Wednesday October 1, 2003No. 3 Gator Volleyball Sweeps Georgia 3-0
Behind a well-balanced Gator attack, the No. 3 Florida volleyball team swept Georgia 3-0 (30-16, 30-24, 30-18) Wednesday night at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Ga. Four Gators recorded at least 10 kills and each Florida player recorded at least a dig or a block in the win.
With her second kill of the night, Benavia Jenkins reached the 1,000-kill mark for her career, becoming just the second Gator in school history to have reached 1,000 kills and 500 blocks in her tenure. For the match, Jenkins totaled 10 kills and six blocks, while Aury Cruz added 12 kills and 14 digs and Jane Collymore tallied 12 kills and 13 digs.
The Gators (15-1, 3-0 SEC) opened the match with a 4-0 run that included a kill from Collymore, a service ace by Sherri Williams and a solo block from Jenkins. The Bulldogs stopped the run with a kill, but the Gators added two more to take a 6-1 lead. With Florida leading 8-4, the Gators opened a 3-0 run with kills from Cruz and Collymore to take the 11-4 advantage, forcing Georgia (8-7, 1-2 SEC) to use a timeout. Once the Gators took that lead, the closest the Bulldogs would get was five points, and Florida's largest lead of the game came at the final tally of 30-18.
Georgia returned the favor to begin the second game, opening up with a 5-0 run before a Cruz kill put the Gators on the board. A Cruz solo block and a Georgia hitting error pulled Florida to within two at 5-3 before a Bulldogs kill set the lead back out to three. A Gator kill and two straight Bulldog hitting errors knotted the game at 6-6 before a Florida service error handed the advantage back to Georgia. Jacque Robinson's sixth kill of the night and a Cruz service ace gave the Gators their first lead of the game at 8-7. The two teams traded points with neither team putting together a run of more than two points until two straight Georgia errors and a kill from Williams put Florida ahead 14-13. Georgia scored on the next play to tie the game at 14-14, but a Bulldog service error gave the Gators back the lead at 15-14. The battle continued, as the two squads matched each other point for point until Florida took a three-point lead at 21-18 culminated by a Collymore-Jenkins block. The Gators extended that lead to five points at 27-22 on a Cruz service ace, and won game two with the largest lead of the game at 30-24.
After Georgia scored to open the third game, Florida scored on the next two plays with kills from Cruz and Jenkins. The teams once again battled point for point until the Gators pulled out to a three-point lead at 9-6 on a kill by Williams. Georgia came roaring back with a 4-0 run to take a 10-9 lead before a Collymore kill knotted the game at 10-10. A Bulldog attack error and a kill by Lauren Moscovic put Florida ahead 12-10. Georgia knotted it at 12-12 before Jenkins brought home two consecutive kills to give the Gators the 14-12 advantage. A Cruz kill extended that lead to 15-12, and later in the game, Florida began to pull away with a 5-0 run to take a 22-15 lead, forcing Georgia to call a timeout. That run included kills from Williams and Collymore and a Cruz service ace. The Gators pushed that lead to 27-18 and closed out the match with a 30-18 win in game three.
For Georgia, Andrea Fisher tallied 11 kills, followed by Alexandra Oquendo with nine, and Jennie Metz added 13 digs in the effort.
Florida returns home to face Tennessee on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m. at the O'Connell Center.