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Sunday September 30, 2001Gator Volleyball Remains Perfect In SEC Play

Gainesville, FL

The Florida volleyball team improved is SEC record to 3-0 in 2001 with a 3-0 (30-24, 31-29, 30-21) win over the Tennessee Lady Vols this afternoon in front of 2,023 at the O’Connell Center. Florida (8-1/3-0 SEC) now improves its NCAA leading regular season conference winning streak to 86 matches. Tennessee falls to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in SEC play.

Aury Cruz’s 19th career double-double (13 kills, 19 digs) was one of the many keys for the Gators in a hard-fought win. Kris Bova tied her career high with seven kills while Benavia Jenkins hit .643 (nine kills, no errors) and Jen Mandes set a new career high with three aces. Nicole McCray connected on 11 kills and Jacque Robinson had nine kills on 17 swings to hit .412. Bova and Niki Hartley each had 10 digs apiece.

The first two games went back and forth between the Gators and Lady Vols. In the first game, Florida had the early edge at 5-4 after a block by Bova and McCray. Cruz fired a kill down the middle of the court after Tennessee tied the game at five. UF moved further ahead after two kills by Robinson and a block by Cruz and Jenkins made the score 11-9. Tennessee battled back and went ahead 17-15 before Florida was forced to call a time out. Coming out of the time out, Florida tied the game at 17. UF would go ahead at 26-24 on a Robinson kill and would not surrender the lead before winning the game 30-24.

The second game saw Florida score more than 30 points in a game for the first time this year, since the NCAA moved to rally scoring. Tennessee had a lead for much of the game before UF tied the game at 23 on Robinson’s seventh kill of the match. Bova put Florida ahead 25-24 when Tennessee called a time out to talk things over. A Jenkins and Robinson block gave Florida game-point at 29-27 but a UT kill and a Florida error tied the game at 29. Jenkins killed the next point and Cruz registered one of her three aces of the match for the deciding point.

Kris Bova registered four kills in the third game alone as Florida won the third stanza by a 30-21 count. Florida had leads of 12-8 and 25-17 before closing out the match with the third game win.

Florida hits the road once again when it travels to Auburn (Fri. Oct. 5) and Alabama (Sun. Oct. 7). The matches can be heard on WRUF-AM 850 and on Gatorzone.com.

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