Tuesday November 9, 1999Volleyball Sweeps FSU on Senior Night
No. 4 Florida (23-2, 14-0 Southeastern Conference) swept 15-3, 15-5, 15-4 in-state rival Florida State (8-20, 1-13 Atlantic Coast Conference) in front of a crowd of 3,246 fans gathered to honor seniors, Jenny Manz, Jenny Whitehead and Jenny Sanchez for Senior Night in the Gators' final regular-season home match of the year.
The trio of Jennies combined for 16 of the Gators' 28 digs and eight of the team's season-high 10 service aces. Manz (Orange Park, Fla./Middleburg) and Sanchez (San Antonio, Texas/Providence) both posted perfect, errorless hitting matches.
Manz, the SEC Player of the Week, pounded 14 kills for a career-high .824 hitting percentage on 17 attempts to lead all hitters in the match and tied her career-high in service aces with six. The match marked her second errorless this season, and the third during her tenure. She also put up a match-high four blocks along with freshman Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas/Pine Tree). McCray was second with nine kills and only two errors on 12 attempts for a .583 hitting efficiency.
Whitehead (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) posted five kills and six digs while setter Sanchez also turned in a perfect 1.000 hitting performance with four kills, 31 assists, two aces and four digs.
Head coach Mary Wise was impressed with her team's Senior Night performance. "Typically Senior Night performances have been less than great for our team, historically. We talked about dealing with that," Wise said. "Jenny Manz might have had as great of a performance as we've seen by a senior or any Gator in a match at the O'Connell Center. She was in a zone."
Florida posted 44 kills for a .397 team hitting percentage to FSU's 28 kills for a .056 hitting percentage. The Gators also recorded seven team blocks to the Seminoles' three.
In the first game, Florida scored 10 points before FSU answered as it went on to coast to a 15-3 finish. Manz had an errorless six kills in eight attempts for a .750 hitting percentage and added an ace and three digs. Sanchez contributed one ace and 14 assists.
Florida trailed early in Game 2 before tying 3-3 on a McCray kill. The sophomore went on to record four kills and lead Florida's defense, allowing only two FSU kills in the game. Manz served two aces in a row sparking the game-winning run for a 15-5 victory.
The Gators had to battle in the third game, but three consecutive aces by Manz ignited Florida's offense to score seven unanswered points and take the 15-4 win.
Florida travels to UT-San Antonio to play in front of Sanchez's hometown crowd. The Gators take on the Roadrunners (21-5, 17-2 Southland Conference) at 8 p.m. in the Convocation Center Saturday Nov. 13.