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Aury Cruz served up a career-high seven aces in UF's sweep of Kentucky.

Friday September 28, 2001Gator Volleyball Aces to Sweep of Kentucky

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Aury Cruz served up a career-high seven aces in UF's sweep of Kentucky.

The ninth-ranked Florida Volleyball team continued is perfect SEC campaign this evening with a 3-0 (30-27, 30-19, 30-17) over Kentucky. Florida tied a season high with 14 service aces and were led by Aury Cruzís career-high seven aces. Freshman Lauren Moscovic also tallied a career high six aces to help the Florida cause.

Florida (7-1/2-0 SEC) hit .295 as a team and had a total of eight team blocks. Kentucky (5-5/1-2 SEC) hit .074 for the match and had 27 digs in the three games. Eight of the 12 Gators that saw action recorded kills. Cruz contributed a double-double (13 kills, 13 digs), the 17th of her career and had seven kills from both Nicle McCray and Jacque Robinson. McCray had two and a half blocks to lead the team.

After jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first game of the match, Florida moved to a 16-10 lead on the serve of Moscovic. Kentucky battled to get within 17-10 before a dump kill by McCray gave the Gators an 18-10 advantage. The Wildcats ran off seven straight points to move within o0ne at 18-17. Florida rebuilt its lead behind a Cruz kill and a Benavia Jenkins and Robinson block before UK tied tha match at 20. Kentucky had a lead at 21-20. After tying the match at 24, a Kentucky service error gave the Gators a lead it would not relinquish.

Kentucky led 2-0 at the outset of Game 2 before Cruz took over with her serve. She served three straight aces at one point and had five in the second stanza alone. Moscovic hid her part as she chipped in three aces of her own. Florida moved its lead to 13-4 after Kris Bova set up two of her 32 kills to Robinson and fellow senior Niki Hartley. At 26-18, Jessica Riester nearly served out the game and led Florida to a 30-19 win in the second frame.

Cruzí seventh ace of the match gave UF a 4-3 advantage in the decisive third game and Moscovicís sixth ace gave UF a 10-5 lead. UF would go on to win the match in three with the 30-17 win in the third game.

"This match was similar in fashion to the Texas match. Our serving dictated how we played," Uf head coach Mary Wise said following the match. "Kentucky is usually a good serving team, but we passes the ball very well. The had some unforced errors, so it took us a while to get a good side-out game going when we had to earn it.

"Aury [Cruz] was a pretty special player again tonight," Wise continued. "A double-double in this kind of match speaks volumes about how she plays. Thatís how she practices."

Florida continues its SEC season on Sunday by hosting Tennessee at 2 p.m. in the OíConnell Center. The match can be heard on WRUF-AM 850 and on Gatorzone.com.

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