Friday October 15, 2004No. 10 Volleyball Defeats LSU 3-0
Junior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) finished with a match-high 19 kills, while adding nine digs as No. 10 Florida defeated LSU 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-27) on Friday evening. The crowd of 6,311 was the second highest ever for a UF volleyball match at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Florida (15-2 overall, 7-0 SEC), which won its 105th consecutive match at home against conference opponents, dominated the Tigers (10-7, 2-5) across the board. The Gators finished with more kills (50-30), assists (47-34), digs (43-35) and total blocks (9.0-3.0) than their opponent. Florida has now been victorious in 137 consecutive regular season SEC matches and 113 SEC matches overall, both NCAA records. Under the direction of coach Mary Wise, Florida is now 114-4 all-time against SEC West opponents.
"Our outside hitters were impressive" Florida coach Mary Wise said. "When you have two hitters hit .400, you have a good shot at winning. This was one of those wins which would have been a dogfight on the road but was 3-0 at home."
Freshman outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) finished with a commanding performance for the Gators as she posted 14 kills on .414 hitting and seven digs, while freshman setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) added 41 assists and seven digs. Senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) led the team with six blocks on the night. Junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) finished with a match-high 11 digs in reaching double figures in digs for the 12th time this season.
The attendance at the O'Connell Center fell just short of the all-time record of 8,163, which was set against Georgia on Oct. 14, 1994.
Florida started the match off well, taking control of the first game before cruising to a 30-17 win. With the score tied at 5-5, Florida tallied six straight points behind the serving of senior Taylor Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) with Collymore posting three kills during the stretch as the Gators went ahead 11-5. LSU closed the gap to three at 16-13, but that was the closed the Tigers came the rest of the game. Florida quickly scored three straight points and later extended its lead to seven at 22-15. The Gators then finished off LSU by notching eight of nine points to close out the game on an attack error by the Tigers. Collymore paced Florida with seven kills in the game as the Gators hit a blistering .577 with just two attack errors on 26 swings.
The Gators again got off to a fast start in the second game before claiming a 30-23 win. Florida raced out to a 6-2 lead with Collymore providing a pair of service aces to start the game. LSU hung around, eventually trailing the Gators by three at 15-12 and later by two at 21-19. But following a Florida timeout, the Gators reeled off four straight points with three coming on LSU errors to take a 25-19 lead. Following a pair of Tiger points, Florida scored five of the next seven with Collymore providing a kill to seal the game. Hampton and Collymore each had five kills in the game, while Collymore also added five digs.
The third and final game proved to be the closest with the score tied as late as 23-23 before Florida closed out the game with seven of the last 11 points to claim a 30-27 win. The two teams seesawed back and forth in the early stages with Florida giving itself a bit of a cushion after scoring three consecutive points to move ahead 14-10. The Gators extended their advantage to five on a kill from Collymore at 19-14 before the Tigers rallied, first closing the gap to three at 22-19 and later tying knotting the score at 22-22 and 23-23. But Florida responded with four of the next five points to take a 29-25 lead before the match ended on one of LSU's 22 attack errors. Hampton and Collymore again led the Gators as each posted seven kills in the game with Engel adding eight digs.
Florida returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 17 versus Arkansas in a home matchup that will air live on the Sunshine Network. The match will also be carried live on radio by WRUF-AM 850 and can be heard atwww.GatorZone.com. First serve is set for 1 p.m.