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Amber McCray tallied nine kills and a .692 hitting percentage Friday against Rutgers.

Friday August 29, 2003No. 3 VB Sweeps Rutgers 3-0

Gainesville, FL

Amber McCray tallied nine kills and a .692 hitting percentage Friday against Rutgers.

Led by 18.5 points from senior Aury Cruz, the third-ranked Florida volleyball team defeated Rutgers 3-0 (30-16, 30-21, 30-21) Friday afternoon in the Gators' home opener. Amber McCray added nine kills with no errors on 13 attacks for a .692 hitting percentage Florida will face American Friday night at 8 p.m.

Cruz tallied her second straight double-double with 16 kills with no errors and 10 digs and recorded a .516 hitting efficiency for the match, while Benavia Jenkins registered eight kills and four blocks on the match.

Florida jumped out to a 5-0 lead quickly behind the service of Michelle Chatman. In that run to open the match, Jenkins, Chatman and Cruz, respectively, recorded kiills, followed by a block from Cruz and Jenkins. The Gators were in control of the game after that, as Rutgers got no closer than four points at 7-3. Florida took the first game by a score of 30-16.

Game two proved to be a little closer, with the Scarlet Knights going on a 4-0 run in the middle of the game to knot the score at 12-12. The Gators scored two straight, then rutgers answered to mmove to within one. After Florida opened a four-point lead at 17-13, Rutgers went on another four-point run to tie the game at 17-17. Florida then took over momentum and won the game 30-21.

Jenkins began game three with a six-point serving run that included kills from Cruz and Sherri Williams. Florida was able to gain control early in the game and wrap up the match with a 30-21 win in the final stanza.

For Rutgers, Shayla Bush and Dawn Christjaener each tallied eight kills, and Bush added eight digs to the effort.

In the first match of the day, BYU opened the 2003 Campus USA Credit Union Invitational by defeating American 3-1 (30-19, 30-19, 28-30, 30-20). The Cougars finished with 66 kills to the Eagles' sum of 38 as BYU out-hit American .348-.114. Senior Carrie Bowers led the way for the Cougars, posting a match-high 22 kills en route to 24 points. Senior Karla Kucerkova paced American with 11 kills and 14 points.

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