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Friday November 23, 2001UF Volleyball Opens Conference Challenge With Win

ORLANDO, FL

The seventh ranked Florida volleyball team opened play in the 2001 UF Volleyball Conference Challenge this afternoon with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-15) win over Virginia Tech. The Gators will face 25th-ranked Notre Dame in tomorrow's final match.

Florida was led in today's match by Benavia jenkins with 10 kills on a .615 hitting percentage. Nicole McCray added nine kills to the Gator cause and had three block assists. Aury Cruz had six kills, breaking her string of 27 straight matches in double-figures. Kris Bova had a match-high 33 assists. Jessica Riester pitched in three kills, two service aces and three digs.

Florida rolled to the first game win after jumping out to a 10-0 lead on the Hokies. Florida had runs of 10-0, 4-0 and 5-0 in the first game. McCray had four kills and two block assists in the first game. Jen Mandes served up four consecutive points in the 10-0 start and had three digs in the first frame. The Gators, who won their ninth SEC Tournament championship last weekend, had the game in hand before Virginia Tech spent its two timeouts.

The second game went much the same as the first. Jenkins killed four of her five attacks in the game and helped the Gators to the 30-17 win. The clinching third game saw UF serve up four of its match-high 12 aces. Reister killed two balls in the third game. Jenkins had five kills in the game while McCray had three.

The Gators have now out-blocked their opponents in 22 straight matches and have out-killed their matches in 22 straight as well. UF's winning streak is extended to 22 matches.

Florida plays the 25th-ranked Fighting Irish, who defeated LSU 3-0 in today's first match, at 2 pm tomorrow at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. LSU takes on Virginia Tech at noon in the first match.

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