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Friday August 30, 2002Volleyball Defeats UAB 3-0 in UCH Invitational

Gainesville, FL

The seventh-ranked University of Florida defeated UAB (30-13, 30-19, 30-16) in the second match of the 2002 University Centre Hotel Invitational. Senior Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas) tallied a match-high 13 kills en route to a .706 hitting percentage.

Game one saw the Gators (1-0) hit .514 with 19 kills and just one error. Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) led off with the first kill of the match, while Taylor Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) tallied the first kill of her career within moments of entering her first career match. Seven of eight Florida players registered at least one kill as the Gators went on a 6-0 run to close out the first game 30-13.

Freshmen Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) and Jane Collymore (Engelwood, Colo.) made the first appearances of their careers in Game two. Collymore registered two kills in three attacks for a .667 percentage, and McCray added seven kills.

In Game three, the Gators went on a 6-0 run at the start of the game to take an 11-2 lead. Collymore tallied three service aces and Engel added the first kill of her career. The Gators held UAB to just seven kills.

Overall, Florida hit .408, and McCray added a team-high eight digs to her kill total. Chatman added nine kills, while Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.) added 28 assists. Florida out-blocked UAB 9-2, and Moscovic and McCray added three blocks each.

For the Blazers (0-1) Martina Shields led the team with 10 kills, while Samantha Tucillo added 11 digs.

In the first match of the day 19th-ranked Ilinois defeated the University of Rhode Island 3-0 (30-17, 30-28, 30-19). Illinois out-blocked the Rams 14-2, including eight team blocks during the third game. Junior Lisa Argabright led the Fighting Illini with 10 kills and Melissa Vandrey had 11 digs. Senior Juliana Valencia led Rhode Island with 11 digs. After finishing the first game with eight kills and a .000 attack percentage, the Ram's attack percentage improved to .044 with 11 kills during the second game.

Tonight UAB faces Illinois at 5:30 p.m. and the No. 7 Gators host Rhode Island at 7:30 p.m.

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