Friday October 10, 2003No. 3 Volleyball Sweeps Auburn
In a match that was played closer at times than the final score would indicate, the third-ranked Florida volleyball team swept Auburn 3-0 (30-15, 30-12, 30-21) Friday. Aury Cruz led the Gators with 13 kills and 17 point, while Jane Collymore tallied nine kills and eight digs in the win.
Sherri Williams registered eight kills and six blocks, while Lauren Moscovic added nine digs and three blocks for Florida (17-1, 5-0)
Auburn (9-8, 0-5) got on the board first with two straight points to open the match, followed by two straight points from the Gators. The two teams traded points until Florida took its first lead at 5-4 on an Auburn attack error. The teams again went back and forth until the Gators took a two-point lead at 9-7. The Tigers worked their way back to a tie at 10-10 before a Sherri Williams kill and two Auburn errors gave Florida the 13-10 advantage. Auburn answered on the next play, but the Gators then went on a 3-0 run that included a Collymore kill and a Cruz ace to take the 16-11 lead and force the Tigers into a timeout. Coming out of the stoppage, Auburn scored on a kill, but a kill from Collymore, a service ace by Taylor Williams and two straight Tiger errors pushed Florida out to the 20-12 advantage. The Gators extended their lead to 10 points at 23-13, forcing Auburn to use its final timeout of the game. After battling through the first half of the game with the Tigers, Florida went on a 10-2 run to close out game one 30-15.
Florida scored first in the second game on an Auburn attack error, but returned the favor on a service error on the next play. A Tiger service error gave the Gators a 2-1 lead, and a Cruz kill put the Gators up 3-1. In all, Florida went on a 6-0 run that included a kill by Sherri Williams and a Benavia Jenkins service ace to take a 7-1 lead and force Auburn to burn a timeout. Behind the serving of Taylor Williams, Florida took a 12-point lead at 16-4. The Gators extended that lead to 19-6 on two straight Florida blocks, forcing Auburn to call its final timeout. Florida eventually took a 2-0 lead in the match with the 30-12 win in game two.
Moscovic started game three out on the right foot for the Gators with two straight blocks - the first a solo and the second a block assist with Sherri Williams. Florida moved out to a 4-1 lead before the Tigers came back with a 3-0 run to knot the game at 4-4. The Tigers took the lead at 6-5 before giving a point to the Gators on a service error. Florida regained the lead at 8-7 on a Rachel Engel service ace, but Auburn took back the lead at 9-8 with two straight kills. After falling behind 10-9, the Gators scored five straight points to take the 14-10 lead before Auburn called a timeout. Coming out of the break, Florida scored again before Auburn stopped the momentum with a kill. With the Gators ahead 17-13, Auburn scored two straight points to pull to within two at 17-15. The battle continued, as the Tigers moved to within one at 18-17 before a Tiger attack error brought Florida's lead back out to two at 19-17. The Gators led 20-17 before Auburn again scored two consecutive points to move back to within two until Florida answered with three straight points to take the 23-19 advantage. After the Tigers called their final timeout, the Gators used a 7-2 run to close out the match with a 30-21 win in the final stanza.
For Auburn, Ashlee Johns tallied nine kills, while Camila Lago added seven kills and seven digs in the effort.
The Gators travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sunday to face Alabama at 2:30 p.m. EST.