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Jane Collymore tallied a career-high 14 kills in Florida's win over North Carolina Saturday

Saturday September 20, 2003No. 3 VB Sweeps North Carolina

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Jane Collymore tallied a career-high 14 kills in Florida's win over North Carolina Saturday

Behind a career-high 14 kills and 11 digs from Jane Collymore, the third-ranked Florida Gators notched their ninth consecutive 3-0 sweep, defeating North Carolina (30-16, 30-19, 30-26).

Aury Cruz added 11 kills and Jen Mandes registered 10 digs in the winning effort for the Gators (10-1).

Florida scored the first point of the match on a Benavia Jenkins kill, and with the opening game tied 2-2, the Gators went on a 4-0 run that began with a kill by Sherri Williams and included a block from Michelle Chatman and Williams and an Aury Cruz service ace. On the ace, the Gators took a 6-2 lead. Florida extended its lead to as much as six early on at 13-7, but the Tarheels got to within four at 14-10. The Gators then opened up a 4-0 run that included kills from Williams, Jane Collymore and Cruz and a block by Jenkins and Chatman that forced North Carolina to call a timeout with Florida winning 18-10. Florida then went up 19-10 before the Tarheels answered with a point. The Gators would not let up, scoring the next five straight to take a 13-point lead at 24-11. After a Tarheel kill, the Gators got the serve back with a North Carolina service error, and after a Lauren Moscovic kill, the Tarheels used their final timeout of the opening stanza with Florida leading 26-12. With the Gators ahead 29-13, the Tarheels went on a 3-0 run before Florida closed out the first game with a 30-16 win.

The Gators opened the second game with a 4-0 run that included a Cruz kill and a Collymore ace. North Carolina answered with three straight points to move to within one at 4-3. The teams then traded points with neither team stringing more than two points together until Florida took a 16-12 lead on a Tarheel net violation. The Gators saw their largest lead of the game come at 20-14 after a Chatman kill that forced North Carolina to use a timeout to try to regroup. Taylor Williams checked in for the Gators following the stoppage a promptly tallied a service ace for the second straight match. Jenkins followed with a kill, and the Gators stretched their lead to nine at 23-14. Florida took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-19 win in game two.

The Tarheels looked like a new team in game three, capitalizing on Florida mistakes and carrying that momentum to their offense. The teams matched each other point for point to begin the game before North Carolina went on a 3-0 run to take a 10-7 lead. Moscovic answered with two straight dump kills to bring the Gators to within one at 10-9. The two teams traded points, and Florida took the lead at 13-12 after a kill by Collymore and a Tarheel attack error. The Gators extended their lead to three points at 15-12 and then to five points at 20-15 before North Carolina called a timeout. Following the stoppage, the Tarheels worked their way back to within two at 20-18 before Collymore answered with a kill for the Gators to stop the North Carolina run. Florida moved back out to a four-point lead at 26-22, and with the Gators leading 28-23, the Tarheels went on another late run to move to within two at 28-26. After Florida called a timeout, the Gators closed out the match on a Tarheel hitting error and a Jenkins kill.

For North Carolina (7-4), Katie Wright led the team with 14 kills and a .385 hitting effiociency, while three Tarheels registered sevn digs in the match.

The Gators wrap up play at the Wildcat Classic Saturday night against Northwestern at 8 p.m. EST.

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