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Friday October 15, 1999Volleyball Sweeps South Carolina

Gainesville, FL

The No. 4 Florida (16-2, 7-0 SEC) volleyball team remains the sole undefeated squad in Southeastern Conference play and raised its winning streak to 12 after a sweep of South Carolina (11-7, 5-2) Friday night in front of 4,063, which ties for the 10th largest crowd at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Game scores were 15-3, 15-9 and 15-2.

Florida improved its hold on the all-time series 21-6 (16-1 under Coach Mary Wise) and has won 11 consecutive contests over the Gamecocks.

"I thought we had a solid's night's work out of several players, particularly Jenny Manz (Orange Park, Fla./Middleburg), she was outstanding" Coach Mary Wise said. "We're becoming a pretty good defensive team. If Kris Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior) can make the kind of digs she did tonight, we're in pretty good shape."

The All-American was second on the team with a season-high .632 hitting efficiency in a match that held USC to the least points since 1995 while finishing with a match-high 12 kills. Manz had 12 kills and no errors on 19 attempts, and added 10 digs for her 11th double-double this year.

Bova, meanwhile, had a match-high 14 digs and hit a career-high tying .667 (2-0-3).

In game one, the Gators scored 10 unanswered points to start the match. The Gators had three service aces from sophomore Bova, senior Jenny Whitehead (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) and junior Jerilyn Hattendorf (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles). The team registered a .296 hitting efficiency and out-blocked the Gamecocks 4-0.

The second game featured six kills with no errors on eight attempts from Manz and two more Gator service aces from Whitehead and senior All-America Jennifer Sanchez (San Antonio, Texas/Providence). Florida's .186 offensive effort was due to South Carolina's improved blocking. Six of the Gators' 10 hitting errors came at the hands of the Gamecocks' front row. USC senior Danika Taylor led with five (1 solo, 4 assists). But the Gators' had a defense of their own. They out-dug South Carolina 18-12

In the third set, after USC went on a 2-0 run, the Gators returned to form to score 13 unanswered points. Junior Heather Wright (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville) contributed a team-leading six kills in the game and led all players with six block assists on the match. Florida hit a match-best .333 while holding South Carolina to its worst offensive performance, .045.

For the match, the Gators out-hit, out-dug and out-blocked the Gamecocks: .266-.079, 50-34 and 8-6, respectively. USC's freshman middle blocker Sam Alban led her team with a .333 hitting efficiency, despite going down with a sprained right ankle in the third game. Alban, who remained on the bench for the rest of the match was second on the squad with six kills. Freshman Merna Dwyer led the team with nine kills.

Florida plays host to Georgia (6-8, 3-3 SEC) Sunday, Oct. 17. WRUF-AM 850 and the Sunshine Network will broadcast the match live.

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