 

Match Stat Leaders

-          Kills: Betsy Smith (12)

-          Hitting Percentage, min. 7 attacks: Tangerine Wiggs (.714)

-          Assists: Kelly Murphy (15)

-          Service Aces: Four Gators (1)

-          Digs: Taylor Unroe (10)

-          Block Solo: Kristy Jaeckel/Noami Santos-Lamb (2)

-          Block Assists: Kelly Murphy/Cassandra Anderson (2)

-          Total Blocks: Kristy Jaeckel (2)

 

Gators in the Florida Record Books

-          Cassandra Anderson’s two block assists give her 320 for her career, moving into sole possession of 9th place all-time at Florida, surpassing Kisya Killingsworth ’07 whom she tied against FSU

 

Gator Milestones

-          Kelly Murphy earned her 200th career block assist in the first set, finishing the match with a total of 201

 

Freshman Firsts

-          Noami Santos-Lamb played in two sets, earning her first two career solo blocks as well as her first multi-kill match, recording two

-          Madison Monserez earned a career-high three digs in three sets played

-          Holly Pole recorded her first multi-dig match, notching two in two sets played

 

Gator Career Highs

-          Sophomore Chloe Mann slammed a career-best three kills, hitting .375 in two sets, while also notched a career-high two total blocks, one solo and one assisted

-          Betsy Smith doubled her career-high with six kills, earning just one error in nine attempts for an attack percentage of .556

-          Junior Sundai Weston served up her first career ace in the second set

 

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