Friday September 17, 2004No. 4 VB Wins 46th Straight Match At Home
Junior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) finished with a match-high 21 kills as No. 4 Florida defeated Clemson 3-0 (36-34, 30-20, 30-14) on Friday evening in front of a crowd of 2,055 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Florida (8-1) won its 17th consecutive match against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and extended its home match winning streak to 46 games. The Gators held the Tigers to a .088 hitting percentage and dominated all aspects of the match as Florida recorded more kills (60-34), assists (50-32), digs (43-30) and blocks (7.0-6.0).
"Tonight was a key match in developing our freshmen Kisya Killingsworth and Angie McGinnis," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "We got great play out of both of them tonight. We would have liked to have played a complete tournament to prepare for SEC play next week, but we’re still happy with this win."
Freshman outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) finished with 13 kills and eight digs in posting her sixth match this season with at least 10 kills. Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) tallied 29 assists and four digs in the match, while junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) recorded 15 digs in extending her streak of consecutive matches with at least 10 to six.
The Gators and Tigers battled back and forth in the opening game before Florida finally secured the game in thrilling fashion by a score of 36-34. Collymore had nine kills in the game alone, while Engel added six digs and Williams finished with five kills. Florida never trailed in the game until the Tigers went on top 32-31 on a kill by Brittany Ross. But Florida fended off a game point with a kill by senior middle blocker Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) before the Gators assumed the lead at 33-32 on a solo block by senior setter Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.). Clemson tied the match at 34-34, but Florida sealed the game on a kill by Collymore followed by an attack error by the Tigers.
Florida again pounced on Clemson early in game two, taking leads of 5-2 and 10-7. The Tigers pulled within one at 14-13, but the Gators scored six straight points to go ahead 20-13, led by a pair of kills from Williams. The Gators cruised from there and eventually put the game on ice by a kill by Killingsworth at 30-20.
The third game was the least contested of the three as Florida again built an early lead and maintained it for a 30-14 win. After Clemson narrowed the gap to one at 8-7, the Gators 12 of the next 17 points in building a commanding 20-12 lead with Collymore picking up five kills in the process. From there, Florida extended its lead in claiming 10 of the final 12 points with Killingsworth again registering the final kill.
Florida returns to action Friday, Sept. 24 against Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference opening match in Fayetteville, Ark. The match will be carried live on radio by WRUF-AM 850 and can also be heard onwww.GatorZone.com with the first serve set for 8 p.m. (EST).