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Junior Jane Collymore pounded out 17 kills and had 10 digs in UF's win against IPFW

Sunday September 5, 2004Hampton, Collymore Lead No. 4 VB To Third Straight Win

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Junior Jane Collymore pounded out 17 kills and had 10 digs in UF's win against IPFW

Junior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) posted her first double-double of the season, while freshman outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) nearly collected the first of her career as Florida easily picked up its third win of the season against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne 3-0 (30-15, 30-19, 30-20) on the second day at the NU Labor Day Invite.

In improving to 3-0 on the season, the Gators dominated the Mastadons (1-2) across the board, finishing with more kills (61-32), more assists (55-28), aces (10-1), digs (44-35) and blocks (6.0-3.0), while also out hitting IPFW .412-.160. The Gators have now held each of their first three opponents in the 2004 season under .200.

Collymore led the way for the Gators as she posted her third straight 15+ kill performance to start the season as she finished with 17 kills, 10 digs and five service aces. She totaled 23.5 points for the second straight match after boasting the same total against Bowling Green on Saturday.

Hampton was right behind with 14 kills on .344 hitting with eight digs, while senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) reached double figures in kills for the first time this season with 11 on just 16 attempts (.688 hitting). Senior middle blocker Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) also fared well with nine kills on .615 hitting.

Led by Collymore, the Gators encountered little trouble in claiming game one. Collymore finished the first stanza with six kills, while Chatman and Williams each added four as the Gators hit a blistering .576 for the game. After building an early lead, Florida led by more than seven points most of the way and used a 11-4 run to close out the game at 30-15 on a service ace by Chatman.

Florida again jumped out to an early advantage in game two, streaking to a 10-5 lead as IPFW never got closer the rest of the way. Collymore again paced Florida with six kills, while Williams added five, including the game clincher at 30-19.

Game three proved to be more of the same as Florida built an early 9-2 lead on the strength of three kills from Chatman before eventually going on to claim the win at 30-20 as Hampton, who had eight kills in the game, hammered down the final two points to give Florida the three-game victory.

The Gators will conclude their participation in the NU Labor Day Invite Sunday evening when Florida faces host Northwestern with first serve set for 8 p.m. (EST).

 

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