Sunday October 14, 2001UF Volleyball Team Sweeps Mississippi State
The ninth-ranked Florida volleyball team defeated Mississippi state 3-0 (20-12, 30-17, 30-24) this afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators have now won 91 consecutive regular season SEC matches, the second most in NCAA history and the longest active streak in the nation. Florida (12-1, 7-0 SEC) was coming off the 500th win in program history, which it achieved on Friday night.
Aury Cruz recorded 20 kills in a match for the seventh time in her career and achieved the mark in a three-game match for only the third time. The sophomore from Puerto Rico, had 20 kills on 29 swings and did not record an error all match. She was a perfect nine for nine in the second game and hit .690 for the match. Jacque Robinson had 10 kills and hit .615. Freshman Sherri Williams recorded six kills for her new career high.
"We challenged the team that this was going to be a very different match than Friday night. We would have to create our own enthusiasm. Aury answered that we were going to play hard and play aggressive defense," Gator Head Coach Mary Wise said following the match. "We did make some unforced errors, but credit Mississippi State because it changed the lineup and I would expect that they would stay with the lineup."
The Gators jumped out to an early lead in the match. Florida’s seniors, Niki Hartley and Kris Bova, earned Florida’s first two points of the first game with kills. Nicole McCray added a service ace to give UF a 3-0 lead early on. Four points came from Bova’s serve thanks to kills by Benavia Jenkins, Jacque Robinson and Hartley. Jenkins and Cruz combined for a block to lead 9-2 when Mississippi State called a time out. Cruz went to work after the time out, serving up five straight points before a service error ended the run. Florida recorded 18 kills in the first game and hit .429.
The second game saw four Gators hit a perfect 1.000. Cruz had nine kills on nine attempts without an error while Jen Mandes, Williams and Robinson all hit perfect in the game. Ten Florida players saw action in the 30-17 win with seven of them recording kills. Cruz added eight more kills in the clinching third game and was one of three players to hit .667 for UF. Florida killed 21 swings in the third game, 14 of them coming on assists from Bova.
"Aury is going to get her kills, we want to get other players in the offense. We passed very well, Kris [Bova] had a lot of opportunities to get other people involved. Nicole [McCray] was very good today, so was Jacque [Robinson] and so was Sherri Williams. The one error she had wasn’t her fault. But she played hard."
Florida returns to SEC play with a match at Georgia on Friday night before returning home to he O’Connell Center one week from today to play the Bulldogs once again. Both matches will be broadcast on WRUF-AM 850 and on Gatorzone.com.
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