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Jane Collymore led the Gators against Alabama with 12 kills and three service aces.

Sunday October 12, 2003No. 3 VB Sweeps Alabama, Ties School Record

Tuscaloosa, AL

Jane Collymore led the Gators against Alabama with 12 kills and three service aces.

Sophomore Jane Collymore tallied 16.5 points including 12 kills and three service aces, and senior Benavia Jenkins added 15 points on 11 kills, a service ace and five blocks as the third-ranked Florida volleyball team defeated Alabama 3-0 (30-15, 30-25, 30-) in Southeastern Conference action Sunday. The sweep was the Gators' 17 straight shutout, tying the school record for most consecutive sweeps.

Aury Cruz added 14 points with 13 kills and a service ace, while Sherri Williams hit .615 with eight kills and recorded three blocks in the win. Defensively, Lauren Moscovic and Jen Mandes both tallied 11 digs.

The Gators got on the board first in the match with three straight points on two kills by Jenkins and a service ace by Collymore. Another kill from Jenkins after an Alabama point pushed Florida out to a 4-1 lead. The Crimson Tide scored two straight to close to within one at 4-3, but the Gators went on a 3-0 run which included kills from Collymore and Moscovic to take the 7-3 advantage. With Florida leading 10-7, Collymore served seven straight points, including two service aces, to give the Gators a 10-point lead at 17-7. The closest Alabama would get from that point on was seven points (at 17-10) as the Gators took the first game 30-15.

The Crimson Tide opened the second stanza with a block to score the first point, but Florida answered with two straight points to take a 2-1 lead. After Alabama scored on the next play, the Gators again scored two consecutive points, including a kill by Williams. The teams battled point for point until the Gators opened at four-point lead at 9-5. After Alabama closed the Florida lead to two at 10-8, the Gators opened up a 5-1 run that saw kills from Moscovic, Williams, Cruz and Michelle Chatman to take a 15-9 lead. The Crimson Tide worked its way back to an 18-17 deficit, forcing Florida to use its first timeout of the match. Coming out of the stoppage, Collymore scored for the Gators with a kill, then gave the point back with a service error. Alabama returned the favor, however, and Florida slowly began to pull away. The Gators took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-25 win in game two.

Game three began much like the opening game for Florida, as Collymore and Williams recorded kills and Williams and Chatman combined for a block to take a 3-0 lead. The teams traded points before Florida pulled out to a four-point lead at 11-7, but the Crimson Tide came storming back to close to within one at 12-11. After an Alabama error, the Gators responded as Jenkins recorded a solo block for the 14-11 advantage. Florida worked its way out to a 28-22 lead before the Crimson Tide rallied to cut the Gator lead to 29-27 and forcing Florida to use a timeout. The Gators won the match on the next play after an Alabama service error.

For Alabama, Jennifer Bibber tallied a team-high 13 kills, while Erin Heffner added 10 digs in the effort.

Florida continues its road swing next Friday at Mississippi State at 8 p.m. EST and then travels to Oxford, Miss., to face Mississippi on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EST. Both matches will be aired live on WRUF-AM850 and at www.gatorzone.com.

 

 

Florida notes

  • The Gators extend their regular-season conference win streak to 120 matches
  • Sherri Williams has hit over .500 in five of the last six matches
  • Aury Cruz has recorded at least 12 kills in each of the last four matches
  • Jane Collymore has registered double-digits in kills in eight of the last nine matches
  • Benavia Jenkins has now tallied a solo block in 10 matches this season.

 

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