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Kris Bova had 52 assists and 11 digs.

Friday November 24, 2000Volleyball Defeats Cincinnati in Four Games

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.

Kris Bova had 52 assists and 11 digs.

The ninth-ranked University of Florida volleyball team again got offense out of its freshman and defense out of the upperclassmen as it put away Cincinnati 15-5, 15-9, 13-15, 15-2 Friday afternoon in the Conference Challenge at the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico/Bayamon Military Academy) led UF (26-4) with a match-high 24 kills and hit .340. The frosh also led all players with 21 digs and was in on four blocks.

Coach Mary Wise felt early on that Cruz would have a big match. "She had a double-double against a very good team. You could sense how into it she was from the first rally."

Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, Fla./John Carroll) posted a match-high .379 hitting efficiency with 15 kills and set the tone for UF's net defense with eight blocks. The Gators continued to build their brick wall, out-blocking UC 15-7.

UF also made it hard for UC to get a kill thanks to a 74-48 digs advantage. Junior Niki Hartley (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) worked UC with dazzling defense and finished with 19 digs. Her classmate and setter Kris Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior) had 11 and dished out 52 assists. Freshman Kelli Notestine (Valkaria, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also had 11 digs.

"The digging of Niki Hartley and Aury Cruz were a big part of our ability to beat Cincinnati," Wise said.

The Gators finished with a .255 hitting efficiency to UC's .067 despite not averaging better than .200 in a single game until the fourth stanza. In the third game, UF struggled with its passing, and UC found a way around UF's best effort (.182) to that point.

But, UF ended the Bearcats' hopes of forcing a fifth game with a stifling .700 hitting efficiency. The Gators more than doubled UC in kills (22-9).

In the early match, Tennessee (23-8) defeated Tulane (17-16) 15-8, 15-6, 8-15, 15-10. UF and Tulane meet Saturday at 2 p.m. Tennessee and UC will play at noon.

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