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Sherri Williams notched a career-high 19 kills in Florida's win over Tennessee Sunday.

Monday October 6, 2003No. 3 VB Improves to 4-0 in SEC, Drops Tennessee

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Sherri Williams notched a career-high 19 kills in Florida's win over Tennessee Sunday.

Despite facing game point in the second game against Tennessee on Sunday, the No. 3 University of Florida volleyball team swept an opponent for the 15th-consecutive match with a 3-0 (30-15, 32-30, 30-12) win at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Florida (16-1, 4-0 SEC) extended its winning steak to 16 matches. Tennessee falls to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in the SEC.

Gators' junior middle blocker Sherri Williams registered match highs with 19 kills and 21 points. Senior outside hitter Aury Cruz had a game-high 16 digs and 14 kills for Florida, while junior setter Lauren Moscovic had a strong match with 49 assists.

"I think the second game is indicative of the Tennessee team we saw on video in that they are a great side out team and very scrappy," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "I think we got into a good serving rhythm. We were able to make runs based on our serves."

The Gators did not trail in the first game, using a 7-1 run to take a 17-11 lead on Tennessee. Florida closed out the first game by scoring its final six points. Cruz's play helped Florida take a quick 1-0 lead in the match by registering six kills in the first game.

The Lady Vols would challenge the Gators in the second game as it led most of the game and held match point at 29-28.Tennessee was unable to become the first team in 14 matches to take Florida past three games, however, as a kill by Williams tied the game. The Gators took match point of their own, 30-29, on another Williams kill but were unable to close out Tennessee. With the score tied at 30, Cruz and sophomore outside hitter Jane Collymore scored the final two points of the game on kills to put Florida up 2-0.

Tennessee was no match for Florida in the third and final game. A 9-0 run, during which senior middle blocker Benavia Jenkins had three kills, put the Gators up 19-5. Williams had a kill and a block to lead a 5-0 Florida run that put it up comfortably, 24-8.

Williams closed out the match strong with two kills as the Gators scored the game's final five points.

The Gators extended their NCAA-record conference winning streak to 118 matches.

Tennessee was led by Whitney Gifford, Amy Morris and Jennifer Rudy, who each had five kills.

Florida returns to action Friday at Auburn to play its first of four consecutive road games. Match-time in Auburn, Ala., is 2:30 p.m.

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