Sunday September 7, 2003No. 3 VB Dominates No. 4 Stanford 3-0
Palo Alto, CA
In a well-rounded effort by the No. 3 Florida volleyball team, the Gators swept No. 4 Stanford 3-0 (30-17, 30-25, 30-18) on its home court Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif. For the second straight night, Benavia Jenkins led Florida in kills with 13, followed by Jacque Robinson with 10. Aury Cruz added 14 digs in the winning effort.
The last time Stanford lost at home to a non-Pac 10 opponent was Oct. 9, 1993, when the Cardinal fell to Pacific 3-1.
Stanford got on the board first, scoring the opening point. Robinson followed with a kill to tie the game at 1-1. The Cardinal then scored the next two points to take a 3-1 lead. Florida worked its way back to a tie several times before taking the lead at 7-6 on a service ace by Jenkins. With an 11-9 lead, Florida went on a 3-1 run to take the 14-10 advantage. The Gators increased their lead to 17-12 before forcing Stanford to call a timeout. Coming out of the stoppage, the Cardinal tallied two straight attack errors for the 19-12 Gator advantage. Stanford scored on the next play, but Florida came back with two straight points off kills by Sherri Williams and Cruz, respectively, to make the Cardinal use their final timeout of the opening stanza. Stanford's Ogonna Nnamani served up a kill for the Cardinal right out of the stoppage, but Florida answered with kills from Cruz and Robinson to take a nine-point lead at 23-14. The Gators' largest lead of the game came at the final tally of 30-17 in the opening stanza.
Florida took the lead to begin the second game when Stanford opened with a service error and Jenkins answered with a kill for the 2-0 advantage. After the Cardinal scored on the next play, a Robinson kill gave Florida the two-point lead at 3-1. The Cardinal worked their way back, though, and took the lead at 5-4 before kills from Jenkins and Williams gave the Gators the 6-5 advantage. The teams traded points, and with the game tied 7-7, the Cardinal opened a 4-0 run and force the Gators into a timeout. Florida worked its way back to within two at 12-10 and again at 13-11 on a kill by Robinson. Again the teams traded points before the Gators regained the lead on a 3-0 run that was comprised of a kill and service ace by Jenkins and a Stanford attack error. With Florida leading 16-15, the Cardinal used their first timeout of the game. UF then went on a 5-1 run to force Stanford into their final timeout to try to stop the Gators' momentum. The Gators held it, though, coming out of the timeout with a kill by Robinson, a Lauren Moscovic ace and a Cardinal hitting error to gain the 23-16 advantage. In all, the Gators went on a six-point run to take the sizable lead. Florida held a 28-21 lead before the Cardinal worked their way back to within three points at 28-25 and made the Gators take their final timeout of the stanza. With Collymore serving game point at 29-25, Stanford's attack was long and Florida took a 2-0 lead in the match with the 30-25 win in game two.
The Cardinal came out in game three with a 3-0 run before Robinson tallied a kill to get Florida on the board. Jenkins, who passed Nicole McCray for second place all-time on UF's career blocks list, followed with a kill to bring the game to 3-2. After trading points, Florida worked its way to a tie at 5-5 on a kill by Jenkins. Florida took the lead at 8-7 on a double-hit by Stanford setter Katie Goldhahn. The Gators extended their lead to 11-8 before the Cardinal burned a timeout to regroup. Florida raced out to a six-point lead at 15-9 that included a kill and a service ace by Williams and a block by Jenkins and Robinson and forced Stanford to use its final timeout with more than half the game remaining. After Stanford scored to make the score 16-10, Florida went on a 7-0 run as the Cardinal had their hands tied being out of timeouts. Florida extended its lead to 23-10 before Stanford finally caught a break. It wouldn't last long, though, as Collymore answered with a kill.
For the Cardinal, Nnamani tallied 12 kills, and Leahi Hall added 13 digs in the effort.
The Gators return home for the Hilton Volleyball Classic Sept. 12-13 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Xavier and Minnesota square off on Friday at 5 p.m., while Florida faces Florida A&M at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Gators will take on either Xavier or Minnesota at 3:30 p.m.