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Friday December 3, 2004No. 13 VB Defeats No. 22 FAMU In NCAA First Round

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.

Junior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) recorded her 14th 20-kill match of the season in leading No. 13 Florida into the second round of the 2004 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 (30-19, 30-25, 30-23) win against No. 22 Florida A&M Friday evening at the Gaither Athletic Center.

Florida (28-4) remained undefeated in first round matches in school history and improved to 80-17 all-time against teams from the state of Florida. The Gators outhit FAMU (28-3) .373-.150 and finished with more kills (59-39) digs (58-50) and blocks (4.0-3.0) in ending the Rattlers' season for the second time in the last four seasons.

"It was a total team effort," said Florida coach Mary Wise, who improved her record to 39-13 all-time in NCAA play. "We needed everyone if were going to beat Florida A&M in Tallahassee. It was a match that took one of our best of the year to beat Florida A&M in three games."

Collymore was the only player in the match in double figures in kills with 23 as she moved into sole possession of second on the school's all-time chart for kills in a season with 589. Senior middle blockers Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) and Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) each posted nine kills and two blocks, while freshman setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) flirted with a triple-double with 41 assists, six kills and six digs. Junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) added 14 digs to lead all players.

The Gators took an early lead in the first game and gradually pulled away for a 30-19 win. With the Rattlers on top 3-1, Florida scored five straight points behind the serve of senior Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.) to move ahead 6-3 -- a lead Florida didn't relinquish the rest of the way. The Gators extended their advantage to five at 11-6 after a kill from Collymore. FAMU closed the gap to a pair at 11-9, 14-12 and 15-13, but that was the closest the Rattlers came the rest of the way. Florida scored seven of the next eight points in taking a commanding 22-14 lead before eventually closing out the game. Collymore paced the Gators with eight kills and six digs in the game as Florida hit .421 to FAMU's .105.

After the Rattlers scored the first point, Florida never trailed afterward in a tighter game two, which the Gators won 30-25. Florida again raced out to a 6-3 lead and slowly built upon their advantage, taking a 17-10 lead after a FAMU attack error. The Rattlers fought back within two at 19-17, but the Gators responded with a 3-0 run to push the advantage back to five at 22-17. FAMU climbed within four at 23-19, but Florida again came back with two quick points on a Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) kill and a Collymore kill to push the score to 25-19. The Rattlers crept within four at 29-25, but Florida put the game away on a FAMU service error. Collymore had seven kills for the Gators, while Engel added seven digs.

Florida again started strong in the final game as the Gators built an early lead before claiming a 30-23 win. Leading 7-5, the Gators reeled off four straight points to amass a six-point lead with Collymore providing two of the points via kills. The Rattlers came back with a 4-0 to narrow the lead to three at 15-12 and later at 17-14 before the Gators again scored four straight points to take a 21-14 lead, FAMU came as close as five points the rest of the way, but Florida put the match away on an attack error by the Rattlers. Collymore had eight kills, while Chatman added six with Hampton leading Florida with five digs in the game.

Florida will face No. 6 Stanford in the second round at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Gaiter Athletic Center. The Cardinal defeated Jacksonville 3-0 in the first round. The match will be carried live on WRUF-AM 850 and on www.GatorZone.com

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