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Sunday October 26, 2003Senior Leads No. 3 VB to 3-0 Sweep of So. Carolina

Gainesville, FL

Aury Cruz was one service ace shy of the first triple double in school history, leading the third-ranked Florida volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-23, 30-17, 30-22) win over South Carolina Sunday. Cruz tallied 29.5 points on 19 kills, nine service aces, a solo block and a block assists and also added 11 digs in the win.

Jane Collymore also recorded a double-double with 12 kills, 10 digs and 15.5 points. Offensively, Sherri Williams added nine kills, while Lauren Moscovic tallied eight digs. Cruz’s nine service aces sets a career-best, and Taylor Williams’ four digs is also a career-high.

Florida (22-1, 10-0 SEC) scored first to open the match on a kill from Moscovic, but South Carolina quickly took the momentum, going on a 5-1 run to take a 5-2 lead. The Gators answered with a 6-0 run that included two kills from Sherri Williams and two Cruz service aces to take the 8-5 advantage. After the Gators took a 14-10 lead, the Gamecocks (10-12, 4-6 SEC) worked their way back to a 15-15 tie, then took the lead on a kill by Nicole Miller. With South Carolina leading 21-18, Florida took over the momentum behind the serving of Collymore, opening an 8-0 run – with three kills from Cruz and two aces from Collymore – to take a 26-21 lead. The Gators won game one 30-23.

Florida had control of game two almost from the beginning. After the teams traded points to open the game, the Gators added several points on each rotation, taking a 10-6 lead on a Collymore kill. Cruz tallied four of her career-high nine service aces in the second stanza, including two consecutive aces to give Florida the 16-9 lead. With a 23-13 lead and behind the serving of Taylor Williams, the Gator put the game out of reach with a 5-0 run. Florida took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-17 win in game two.

Two South Carolina errors gave the Gators a 2-0 lead to begin game three. After Florida took a 10-5 lead, neither team put together a string of more than three points until the 23-15 mark with the Gators leading. The Gamecocks then went on a 5-1 run to close the Gator lead to 24-20. Kills from Sherri Williams and Cruz gave Florida the 26-20 advantage. South Carolina followed with a kill from Lynae Vanden Hull before the Gators added two more for the 28-21 lead. A solo block from Cruz ended the match as Florida won the final stanza 30-22.

For the Gamecocks, Vanden Hull tallied team-high 10 kills, while Amy Benson added 13 digs in the effort.

Florida returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.n. when the Gators face Georgia in a mid-week match.

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