Friday October 29, 1999Volleyball Seniors Make Marks in Georgia Sweep
No. 4 Florida captured its 24th consecutive defeat over Georgia to remain the only undefeated team in Southeastern Conference volleyball action with a 15-5, 15-2, 15-6 sweep as two Gator seniors set program marks at the Ramsey Center Friday night.
Jenny Manz (Orange Park, Fla./Middleburg), who led all hitters with a .565 hitting efficiency and 14 kills, moved into first on Florida's career attacks chart. The senior All-America eclipsed the 13-year-old record of 3,376 held by Lyra Vance (1984-87). She was perfect through two games and finished with only one error on 23 attempts. Manz now leads with 3,398. Gator Coach Mary Wise recognized her offensive efforts. "She was in a zone. She made elite-level, highlight-type plays tonight."
Putting the ball up for Manz was setter Jen Sanchez (San Antonio, Texas/Providence), who also made noise on the court. Sanchez, also an All-America, recorded her second-straight 1,000-plus assist season with 32 on the night. She now has 1,016 this season. The senior, who ranks ninth nationally in assists per game, is just the third setter at Florida to have made that mark each year as a starter. She also posted a match-high three of Florida's seven aces.
"I think our serving was a big part of the match," Wise said. "But, the point has to be made of how well we played tonight. We were able to jump out early with the help of Kris Bova (Milwaukee, Wis./Divine Savior). She kept balls from hitting the floor to help shut down a strong offensive team. She allowed us to set the tone of the match early."
On the match, the Gators out-hit the Bulldogs .364-.116. Defensively, Florida held also held the edge, out-digging and out-blocking Georiga 45-23 and 7.5-2, respectively. Bova finished with a match-high 12 digs, followed by Sanchez with nine. Heather Wright (Martinsville, Ind./Martinsville) , who leads the nation in hitting efficiency, was in on eight blocks (one solo, seven assist).
Florida (20-2, 11-0 SEC) leads the series against Georgia (7-12, 3-7 SEC) 26-8 all-time since 1984 and 23-0 under Wise.
Florida suffocated the Bulldogs through the first two games, which both lasted less than 15 minutes. The Bulldogs did not score consecutive points until faced with a 14-2 deficit in the first game.
But, a revitalized Georgia squad came out in the third frame. The Bulldogs led by three points twice, shutting down the Gators, which held a .533-.240 offensive advantage through two games. Florida turned it around while Manz served six straight points to go ahead 8-5. Florida closed it out with a pair of block assists, both including Wright.
Georgia's Stacy Buerger led her team with eight kills. Senior outside hitter Rebecca Dady posted team highs with a .357 offensive effort (5-0-14) and eight digs.
The Gators will look to capture their fifth consecutive Eastern Division title as they take on South Carolina (12-8, 6-3 SEC) Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast the match live from the Volleyball Competition Facility.