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Mary Wise earned her 500th career victory with the Gators' 3-0 win over Tennessee on Friday

Friday October 31, 2003VB Sweeps Tennessee, Wise Earns 500th Win

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Mary Wise earned her 500th career victory with the Gators' 3-0 win over Tennessee on Friday

With a 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-24) sweep over Tennessee Friday night, the third-ranked Florida volleyball team set the NCAA record for most consecutive games won at 70 and in turn, helped head coach Mary Wise earn her 500th career victory.

Wise becomes the fastest Division I female head coach to reach 500 wins (of coaches with Division I coaching experience only).

Long Beach State held the former record for consecutive games won when it won 69 consecutive games from Oct. 2-Dec. 19, 1998. The Gators' streak began with a game four win in a 3-1 victory over then-No. 15 Kansas State on Aug. 23.

Aury Cruz tallied 14 kills and a career-high 22 digs, while Sherri Williams and Jane Collymore each tallied 11 kills. Michelle Chatman hit an even .500 with seven kills, and Williams added six blocks in the win.

The Gators got on the board first as two Chatman kills and an Aury Cruz service ace gave Florida a quick 3-0 lead. Tennessee answered with two points of its own to close to within two at 3-2. The Gators then went on a 5-0 run including a kill from Amber McCray and a block by McCray and Sherri Williams to take an 8-2 lead. The Lady Vols trimmed the Gator lead to three points before Williams and Collymore combined for a block and Collymore added a kill to give Florida the 11-6 advantage. Tennessee worked its way back to a three-point deficit at 14-11 before the Gators scored three quick points to take a 17-11 lead. After a Tennessee timeout, Florida came out and scored two more points - the first on a pancake digs by Cruz followed by a free ball that fell in for a kill and the second on a Williams kill at the net after a long rally. Those two plays gave the Gators the 19-11 advantage. Florida saw its largest lead of the game come at the 26-17 mark on a Collymore kill. A Tennessee service error gave the Gators the win in game one 30-24.

 Tennessee took a 3-0 lead to begin game two before consecutive kills by McCray and Cruz and a Taylor Williams service ace knotted the game at 3-3. Florida then doubled the Lady Vols' point total at 6-3 before Tennessee could get on the board again. With a 7-5 lead, Sherri Williams took over and was responsible for the next three points with a kill, a block assist and a solo block, giving the Gators a 10-5 lead. After the Lady Vols trimmed the lead to two at 11-9, Florida scored three straight points for the 14-9 advantage. Florida had as much as a six-point lead at 22-16 before the Lady Vols slowly chipped away at the lead. Tennessee got as close as three points at 23-20 before the Gators scored two straight for the 25-20 advantage. Florida went on to take a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-25 win in game two.

The Lady Vols got on the board first in game three but Florida quickly scored two points on kills by Collymore and Williams to take a 2-1 lead. Tennessee took the lead at 3-2 before the Gators knotted it at 3-3 on a Williams kill. The Lady Vols scored on the next play, followed by a Collymore kill to tie it at 4-4. The teams traded points with the Gators taking a 7-5 lead on a Collymore kill. With Cruz serving, the Gators opened up a 5-0 run which included kills from Collymore and an ace from Cruz to take the 13-7 lead and force Tennessee to call a timeout. After the stoppage, Florida added a point on a Collymore block before the Lady Vols got the serve back with the Gators leading 14-8. Florida extended its lead to 18-10 on a kill by Lauren Moscovic, and Chatman gave the Gators a nine-point lead with a fierce kill at the 20-11 mark. Florida's lead reached double digits at 21-11 on the next play via a Collymore kill and forced Tennessee to use its final timeout. With the Gators leading 23-12, Tennessee scored three straight points to cut the Gator lead to 23-15 before Florida answered with two consecutive scores to regain the double-digit advantage at 25-15. McCray notched a solo block on the next play to give the Gators the 26-15 advantage. Tennessee would not quit, but Florida closed out the match with a 30-24 win in the third and final game.

For Tennessee, Michelle Piantadosi tallied a match-high 17 kills, while Amy Morris added 10 kills and 11 digs in the effort.

The Gators return home to face Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

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