Sunday October 10, 2004No. 8 VB Claims 3-0 Win At Kentucky
Junior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) finished with her 10th double-double of the season as No. 8 Florida won its 30th straight match against Kentucky 3-0 (30-21, 30-18, 30-21) Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.
The Gators (14-2 overall, 6-0 SEC) also extended their NCAA record conference winnings streaks to 136 straight regular season Southeastern Conference matches and 112 straight SEC matches overall. The win was also Florida's 64th straight away from home in the SEC. The Gators outhit Kentucky (10-7, 1-5) .333-.171 and finished with more kills (48-40), digs (39-31) and service aces (6-1).
"We served and passed well and I thought those were keys to the match," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "We're at our best when we're using our foot speed and digging balls. This Kentucky team has been decimated by injuries, but they played hard and with great intensity.
Senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) also finished in double figures in kills for the Gators as she had 10 on .474 hitting. Collymore ended the match with 15 kills and 12 digs, while freshman setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) nearly had a double-double with 28 assists and eight digs. Freshman Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) added nine kills and eight digs.
Kentucky became the second program that Wise has amassed as many as 30 victories against as she moved to 30-0 all-time against the Wildcats. Wise also has 34 wins against Georgia.
The Gators never trailed in the opening game before eventually winning, 30-21. After the Wildcats tied the game at 2-2, Florida went on a 5-0 run to move ahead 7-2. Kentucky closed within three at 16-13, but the Gators responded with four of the next five points on three errors from the Wildcats and a kill from ???? Collymore to rebuild their lead to six at 20-14. Kentucky moved within four at 22-18, but following a Florida timeout, the Gators scored eight of the final 11 points to close out the game with Collymore ending things on a kill. Collymore paced the Gators with seven kills in the game, while Collymore, McGinnis and Hampton each posted five digs.
Florida fell behind early to the Wildcats, but used a 12-1 run midway through the game to pull away and claim a 30-18 win. With Kentucky leading 8-6, the Gators scored three of the next four points to go ahead 10-9, the last of which came on a service ace from Hampton. After Kentucky regained the lead at 11-10, Florida went on its 12-1, which included an 8-0 stretch. The Wildcats suffered through four errors during the run, while Hampton led Florida with a pair of kills as the Gators pushed their lead to 10 at 22-12. Florida eventually closed out the game after the Wildcats' 10th attack error of the game.
The Gators pummeled Kentucky from the outset in the third game, scoring nine of the first 12 points as Collymore notched a pair of kills in leading the way. Kentucky came within four at 13-9, but Florida responded with eight of the next 12 points to extend its advantage to 21-13. From there, the Wildcats never got closer than seven points as the match ended with a Kentucky hitting error at 30-21. The Gators hit a blistering .421 on the third game with Williams and Collymore each posting five kills.
Florida resumes play Friday, Oct. 15 when the Gators host LSU at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The match is set for a 9 p.m. start and will be carried live on WRUF AM-850 andwww.GatorZone.com