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Jane Collymore tied her career-high in kills with 19 against Kentucky at the SEC Tournament

Friday November 21, 2003VB Sweeps Kentucky to Open SEC Tournament

Columbia, SC

Jane Collymore tied her career-high in kills with 19 against Kentucky at the SEC Tournament

Florida sophomore Jane Collymore tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 19 kills and 14 digs, while Aury Cruz added 11 kills and 10 digs for her 13th double-double of the season as the No. 1 seed Gators swept Kentucky 3-0 (30-20, 30-19, 30-19) in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

The Gators (29-1) will face Tennessee at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

"We understood the challenge of playing the same team as Sunday," said UF Head Coach Mary Wise. "We expected them to do some different things and they came out and executed them. We showed great spunk and energy today."

Sherri Williams added 11 kills and hit .625 for the match, while Michelle Chatman hit .583 with seven kill. Williams added five blocks, and Chatman and Rachel Engel each tallied two service aces in the win.

The Gators jumped out to a quick 9-4 lead behind kills from Amber McCray, Jane Collymore and a solo block by Michelle Chatman. Kentucky (14-16) then mounted a comeback that would allow them to move to within one point of the Gators at 9-8 before a kill from Aury Cruz and two straight Wildcat errors gave Florida a 12-8 advantage. The Gators continued to build on that lead, extending it to 20-11 on a McCray-Sherri Williams block. Two plays later, Florida doubled Kentucky's point total at 22-11 on another kill by Cruz. A Lauren Moscovic-Chatman block made it 26-14, and Collymore added a kill for the 27-15 lead. Florida took game one 30-20.

Game two began with Kentucky taking a 4-1 lead before kills from Sherri Williams and Collymore led the Gators to a 4-4 tie. The Wildcats answered with three straight points before a Cruz kill stopped the run. The Gators once again worked their way to tie at 8-8 via kills from Collymore and Sherri Williams but could not grab the lead. The Wildcats went on a 3-0 run to take a 12-9 lead before a Florida kill stopped that run. The teams traded points until Florida knotted the game at 14-14 on a Sherri Williams kill. A Taylor Williams service ace on the next play gave the Gators their first lead of the game, and McCray added to that lead with a kill. In all, Florida went on a 7-1 run to take a 19-15 lead and force Kentucky to call a timeout. After the stoppage, a Sherri Williams-Moscovic block and a Collymore kill extended Florida's lead to 21-15. The teams again traded points, and the Gators took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-19 win in game two.

The Gators carried their momentum over into the beginning of game three, charging out to a 5-1 lead. After Kentucky scored two quick points to move to within two, the Gators answered with seven straight to take a 12-3 lead. After the Wildcats added a point, Florida answered with two for the 14-4 advantage. The Gators' lead hovered around 10 points for the remainder of the game, as the Gators won the match with a 30-19 win in game three.

For Kentucky, Liz McCaslin tallied a team-high nine kills and seven digs.





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