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Friday August 30, 2002Volleyball Sweeps Rhode Island 3-0

Gainesville, FL

Junior Jacque Robinson (Merced, Calif.) registered a match-high 14 kills, and senior Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas) added seven blocks as the seventh-ranked Florida Gator volleyball team defeated Rhode Island 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-21) in the University Centre Hotel Invitational at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

"We faced a team very different team from UAB who did some unique things with their offense, and that was a good opportunity for our players to play against that," said UF Head Coach Mary Wise. "Offensively both Benavia (Jenkins) and Jacque (Robinson) hit the ball very well, and Nicole worked so hard in what she gave is in terms of digging and blocking."

In Game One, the Gators (2-0) led 4-2 before Rhode Island went on a 6-0 run to take an 8-4 lead. Florida worked its way back to tie the Rams at 10-10. With the score tied 12-12, Florida opened up a 6-0 run of its own to take an 18-12 lead. After trading point, the Gators finally put the game away 30-22 with a Robinson kill.

The Gators scored the first four points and opened with an 11-2 run in the second game. After taking a 17-8 lead, the Rams came back with a five-point run to close the gap to 17-13. Rhode Island came within three points at 18-15, but Florida closed out the 30-25, Game Two win with a block by Robinson and McCray.

With Game Three tied 7-7, the Gators went on an 8-2 run to take a 15-9 lead. Florida opened up a 22-11 lead before Rhode Island made a slight comeback. Then, with the Gators ahead 27-15, the Rams went on a 6-0 run to move within seven before Florida took the final game.

For Rhode Island (0-2), Kaleena Miller recorded eight kills, while Mary Kate Reardon and Juliana Valencia each added seven digs.

In earlier action, the 19th-ranked Illinois women's volleyball team defeated UAB 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-27) Friday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Illinois (2-0) was led by Sue Webber with 12 kills. Martina Shields led UAB (0-2) with nine kills.

UAB will face Rhode Island at 1:30 p.m., while the Gators and Illinois close out the tournament at 3:30 p.m. Fans with a football ticket will be admitted free to the match.

Gator Bites

  • Freshman Jane Collymore made the first start of her career Friday night.
  • Friday was also the debut of the libero position in the women’s collegiate game.
  • The Gators out-blocked Rhode Island 10-3.
  • Three players hit .400 or better against Rhode Island. Benavia Jenkins led the team with a .462 hitting percentage, while Robinson hit .407 and Lauren Moscovic hit .400.

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