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Jane Collymore finished three aces shy of the school record with six against Bowling Green

Saturday September 4, 2004Collymore Paces No. 4 VB Past Bowling Green


Jane Collymore finished three aces shy of the school record with six against Bowling Green

Junior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) notched 16 kills, a career-high six service aces and 23.5 points in leading No. 4 Florida past Bowling Green 3-0 (30-23, 30-26, 30-21) in the opening match of the NU Labor Day Invite on Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Gators (2-0) dominated the Falcons (0-1) across the board as UF finished with more kills (53-33), assists (43-30), aces (11-7), digs (28-23) and team blocks (11.0-3.0) in running their record to 2-0 for the 11th time in school history.

"This was very different from our last match being that it was on the road at a neutral site," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "Playing in an atmosphere like this shows the changes that our team has undergone. We got a solid performance from our outside hitters and Bowling Green gave us a lot of different looks, so we had a chance to work on different things."

"Jane served well for us during the match," said Wise of Collymore, who was three aces shy of matching the school record. "Jane has a high-risk serve and for her to finish with six without having any errors says a lot."

Collymore provided a consistent presence for the Gators in game one as she recorded nine of her 23.5 points in the match. The Gators jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back. Bowling Green came as close as one at 17-16, but by serving from junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo), Florida scored seven straight points to build a 24-16 lead before eventually claiming the game on a kill by senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) at 30-23.

The second game was closer than the first, but Florida used a 12-0 early on to take a commanding lead before fighting off a Bowling Green rally. With the Falcons leading 6-4, Florida reeled off 12 consecutive points with Collymore serving, which included four aces and three kills from senior middle blocker Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) The Falcons fought back, pulling within five at 24-19 and later within three at 29-26, but Williams ended her second straight game with a kill to give Florida a 30-26 win in game two.

The two teams battled back and forth in the third game with a late Florida run proving the difference. After a service ace by Bowling Greenís Emily Manser tied the game at 16-16, Florida closed the match on a 14-5 run. Collymore led the charge with four kills during the stretch, while Chatman added a pair of kills and block assists before the game ended on a Bowling Green attack error at 30-21.

Florida returns to action on Sunday for a pair of matches at the NU Labor Day Invite. The Gators will take on Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne at 1 p.m. (EST) and then will regroup for the tournament finale against host Northwestern at 8 p.m. (EST).

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