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Friday September 24, 2004No. 5 VB Sets NCAA Record In 3-1 Win At Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.

Freshman Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) junior Jane Collymore (Englewood , Colo.) and freshman Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) recorded double-doubles as No.5 Florida set an NCAA record by winning its 107th consecutive match in the Southeastern Conference play by defeating Arkansas 3-1, 28-30, 30-22, 30-23, 30-18 Friday evening at Barnhill Arena.

Florida (9-1) also extended its NCAA record of consecutive regular season conference victories to 131 as the Gators improved to 18-1 all-time against Arkansas (2-8). Florida finished with more kills (64-63), aces (6-3) and total blocks (13.0-6.0), while the Gators out-hit Arkansas .235-.109.

"Once again it's a case of what we get is everybody's best shot," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "I felt really good that we lost 30-28 in the first game after all of our service errors. What we have to figure out and remember is that teams are going to be so good early on."

The Gators took control in the early stages of the first game as Florida built a 5-2 lead on the strength of a pair of kills from Collymore. Florida again led by three at 14-11 after an error by the Lady Razorbacks, but Arkansas scored four straight to take its first lead in the game at 15-14. The two teams battled back and forth until the Gators notched three straight points to go on top 22-20 on another kill by Collymore. Arkansas tied the game at 24-24 before the teams traded points until the scored was tied at 27-27. The Lady Razorbacks then tallied three of the final four points to close out the game at 30-28. Collymore paced the Gators with nine kills in the game as the Lady Razorbacks ended Florida's streak of consecutive SEC regular season games won at 80.

Unlike the first game, Florida fell behind early in game two, but the Gators came back to win the second game after dropping the first for the fifth time this season at 30-22. The Lady Razorbacks jumped out to advantages of 6-3 and 10-8 before the Gators took their first lead of the game at 11-10 on a solo block from senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.). After Arkansas tied the game at 11-11, Florida reeled off five straight points as Williams killed a ball to give the Gators a 16-11 advantage. The Lady Razorbacks came as close as three points at 19-16, but the Gators pulled away, eventually closing out the game at 30-22 on a service ace by senior Taylor Williams (Gainesville, Fla.).

The Gators again jumped out of the gates ahead in game three as Florida raced out to a 10-5 lead with a pair of kills from Collymore and freshman middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.). Arkansas narrowed the gap to two at 15-13 before the Gators notched six consecutive points in pulling ahead 21-13. The Lady Razorbacks got as close as four at 27-23 before Florida closed out the game at 30-23 with the final three points, the last coming on a kill from Sherri Williams.

Florida set the tone at the beginning of the fourth game, again springing out to a 10-5 lead. After Arkansas came within four at 10-7, the Gators tallied the next eight points to go on top 18-7. Florida led by as many as 10 at 20-10 before Arkansas mounted a comeback to get as close as seven at 24-17. But the Gators scored six of seven points, highlighted by a pair of kills from Collymore, before the match ended on an Arkansas error at 30-18.

Collymore posted her 14th straight match in double figures in kills and her fourth 20+ kill match in the last five with 22, while junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) hit double-digits in digs for the seventh consecutive match with 24, while posting her third 20+ digs match of the season. Hampton picked up her fourth career double-double with 16 kills and 13 digs, while McGinnis added a career-high 49 assists and 10 digs. Sherri Williams also set a season high with nine total blocks.

Florida returns to action Sunday, Sept. 26 when the Gators travel to Baton Rouge for a contest against LSU. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. (EST) with the broadcast to air live on WRUF-AM 850 and on www.GatorZone.com. The match will also be broadcast tape-delayed on Cox Sports Television (channel 67 in Gainesville) at 9:30 p.m. (EST) Sunday evening.

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