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Friday November 17, 2000Volleyball Into SEC Semis, Sweeps Ole Miss

Gainesville, FL

The 10th-ranked University of Florida volleyball team swept Ole Miss 15-2, 15-7, 15-4 for the second time this season to advance to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament, which it is the host of, Friday evening in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

The top-seeded Gators (23-5) will face No. 4-seed Tennessee (22-7) Saturday at 1 p.m. The LadyVols swept Arkansas earlier in the day to advance.

UF, which has won 17 of its last 18 matches, held the Rebels to a .010 hitting efficiency. It was the lowest offensive effort by any Gator opponent this year. The Gators had three players hit better than .500 to lead the team to a .346 hitting efficiency.

Setter Kris Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior) led that charge with a season-high .857 (6-0-7). The junior spread the ball around for 35 assists. Junior Niki Hartley (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) was perfect with 10 kills on 20 swings for a .500 hitting efficiency. Hartley added nine digs.

Freshman Benavia Jenkins (Ft. Pierce, Fla./John Carroll) led all hitters with 14 kills for a .588 offensive effort. She's averaged .400 or better in 13 of the 16 matches. Jenkins also led with four blocks. The SEC Freshman of the Year Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) posted her ninth career double-double with 10 kills and a match-high 12 digs.

In other action, No. 6-seed Georgia upset No. 3 South Carolina in five games to advance. The Bulldogs will face LSU Saturday at 3 p.m. The No. 7-seed Tigers knocked off Western Division Champion Alabama 3-1.

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