Wednesday September 29, 2004No. 5 VB Drops Match To No. 18 Texas
Freshman Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) narrowly missed a triple double with seven kills, 34 assists and nine digs and junior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) finished with 17 kills, but it wasn't enough as No. 4 Florida fell to No. 18 Texas (28-30, 30-17, 30-24, 30-15) Wednesday evening in front of a crowd of 1,929 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Florida dropped to (10-2) on the season, while Texas remained undefeated at (12-0). The Longhorns were the third ranked team the Gators have faced this year after playing previous matches against No. 15 Kansas State and No. 5 Minnesota.
"Credit Texas, they played very well," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "We'll watch this tape and obviously we'll learn from it and we'll get past it."
Florida got off to a good start as the Gators came from behind to take game one, 30-28. After Florida raced out to a 5-2 lead, the Longhorns battled back by scoring six straight points to go ahead 8-5. With Texas later leading 16-10, the Gators tallied seven of the next eight points behind solid blocking to get within one at 18-17. With Texas still ahead 25-23, Florida scored five straight points on the strength of kills from three different players and a pair of solo blocks. The Gators closed out the game on a hitting error by the Longhorns.
Games 2-4 turned out differently as Texas streaked out to early leads in each before claiming wins. The Gators never led in any of the final three games once either team reached double figures as the Longhorns became the first team in 2004 to hit better than .200 against Florida. Texas out-hit the Gators .305-.147 and finished with more kills (69-53), digs (62-52) and blocks (9.0-8.0).
The Gators' home loss ended a 46-consecutive home match-winning streak, which had extended back to Sept. 1, 2001 when Florida fell to Arizona 3-0.
Florida resumes SEC play on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center when the Gators host the Auburn Tigers with first serve set for 7 p.m. The match will be carried live on radio by WRUF-AM 850 and can also be heard onwww.Gatorzone.com.