Sunday October 17, 2004Collymore Leads No. 10 VB Past Arkansas, 3-1
Junior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) posted 22 kills, 10 digs and five service aces, while senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) added 13 kills and nine blocks as No. 10 Florida defeated Arkansas 3-1 (29-31, 30-17, 30-25, 30-14) Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The Gators (16-2 overall, 8-0 SEC) extended their NCAA record winning streaks to 138 straight Southeastern Conference regular season wins and 114 consecutive overall SED victories. Florida outhit the Razorbacks .320-.121, while the Gators finished with more kills (64-51), aces (9-4), digs (56-52) and total blocks (13.0-5.0) as Arkansas fell to 7-10 on the season and 5-3 in the SEC.
"For Jane to get 22 kills and hit .308 -- that's a pretty good performance and Sherri Williams also played very well for us today," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "Good things happen when our middles are getting a lot of swings and that was the case today."
Collymore led all players with her 22 kills and also amassed 27.5 points in posting her 11th double-double of the season and 20th of her career. Williams' blocking total of nine matched her second-highest of the season. Freshman setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) added her fourth career double-double with 49 assists and 12 digs.
The Gators and the Razorbacks battled back and forth in the first game as the lead changed hands 14 times before Arkansas eventually claimed a 31-29 win. Florida led the game through the early stages and used a 3-0 run to pull ahead of the Razorbacks at 19-16. Arkansas fought back, scoring the next four points to take a 20-19 lead. The Gators responded with four straight points of their own, three coming on service aces from Collymore, in retaking the lead at 23-20. Arkansas came back to tie the game at 23-23 and later took the lead at 25-24 and 27-25. Florida then notched four straight points on the strength of serving from freshman Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) to take a 29-27 advantage. But Arkansas fought through a pair of game points and scored four straight to win the game. Collymore led the Gators with six kills and nine points in the game.
The Gators hit .333 in game two and used a 10-2 run midway through before evening the match at 1-1 by a score of 30-17. With Florida leading 13-10, the Gators reeled off 10 of the next 12 points, fueled by solid serving from Hampton, junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) and McGinnis. Williams and Collymore each had a pair of kills in the stretch. Arkansas came as close eight at 23-15, but Florida prevented a comeback by scoring seven of the final nine points, capped by a service ace from senior Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.). Collymore again paced the Gators with five kills in the game.
Florida against got off to a good start in game three as the Gators raced out to leads of 4-1 and 6-2. Arkansas came back to tie the game at 10-10 and later led at 13-12, but Florida responded with nine of the next 11 points to moved ahead 21-15. Williams led the way with two kills in the stretch. Leading 21-16, the Gators then recorded four of the next five points to extend their led to 25-17. Arkansas made a bit of a late run, but Florida closed out the game at 30-25 on a Razorback attack error.
The final game proved less challenging as the Gators dominated early before pulling away for a 30-14 win. With Florida already ahead 10-4, the Gators scored six straight points behind the serve of senior middle blocker Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) to push their lead to 12 at 16-4. Arkansas never came any closer than 12 the rest of the way before freshman middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) ended the match with one of her seven kills. Florida hit .519 in the fourth game with Collymore again leading the way with five kills.
Florida returns to action Friday, Oct. 22 in a matchup at No. 17 Tennessee slated for a 7:30 p.m. start in Knoxville. The match will be carried live on SEC-TV/Sunshine Network and will also be broadcast live on WRUF-AM 850 andwww.GatorZone.com