Sunday October 17, 1999Volleyball Sweeps Georgia
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --The fourth-ranked Florida volleyball team (17-2, 8-0 SEC) swept Georgia (6-9, 3-4 SEC) 15-5, 15-5, 15-7 Sunday afternoon in front of 1,978 fans at the Steven C. O'Connell Center to win its 13th consecutive match on the season and 72nd consecutive home Southeastern Conference match-up.
"We had good performance in terms of hitting, out-digging and out-blocking the opponent," Coach Mary Wise said. "The most significant stat would be blocks (a season-high tying 11, opposed to two for Georgia). Blocking comes in streaks. One thing that you have to do is be patient until that time comes. We're doing better at being more aggressive."
Senior, All-America setter Jen Sanchez (San Antonio, Texas/ Providence) led Florida's defensive charge with a career-high nine block assists (previous 7 vs. Mississippi State Oct. 25, 1998). The Gators out-hit the Bulldogs .387-.175 and out-dug them 46-28.
The Gators scored seven unanswered points to start the first game, en route to the 15-5 win. Senior All-America, right-side hitter Jenny Manz (Orange Park, Fla./ Middleburg) led the Gators with six kills and five digs. The squad combined for 19 kills and five errors on 35 attempts to hit .400. In the second stanza, the Gators scored the initial eight points and won again, 15-5.
In the final set, the Gators finished off the Bulldogs with a 15-7 victory. Manz posted six kills, while Sanchez added six assists. The team collected 19 kills with only three errors on 37 attempts for a match-high .432 hitting efficiency.
For the game Manz led all hitters with 16 kills and added a match-high 11 digs for her 11th double-double on the year. Sanchez finished with 42 assists a netted a hitting efficiency (5-0-8). Junior middle blocker Heather Wright (Martinsville, Ind./ Martinsville) also added a fine performance with 10 kills and five block assists. Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas/Pine Tree) contributed five block assists and had eight kills with only one error on 21 attempts (.333). Sophomore Niki Hartley (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) registered a career-high hitting percentage with .800 (4-0-5) and added six digs and an ace.
For Georgia, senior right side hitter Rebecca Dady (Normal, Ill./ University) posted 13 kills and six digs.
Florida now has won 23 consecutive matches against the Bulldogs and leads the all-time series 25-8.
The Gators will be on the road next weekend for conference matches at Kentucky Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., and at Tennessee Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast the contests live.