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Jane Collymore set a career-high in kills with 19 in Florida's 3-0 win over Alabama

Friday September 26, 2003Sophomore Leads No. 3 VB to Sweep Over Alabama

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Jane Collymore set a career-high in kills with 19 in Florida's 3-0 win over Alabama

The No. 3 University of Florida volleyball team opened its Southeastern Conference schedule Friday by extending its winning streak to 13 matches with a 3-0 win (30-16, 30-14, 30-20) against Alabama at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Gators' win marked their 12th-consecutive sweep of the season.

Florida sophomore Jane Collymore recorded a career-high 19 kills and added five digs to score a match-high 20 points. Senior Aury Cruz moved into second-place on the Gators' all-time aces list with six against Alabama.

"Jane is doing everything we knew she had in her," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "She's more physical, which is what a year of practice will do."

With senior Benavia Jenkins serving in the first game, the Gators (13-1, 1-0 SEC) went on a 4-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. Leading 14-6, Cruz scored three of the next four consecutive Florida points on service aces.

The Gators finished off the first game on a 7-1 run, highlighted by a block and kill from Collymore, to clinch the game.

After falling behind 3-2 in game two, the Gators slowly took control of the game. Florida went on a 7-0 run behind two Cruz kills and an ace to take a 17-8 lead on the Crimson Tide (5-7, 0-1 SEC). The Gators closed out the game by scoring four consecutive points, beginning with a kill from junior Lauren Moscovic.

The Gators did not trail in the final game and took a 16-point lead, 26-9, on the second of two consecutive aces by freshman Amber McCray. Alabama made a 6-0 run late to close within eight of the Gators, but a block by McCray and junior Sherri Williams on the clinching point assured a perfect start to Florida's SEC season.

The Gators extended their conference winning streak to an NCAA-record 115 matches.

Alabama, which was led by Erin Heffner's eight kills, saw its three-match unbeaten streak come to an end.

Florida returns to action Sunday at 1:30 p.m. when it faces Auburn at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The game will be televised live on the Sunshine Network.

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