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Sunday October 24, 2004Hampton, Collymore Lead No. 8 VB Past South Carolina, 3-0

COLUMBIA, S.C.

Freshman Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) and junior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) each posted double-doubles as the No. 8 Florida Gators defeated South Carolina for the 21st straight time 3-0 (30-16, 30-22, 30-21) Sunday afternoon at the Volleyball Competition Facility.

The Gators (18-2 overall, 10-0 SEC) outhit South Carolina .283-016 with the Gamecocks' (11-8, 4-6) percentage serving as a season-worst by any UF opponent. The Gators finished with more kills (45-32), digs (50-43) and blocks (9.0-5.0) than South Carolina in extending their NCAA record winning streaks to 140 straight Southeastern Conference regular season matches and 116 straight SEC matches overall.

"Our goal today was to win so that we could maintain our one-match lead in the SEC," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "Our blocking was a big reason for the win today. South Carolina hit 21 balls out of bounds and the great thing about blocking is that you create hitting errors with good blocking."

Hampton finished with a match-high 12 kills, while also collecting 13 digs in posting her sixth double-double of the season. Collymore finished with 10 kills and 10 digs for her 12th double-double of the year. Freshman setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) also fared well in the afternoon with 36 assists, seven digs and five block assists. Florida's senior middle blockers, Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) and Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) also performed admirably as Williams had eight kills and three blocks, while Chatman added nine kills on .533 hitting with four blocks.

Florida started quickly in the opening game as the Gators jumped out to a 6-3 advantage with Hampton and Chatman providing a pair of early solo blocks, The Gamecocks tied the game at 6-6 before the Gators slowly pulled away, eventually taking a 15-10 lead. After South Carolina narrowed the gap to six at 19-13, Florida went on to score 11 of the final 14 points to seal the match. Behind the serving of Hampton, the Gators scored the final seven points in the game as Florida hit .312, while South Carolina mustered a .000 hitting percentage. Collymore paced Florida with five kills.

The Gators fell behind in the second game, but used strong serving from senior Taylor Williams (Gainesville, Fla.) to fuel an 8-0 run midway through to take control before eventually winning 30-22. The Gamecocks rushed out to leads of 11-6 and 12-7 before the Gators mounted their comeback. After closing the gap to four at 14-10, Williams served the Gators to seven straight points as Florida pulled ahead 17-14. Chatman posted a pair of kills and block assists in the stretch. South Carolina got as close as two at 18-16, but Florida then scored six of seven points to move ahead 24-17. The Gators put the game away on a kill from freshman middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) at 30-22. Hampton led the way with four kills, while also adding five digs with senior Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.) also adding five digs in the game.

The Gators jumped on the Gamecocks early in the third game, racing out to an 11-4 advantage and never looking back. Collymore fueled part of an early 5-0 run with her serving before the Gators gradually pulled away from the Gamecocks. South Carolina was never closer than seven the rest of the game before Hampton ended the match with a kill for a 30-21 game three win.

Florida returns to action Friday, Oct. 29 when the Gators travel to Oxford, Miss. to face Ole Miss. The match is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start time and can be heard live on WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com

 

 

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