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Monday August 29, 2005No. 8 VB Claims Season-Opening Win Against Jacksonville

GAINESVILLE, Fla.

Senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) posted her 31st career double-double and finished with a match-high 16 kills as No. 8 University of Florida defeated Jacksonville for the 13th straight time Monday evening 3-0 (30-19, 30-17, 30-20) at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

 

Collymore tallied 16 kills on .410 hitting with 10 digs, while sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) had a solid all-around outing with 41 assists, eight digs, five kills and one block. The Gators (1-0) finished with more kills (55-25) and blocks (8.0-4.0) while out-hitting Jacksonville (0-4) .331 to .047.

 

"I keep thinking back to where we were a year ago and how much further along this team is," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "I was most pleased with the serve receive from Marcie, Jane and Rachel."

 

Sophomore right-side hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) played in her first match since the 2003 season and set a career high with 10 kills on .350 hitting, while sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) tallied the 10th double-double of her career with 10 kills on .455 hitting with 10 digs. Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) notched 18 digs and is just nine shy of 800 in her career. The Gators moved to 13-0 all-time against Jacksonville and 11-4 in season openers under Wise, including a 9-1 mark at home.

 

The opening game began following the ceremonial first serve in which Florida president Bernie Machen initiated the Gators' 2005 season. Florida battled back and forth with the Dolphins before slowly pulling away mid-game. With the Gators leading 16-14, Florida went on a 7-2 run to move on top 23-16 with Collymore pounding out three kills in the stretch. Jacksonville closed within six at 24-18, but the Gators scored six of the final eight points to seal the game with a Dolphin attack error ending the opening stanza at 30-19. Collymore had nine kills and five digs in the game with McGinnis chipping in four kills and Engel adding six digs.

 

The Gators came out strong in the second game, scorching out to a 6-2 lead behind the serve of Collymore and a pair of kills from McCray and Hampton. Florida extended its lead to six at 15-9 and the Dolphins never threatened afterwards. With the score 21-14, the Gators scored six straight points on McGinnis' serve with a pair of kills from McCray before she finished Jacksonville off with a kill at 30-17. McCray had six kills in the game with Hampton adding four and Engel notching eight digs as Hampton added seven.

 

The closing game was much of the same with Florida streaking out to a 12-6 lead with McGinnis again providing a strong serve to start the frame. The Dolphins were as close as five at 14-9, but the Gators reeled off eight of the next 10 points to take a commanding 22-11 advantage before freshman middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) ended the match with a kill at 30-20. Collymore again paced the team with six kills in the game with Hampton adding four.

 

Florida will return to action when the Gators host the Aquafina Volleyball Invitational Sept. 2-3 at the O'Connell Center. Play opens Friday when Missouri State faces No. 15 UC-Santa Barbara at 10 a.m. with Florida taking on Dayton at noon. UCSB will battle Dayton at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening before Florida closes out the night with a contest against Missouri State at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Dayton will play Missouri State at 1 p.m. with the Gators set to face UCSB at 3:30 p.m.

 

The Gator matches against Dayton and UCSB will both be webcast on www.GatorZone.com, while the contest against Missouri State will be carried live on Rock 104. The Dayton matchup can also be seen on GatorVision Online.

 

For the Saturday match, a shuttle to the O'Connell Center from the Oaks Mall will begin at 2:30 p.m.

 

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