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Friday October 12, 2001Gator Volleyball Notches 500th Win

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida volleyball team won the 500th match in the program's history with a 3-0 sweep of Mississippi in front of 5,831 at the O'Connell Center on Friday night. The fourth-largest crowd in UF volleyball history witnessed the 30-10, 30-19, 30-12 win for the Gators who move to 11-1 on the season and improve to 6-0 in SEC play.

"It is a reflection of how many great players have come through here," Head Coach Mary Wise said of the team's 500th win. "We are fortunate there was a 500th win. There wouldn't have been one if Florida had not brought volleyball back in the mid 80s."

Benavia Jenkins was perfect for the evening with 10 kills on 10 attempts with no errors. She also had six block assists. Aury Cruz recorded 16 kills on 31 attempts and hit .452 for the match. Nicole McCray hit at a .583 clip with eight kills. Kris Bova set a season high 45 assists and had 10 digs. As a team, UF hit .423 while holding Mississippi to .019. UF out-blocked the Rebels nine to four.

In the first game, UF jumped out to a 6-2 lead thanks to two McCray kills in the first three points. Cruz added back-to-back aces to extend Florida's lead before Mississippi called a time out. Coming out of the time out, Florida went on a 6-0 run on the serve of Jen Mandes and lead 21-6 after a kill by Niki Hartley. In the first game, the Gators had 19 kills and hit at a .655 percentage. The Gators had no errors in a game which they won 30-10.

The second game started with two aces by Lauren Moscovic, which keyed a 5-0 lead at the outset. Florida finally recorded its first attack error on its 31st swing of the match. UF took command of the second game early and went on to win it easily. Florida's fifth error didn't come until the Gators had 27 points and won the game 30-19.

The Florida defense kept the Gators in control of the match as they went on to win the clinching game 30-21.

"We played great defense against their offensive player, holding her to only six kills in the match," Wise said. "We hit over .400 and tied our season high with 14 service aces. It was a great match.

"The crowd for our 500th win is more special now that the match is over," Wise continued. "It probably means more for those of us in the program than the 5,000-plus people in the stands."

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