Tuesday September 24, 2002Gator Volleyball Defeats Seminoles 3-1
Led by Jacque Robinson's (Merced, Calif.) 21 kills, the University of Florida volleyball team defeated non-conference rival Florida State 3-1 (25-30, 30-24, 30-18, 30-26) Tuesday in front of 2,545 at the O'Connell Center.
Florida State (8-4) grabbed an early lead in the first game with a 4-2 advantage, but the Gators (10-1) rallied to tie the game at 5-5 on Robinson's first kill of the match. After Florida built an 18-15 lead, the Seminoles began their comeback, scoring three straight points to take a 21-20 lead. The two teams traded points, but Florida State held on to win the first game 30-25.
Game two saw the Gators rebound slightly, opening up a four-point lead early in the game at 7-3. The Seminoles inched their way closer, bringing their deficit to just one point at 8-7. A Robinson kill began a four-point run, and the Gators added two more runs of three and four points, respectively, to move ahead 22-14. After Florida State scored late in the game to move to within three, Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) answered with a kill and a block assist with Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas) to put the Gators back up by five. Florida evened the match score at 1-1 with a 30-25 win in game two.
In game three, the Gators scored five straight points to take a 6-2 lead, followed by another 4-0 run. Halfway through the game and leading 16-10, Robinson began another run - this time a 6-1 run - to give Florida a 10-point lead at 22-12. Florida finished out the game at 30-18.
The final game was perhaps as close as the first game, with neither team gaining a large lead throughout. Once again, Robinson was a leading factor in the Gators' 30-26 win of game four, tallying six kills in the deciding game to tie her career-high of 21 kills for the match.
Junior Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico) added 14 kills and 11 digs for Florida, while McCray reached double digits in digs with 10.
Florida State was led by Kristin Frye, with 16 kills and 12 digs, while Erica Bunch also added 16 kills.
The Gators hit the road again this weekend, beginning Southeastern Conference play Friday at Mississippi at 8 p.m. EST. Florida then travels to Mississippi State to take on the Bulldogs Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. EST. Both matches will be aired live on WRUF-AM850.