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Friday October 5, 2001Gator Volleyball Sweeps Auburn in SEC Play

AUBURN, Ala.

The eighth ranked Florida volleyball team was Auburn, Ala., this evening in the first match of an Southeastern Conference road swing against the Auburn Tigers. The Gators recorded a 3-0 (30-18, 30-18, 30-18) over the Tigers. Florida (9-1/4-0 SEC) now needs only two more victories to reach the 500 mark in its history.

The Gators were led tonight by Aury Cruz, who had her second straight and 20th career double-double (14 kills, 11 digs). Jacque Robinson hit .722 with 13 kills on 18 swings. Benavia Jenkins had 12 kills.

Auburn (1-12/0-5 SEC) was within one point of the Gators at 5-4 in the first game, but Florida ran off three points on a kill by Cruz, Nicole McCray and a hitting error by Auburn. Florida extended its lead to 10-5 on a Niki Hartley kill. A block by Jenkins and Robinson and a kill by Cruz gave Florida a 14-7 lead forcing the Tigers to call a time out. Cruz first ace of the match gave UF a 17-8 lead. Jenkins and Robinson combined for another block as the Gators began to run away with the game. At 21-9, Auburn took its second allotted time out. Sherri Williams registered two kills and her first career solo block as Florida began to cruise to the first game win. Cruz served an ace to give the Gators the first game win. In the game, Jenkins and were Williams were both perfect in the hitting category. They helped the Gators to a .464 hitting percentage in the first game.

Game two started with a Cruz kill before the game was quickly tied by the Tigers. Auburn had two leads in the early going of the second game. Robinson tied the match for the second time with a kill to make it 3-3. Florida took its first lead of the game on a kill by Michelle Chatman. Florida took a 7-6 lead in the game on a left-handed kill by Cruz. Auburn hung tough and kept the game close, tying the match for the fourth time at 8-8. Five points later, Florida had a 12-9 advantage, thanks to two consecutive kills by Jenkins. After Auburn got as close as 15-14, McCray killed a ball down the middle to give UF a 16-14 lead. After two attack errors and a block by Cruz, Auburn called a time out. McCray served six straight points Florida nearly closed out the game. At 25-15, Auburn got two consecutive points before a double hit call gave the serve back to the Gators. Robinson killed the final point of the game as the Gators took the second game by an identical 30-18 score.

Florida jumped out to a 7-4 lead at the outset of the third game. Robinson and Hartley had kills in the early going. Hartley served five straight points to give the Gators a 11-5 lead. Auburn requested a time out with the score 14-5. Robinson recorded a kill to give Florida a 17-7 lead and Jenkins had a kill to make it 18-8 in favor of the Gators. At 20-8, UF had its biggest lead after a Hartley kill and a hitting error by Auburn. Cruz extended Florida's largest lead when she killed a ball to make it 24-11. Florida would go on to win the game 30-18

Florida travels to Alabama to play the Crimson Tide at 3 pm on Sunday. The match can be heard live on WRUF-AM 850 and on Gatorzone.com.

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