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Freshman Marcie Hampton finished with a career-high 20 kills at Georgia

Wednesday October 6, 2004No. 8 VB Claims 600th Program Win At Georgia

ATHENS, Ga.

Freshman Marcie Hampton finished with a career-high 20 kills at Georgia

Freshman outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) had a double-double with a career-high 20 kills, while senior middle blocker Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) added 15 as the No. 8 University of Florida beat Georgia for the 35th consecutive time in winning the program's 600th match 3-1 (30-22, 35-37, 30-24, 30-21) Wednesday evening at the UGA Ramsey Center.

The Gators also extended their NCAA record winning streaks, claiming their 135th straight regular season conference match and their 11th straight overall conference match. The win was also Florida's 63rd straight SEC road victory.

Florida topped the Bulldogs in hitting percentage (.226-.135), kills (73-54), digs (101-77) and blocks (15.0-13.0) as the Gators improved to 13-2 overall and 5-0 in the SEC this season. Georgia fell to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in the SEC.

"There are two key stats in volleyball: block assists and digs," Florida coach Mary Wise said. In four games, to get over 100 digs really tells you how hard we played tonight. Over team never quit during the match."

Junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) added her second 30-dig performance of the season as she finished with 30, while freshman setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) added a double-double with a career-high 56 assists and 13 digs. Freshman opposite hitter Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) finished with a career-high nine kills, while hitting .421.

After the two squads traded the lead back and forth in the early stages of the first game, Florida used a 5-0 run with junior Jane Collymore (Gainesville, Fla.) serving to take a 9-4 lead that the Gators never relinquished throughout the game. Florida later extended its lead to eight on a Georgia service error at 21-13 before the Bulldogs notched five straight points to close the gap to three at 21-18. But the Gators scored seven of the next eight points to go ahead 28-19 before Collymore closed the game out at 30-22 with a kill. Four different Gators recorded at least three kills in the game, led by Hampton with four. Senior Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.) paced the Gators with seven digs in the game.

Game two featured several comebacks and ties as the Bulldogs fought off a pair of match points, while Florida fended off four before Georgia eventually claimed the game on a service ace at 37-35. With the Bulldogs leading 10-8, Florida went on a 8-2 run led by three kills from Hampton as the Gators went ahead 16-12. Georgia then reeled off five straight points to go ahead 17-16 before Florida responded with three of the next four points to regain the lead at 19-18. The teams traded the lead back and forth until Florida tied the game at 22-22 on block assists from senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) and Hampton. The Bulldogs then scored three straight points to go on top 25-22 before the Gators again responded with a 3-0 run of their own to tie the game at 25-25. With Georgia leading 28-27, the Gators scored a pair of points to earn their first match point try at 29-28. The Bulldogs fended off the match point and followed with another when the Gators led 30-29. Georgia then took control, scoring two straight to move ahead 31-30. Florida was able to prevent the Bulldogs from taking the game at 32-31, 33-32, 34-33, and 35-34 before Georgia finally claimed the win at 37-35. Hampton paced the Gators with seven kills in the game, while Chatman added six. Engel added eight digs with Hampton finishing the game with six.

The Gators used a 7-3 run midway through game three to build a lead, which the Gators maintained before eventually pulling away for a 30-24 win. Chatman paved the Gators with five kills in the game, while Engel added seven digs with Hampton chipping in six. With Florida up by one at 7-6 , the Gators tallied seven of the next 10 points to extend their lead to 14-9. Georgia tied the game at 18-18, but Florida scored four of five points to move ahead 22-19. After the Bulldogs came within two at 24-22, the Gators closed out the game with six of eight points, including a kill by Collymore to finish the game.

The Gators and Bulldogs again battled back and forth early in game four before Florida pulled away for a 30-21 win. With the Gators trailing 6-5, Florida scored four straight points and later eight of 10 in compiling a 13-8 advantage. The Bulldogs never got closer than three points the rest of the way as the Gators stepped up their defensive play, holding Georgia to .039 hitting in the game.

 

Florida returns to action Sunday, Oct. 10 when the Gators travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on Kentucky. First serve is set for 1 p.m. and the action will be carried live on WRUF-AM 850 and on www.GatorZone.com

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