Saturday September 7, 2002No. 6 VB Defeats BYU 3-0
The No. 6 Florida Gator volleyball team defeated Brigham Young 3-0 (30, 26, 30-27, 30-20) Saturday in the final match of the BYU Mizuno Classic in front of 1,150 at Smith Fieldhouse. Florida was led by junior Jacque Robinson (Merced, Calif.), who tallied a career-high 21 kills in the win.
The Gators (5-1) struck first in game one, scoring the opening point on a kill by sophomore Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.). Florida outscored BYU (2-5) 8-3 to begin the match, with the Cougars' first three points coming on Florida service errors. The Gators' largest lead of the first game came at 15-7, but the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to move within two at 16-14. BYU eventually took a 21-20 lead - its first lead of the match - but Florida would regain the lead for good at 23-22 en route to a 30-26 win in game one.
Florida took a 4-0 lead in the second game before BYU scored its first point. With the Gators leading 7-3, the Cougars went on a 3-0 run to come back to within one of the Gators but could not get any closer. Florida went on a 5-0 run to open up a game-high nine-point lead at 18-9. After the Gators scored once more, BYU opened up a 5-0 run to creep to within three at 19-16. The Cougars would get within two at 29-27, but Florida took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-27 in game two.
The Cougars struck first in game three, but Florida quickly went on a 10-0 run behind three service aces by Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, Fla.). The closest BYU would get was within six points at 15-9. The Gators closed out the game and the match with a 30-20 win in the final game of the BYU Mizuno Classic.
Freshman Jane Collymore (Engelwood, Colo.) set a career-high in kills with 10, while the Gators continue their streak of out-blocking their opponents by tallying 15 blocks to BYU's seven. For the second consecutive match, Chatman has hit over .300 (.324 vs. Oral Roberts and .389 vs. BYU)
Florida's Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas) and Jenkins were named to the BYU Mizuno Classic All-tournament team, along with April Ross and Emily Adams from USC, Patricia Menezes from Oral Roberts and BYU's Carrie Bowers. Keao Burdine from USC was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Florida returns to action next weekend when the Gators host the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. Florida plays host to Ohio Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., while Houston takes on defending national champion Stanford at 5 p.m.