Friday September 17, 1999Volleyball Defeats Iowa State
No. 6 Florida advanced to the championship round of its University Centre Hotel Invitational, coming back from a first-game loss to defeat Iowa State (6-15, 15-3, 15-3, 15-1) Friday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Florida will face ninth-ranked UC Santa Barbara in the finals Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Coach Mary Wise gave credit to a well-prepared Iowa State squad for the first-game loss. "To say that we played bad in game one would not be giving enough credit to Iowa State," she said. "I knew that they would be well-coached and have a good game plan."
Jerilyn Hattendorf (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles) led all hitters posting 11 kills with 0 errors in 25 attempts for a .440 hitting percentage. The junior outside hitter added six digs and two block assists. Jenny Whitehead (Jenison, Mich./Jenison/Michigan State) had 10 kills for a .421 attack percentage while adding eight digs.
Florida (7-2, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled early in game one falling behind 6-1 as Iowa State (2-3, 0-0 Big 12) rallied for four unanswered points. The Cyclones continued to pound away increasing the gap to take the 15-6 win. Iowa State posted five team blocks to hold UF to a -.148 game hitting percentage.
In the second frame, the Gators, paced by Hattendorf and Whitehead, were back in form, scoring eight points before Iowa State could respond. Florida went on to hold the Cyclones to just four points in the third and fourth games and combined for 20 kills to Iowa State's 10.
Florida out-hit (.260 to -023), out-dug (37-26) and out-blocked (8-7) Iowa State in the win.
In the first match of the tournament, No. 9 UC Santa Barbara (9-0, 0-0 Big West) swept Butler (3-7, 0-0 Midwestern Collegiate) by scores of 15-3, 15-8 and 15-5. UCSB's Roberta Gehlke posted a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs to lead the Gauchos. Charlene Conley added eight kills, nine digs and four service aces.
Butler's Allison Cox had eight kills, nine digs and four block assists. Kylie Galbraith and Laura Klancnik had five block assists, each. UCSB combined for a team .323 hitting percentage to Butler's .068.
Tournament action continues Saturday as Florida faces undefeated UCSB at 4:30 p.m. in the championship match. Butler and Iowa State face will play for third place at 2p.m. Fans with football tickets are admitted free, and RTS will provide a shuttle running from the Oaks Mall to the O'Connell Center. Shuttle runs begin at 3:30 p.m., and cost $4.