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Aury Cruz tallied a team-leading 17 kills and 10 digs in Florida's win over Mississippi Sunday.

Sunday October 13, 2002Gator Volleyball Shuts Out Mississippi, 3-0

Gainesville, FL

Aury Cruz tallied a team-leading 17 kills and 10 digs in Florida's win over Mississippi Sunday.

Behind double-digits kills by three Gators and four Florida players hitting above .500, the No. 3-ranked Gator volleyball team swept Mississippi Sunday in Southeastern Conference action in front of 1,172 at the O’Connell Center.

The sweep is Florida’s 13th of the season, and the Gators (16-1, 6-0 SEC) have swept every SEC opponent this season. Florida has also won 21 consecutive games – a streak that began with game two against Florida State on Sept. 24.

Florida opened the scoring in the match when a Lady Rebel attack went long. Senior Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas) tallied the Gators' first three kills of the match and helped Florida take a 4-3 lead. The Gators took a 7-5 lead and then went on a 5-1 run to extend that lead to 12-6. Ole Miss (8-10, 1-5 SEC) worked its way back to within two at 13-11 before Florida began a run to take a 20-11 lead. The Gators went on the win the opening stanza 30-14.

In game two, Ole Miss hung with the Gators for the first few points and tied the match at 4-4. Florida then proceeded to take a 10-4 lead on a 6-0 run that featured kills by Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico), Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) and one of Lauren Moscovic's (Stockton, Calif.) four service aces. After taking an 11-7 lead, the Gators went on another serving run, this time 5-0, to extend their advantage to 16-7. Florida controlled the remainder of the game, winning 30-16.

After the Lady Rebels scored the first two point of game three, the Gators quickly set the tempo, taking a 7-3 lead on consecutive kills by McCray, Cruz and McCray again. With a 19-13 lead, Cruz began a 5-0 serving run that gave the Gators a 24-13 advantage. After Florida reached match point, Ole Miss added three straight points, but a kill by Jane Collymore (Engelwood, Colo.) ended the contest with a 30-18, game three win.

Cruz led Florida in kills with 17, followed by McCray with 13 and Jenkins with 10. Defensively, Cruz tallied a team-high 10 digs, while Jenkins added three blocks in the win.

For the Lady Rebels, Rachel Refenes recorded a team-high eight kills, while Jade Polonich added eight digs in the loss.

Florida returns to action Friday at 8 p.m. when the Gators host LSU at the O'Connell Center.

Florida Notes

  • Four Gators registered a hitting efficiency of .500 or better – Nicole McCray (.522), Jane Collymore (.600), Aury Cruz (.615) and Benavia Jenkins (.692).
  • Lauren Moscovic’s four service aces is a season-high.
  • Florida’s .455 hitting percentage is the second-best efficiency of the season and the fifth time this year that the Gators have registered a hitting percentage of .400 or better.
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