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Sherri Williams led the Gators with four blocks and added seven kills in Florida's sweep of Auburn

Sunday November 10, 2002No. 3 Volleyball Sweeps Past Auburn 3-0

Auburn, AL

Sherri Williams led the Gators with four blocks and added seven kills in Florida's sweep of Auburn

Powered by the serving and attacking of Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas), the No. 3 University of Florida volleyball team swept Auburn University 3-0 (30-14, 30-20, 30-13) Sunday at the Student Activities Center.

Florida quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two kills by McCray, a kill from Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.) and an Auburn hitting error. The Gators then gave up two straight points on hitting errors before regaining the serve on an Auburn service error. After Florida built an 8-4 lead, however, the Tigers stormed back with a 4-1 run to close to within one point at 9-8. With the Gators leading 12-10, McCray rattled off four of Florida's next five points with four kills to give Florida the 17-10 advantage. After Auburn scored three straight, McCray took over again, this time with her serving. Florida went on a 10-0 run that included two McCray service aces, three kills from Jane Collymore (Engelwood, Colo.) and a solo block from Benavia Jenkins (Fort Pierce, Fla.). That run put the Gators ahead 27-13 en route to the 30-14 win in game one.

Auburn began game two just as the Gators began game one, scoring the first four points of the stanza, but a kill from Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) stopped the run. Florida worked its way back to a 5-5 tie and took a 6-5 lead on a block from McCray. Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.), who has been a key reserve off the bench all season, showed why, turning it up a notch with a solo block to give Florida a 13-7 lead. Williams also added two kills, a service ace and a block assist in game two. Auburn played game two closer than game one, but Florida came away with the 30-20 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Game three began in Florida's favor, as the Gators scored the first three points before Auburn scored two straight to move to within one at 3-2. The Tigers and Florida traded points, and the Gators moved out to a 12-6 lead. Ellen Rehme (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded a solo block - her third of the season - to put the Gators ahead 17-10, and with Florida ahead 19-10, Williams and Rehme added block assists to push the Gators out to a 10-point lead at 20-10. Florida didn't look back, taking the game and the match.

For the eighth time in Florida's nine matches, McCray has registered double digits in kills, this time recording 11 in the win. Chatman also added 11 kills, and led both teams in digs with 15. Williams' four blocks led both teams as well, and her three block assists ties a career-high for her.

Florida returns home to face No. 18 South Carolina Friday at 5 p.m. in the O'Connell Center, and will face Kentucky on Sunday for Senior Day.

Match notes

  • McCray's three service aces is the most this season and one shy of her career best of four.
  • Jenkins, who registered a solo block and one block assist, has now recorded a solo block in 17 of 25 matches this season.
  • Williams also led the team in hitting efficiency at .545.
  • All but one Gator registered a dig in Sunday's match.

 

 

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