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Friday November 3, 2000Volleyball Sweeps Georgia

Gainesville, FL

Niki Hartley

The 10th-ranked Florida Gator volleyball team closed its regular-season home schedule with its 14th consecutive victory, a 15-6, 15-12, 15-3 win against Georgia to remain perfect in Southeastern Conference action Friday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

UF (20-3, 12-0 SEC) posted its 10th-straight 20-win season and 13th in the 17-year program history. The Gators have won 25 straight over the Bulldogs (14-11, 5-7 SEC), and the teams meet again Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. in Athens, Ga.

"It was a good win in that we beat a very disciplined, well-coached team," Coach Mary Wise said. "They gave us some trouble in some areas, but we were very good on the left side."

Junior Niki Hartley (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) led that charge with a team-best .478 hitting efficiency. The outside hitter had 12 kills with just one error on 23 swings.

SEC Player of the Week Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) netted a personal-best .464 hitting efficiency as she pounded a match-high 17 kills. The frosh also led all players with nine digs.

Freshman Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, Fla./John Carroll), who sang the National Anthem in honor of the 2000 Senior Class, had eight kills and just one error on 15 swings for a .467 hitting efficiency. She has now hit .400 or better in 11 of the last 12 outings. Jenkins also had seven blocks (two solos), pacing UF to its 22nd straight match in which it has out-blocked its opponent. The Gators had 13 team blocks to UG's six.

The Gators jumped out to an 8-0 lead in Game 1, which showcased both teams' best offensive battles. UF had 23 kills for a .583 hitting efficiency, and UG consistently sided out while averaging .341 offensively.

In Game 2, a 5-2 Bulldog blocking advantage allowed them to pull even twice with the Gators and held UF to a .225 hitting efficiency.

UF made quick work of its opponent in the final frame. It took an early 3-0 lead on consecutive blocks, each involving freshman Jacque Robinson (Merced, Calif./Golden Valley). Robinson finished with six, five coming in that frame.

"Game 3 was discipline blocking," Wise said. "Early on we blocked balls." The team totaled eight in the game.

Sunday's re-match will be broadcast live on WRUF-AM 850 at 12:50 p.m. College Sports Southeast will telecast it tape delayed Nov. 9 at 11:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.

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