Tuesday September 23, 2003No. 3 VB Shuts Out South Florida 3-0
The third-ranked Florida volleyball team swept South Florida 3-0 (30-22, 30-15, 30-20) Tuesday night at the Sun Dome for its 11th consecutive sweep and 12th win of the season.
Jane Collymore led the Gators (12-1) with 19 points on 14 kills, four saervice aces and two block assists. Benavia Jenkins followed with 18 points on 14 kills one service ace, two solo blocks and two block assists. Two other Gators tallied double digits in kills, including Aury Cruz with a double-double of 14 kills and 10 digs. The Gators also tied their season-high in service aces with seven.
Florida got on the board first with two quick points on a South Florida attack error and a service ace by Rachel Engel. After the Bulls scored on the next play, Collymore chimed in with a kill for the 3-1 Gator advantage. South Florida then went on a 4-0 run to take the lead at 5-3. Kills by Jenkins and Sherri Williams knotted the game at 5-5, and a kill from Cruz gave the Gators back the lead at 6-5. The teams traded points until Florida recorded kills on six of seven straight plays to take a 15-9 lead and force the Bulls to call a timeout. The Gators opened up a seven-point lead at 20-13 on a service ace by Lauren Moscovic. The next three straight points were scored on service errors by both teams before a South Florida attack error gave the Gators the 22-15 advantage. Florida's largest lead of the game came at 25-17 on a kill by Moscovic. After the Bulls followed with two straight points, the Gators answered with the same to take the 27-19 advantage. Florida closed out the opening stanza with a Collymore kill, a Cruz block and a Williams kill for the 30-22 win.
After Florida began the second game with an attack error to put South Florida on the board 1-0, the Gators went on a 7-1 run, including kills from Williams and Collymore and a Jenkins service ace for the 7-2 lead. The Bulls then answered Florida point-for-point for a short stretch until a service ace by Collymore and a South Florida ball-handling error extended the Florida lead to 14-7. The Gators stretched that lead out to nine at 17-8 on a kill by Cruz. Florida worked its way out to an 11-point lead at 22-11 and again at 24-13 on a block by Jenkins and Moscovic, forcing the Bulls to call a timeout. During that stretch and for several points after the stoppage, Jenkins was responsible in part for four of five straight points to give Florida the 26-14 lead. Collymore then took over with two aces during her next service run, and the Gators took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-15 win in the second game.
Game three began as a battle from the first serve as the Gators got on the board first with a kill by Cruz. The Bulls matched Florida point for point until the Gators went on a 4-0 run that included blocks from Jenkins and Collymore to take a 7-3 lead. South Florida battled back with two straight points to close to within two at 7-5 before a Jenkins kill stopped any momentum the Bulls had hoped to start. With a 9-6 lead, the Gators went on a 6-1 run to take an eight-point lead at 15-7. South Florida fought back with a 6-0 run to close to within two at 15-13 before the Gators used their first timeout of the match to try to stop the Bulls momentum. After the stoppage, South Florida scored another point on a Florida attack error but returned the favor and give the Gators back the serve. A few plays later, back-to-back powerful kills from Cruz and Collymore out the Gators back ahead by five at 19-14. From that point on, the teams traded points with the Bulls getting no closer than four points as the Gators closed out the match with a 30-20 win in the final stanza.
For South Florida (6-9), Johari Williams tallied a team-high eight kills, and Nicolette Barron added two service aces and two blocks in the effoirt.
The Gators return home to open Southeastern Conference play against Alabama Friday night at 7 p.m. at the O'Connell Center.