Monday October 29, 2001Gator Volleyball Winning Streak Runs to 15 Matches
The ninth-ranked Florida volleyball team extended its winning streak to 15 matches with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-17, 30-18) win over Louisville in non-conference action at the O’Connell Center this evening. The Gators improve to 17-1 on the season while Louisville falls to 16-5.
Aury Cruz recorded 15 kills and has now recorded double figures in 21 straight matches dating back to last season. Benavia Jenkins killed 10 attacks and hit an efficient .438 for the Gators. Kris Bova assisted on 46 kills, had four kills of her own and had 10 digs. As a team, Florida hit .361 to Louisville’s .025, marking the eighth time in the last nine matches that UF has hit over .300. Florida outblocked the Cardinals 12-6, the 15th straight match that UF has outblocked its opponent.
"The key numbers in this match were .361(UF hitting pct.), 12 (UF blocks) and .025 (Louisville hitting pct.)," Gator head coach Mary Wise said following the win. "We keyed on the offense of their two outside hitters and we did that by serving and blocking well and with our passing."
Cruz recorded four kills in the first 10 points Florida scored as the Gators jumped out to a 10-5 first-game lead. That lead was extended to 17-8 after Jacque Robinson killed a ball on the left side. Robinson was one of three Gators to end the first game with four or more kills, as 22 of Florida’s 30 first-game points came on kills.
Louiville’s only lead of the match was a 1-0 in the second game, after which Florida reeled off five straight points to take control. In the run, Jenkins recorded two of her 10 kills and two of her match-high seven block assists. Florida’s biggest lead was 24-9 after the second of back-to-back kills by Nicole McCray. UF would go on to win the game on the heels of five team blocks and six kills by Cruz in the game.
UF took control of the third game from the outset and never looked back in the clinching 30-18 win. Six different players recorded kills while four assisted on blocks. Louisville killed 11 attacks, but also had 10 attack errors. 12 of Bova’s 46 assists came in the final frame.
"Kris is hitting a groove right now," Wise said of the senior setter. "The offensive numbers of our hitters are proof of that."
Florida has now won 12 straight matches in the form of 3-0 sweeps and have won 39 consecutive games, dating back to Sept. 21 at South Carolina. The Gamecocks are next on the schedule for the Gators on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm in the O’Connell Center. The match will end UF’s week of homecoming festivities and will be televised by the Sunshine Network and broadcast on WRUF-AM 850 and Gatorzone.com.
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