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Friday September 13, 2002Volleyball Sweeps Ohio, Faces Stanford Saturday

Gainesville, FL

Junior Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico) returned to action in style Friday night, recording 11 kills and 15 digs en route to Florida’s 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-22) volleyball win over Ohio in front of 2,023 at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.

Florida (6-1) will now move on to play No. 1-ranked Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship match of the tournament.

The last time Florida played a Mid-American Conference school was in 2000 when the Gators defeated Ball State 3-0.

Game One saw Florida and Ohio (6-1) trade points to begin the match, but with the score tied 5-5, the Gators went on a 6-1 run to take an 11-6 lead. With the Gators leading 21-14 later in the game, Ohio opened up a 5-1 run to close within three at 22-19. Florida quickly put up three points and took the first game 30-22.

In Game Two, Florida’s 4-3 lead quickly became an 1-4 lead after a 7-1 run that included kills by Jacque Robinson (Merced, Calif.) and Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas) and a service ace from Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, Fla.). McCray, Jenkins and Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) each registered four kills in the game for a 30-17 win. In the final game of the match, the Gators tallied five service aces, including two from Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.) and won 30-22.

Under Wise, Florida is 10-0 against MAC opponents, and the Gators are 13-1 in school history vs. MAC teams. UF’s eight service aces equals its season high, and the Gators’ 52 digs are the most so far this season in three-game matches.

In the first match of the tournament, Stanford swept Houston 3-0 (30-21, 30-19, 30-17) to remain undefeated this season at 8-0. For the Cardinal, Ashley Ivy tallied a match-high 10 kills and recorded six service aces. Loure Dews led Houston with eight kills.

The Gators will face defending national champion Stanford Saturday at 3:30 p.m., while Houston plays Ohio at 1 p.m.


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