Sophomore middle blocker Kisya
Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) finished one kill shy of her career best in
leading No. 6 Florida to a 3-0 win (30-27, 30-16, 30-16) against Eastern
Washington Monday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Killingsworth tallied 10 kills on .444 hitting, while adding four
blocks as the Gators won their 227th consecutive match against
unranked opponents. After struggling in the opening game, Florida
rebounded to out-hit (.263-.074), out-dig (52-46) and out-block (6.0-3.0) an Eastern Washington team that won 20 matches in 2004.
"This match is exactly what we hoped it would be," Florida coach Mary Wise
said. "Eastern Washington will another 20
matches this year. They played us well in the first game with a great game
plan. For our players to have to come from behind was great experience for
The Gators overcame a three-point deficit midway through the first
game to take the frame 30-27. Killingsworth rescued the Gators with a pair of
blocks following a timeout late in the game. Sophomore right-side hitter Amber McCray (Longview,
Tex.) and Killingsworth teamed on a block
to put Florida
up 26-24 and sparked a 4-2 run. McCray went on to collect eight kills and three
the second game thanks to four kills by Killingsworth. Sophomore outside hitter
Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.)
recorded four of her eight kills in the second game.
Senior outside hitter Jane
Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) collected four services aces in
the third game and finished with five. Collymore surpassed Aycan Gokberk for
eighth in Florida
all-time career service aces with 129.
The Gators came out
sluggish in the opening frame and trailed the Eagles for a majority of the game
before pulling away in a 30-27 win. The Gators led 6-4 before a 5-0 run by Eastern Washington gave the Eagles a 9-6 lead. The Gators
tied the game at 23-23 on an ace from Collymore and at 24-24 on an EWU attack
error before taking the lead on a block solo from Hampton at 26-25. The Eagles tied things up
at 27-27, but the Gators scored the final three points with Killingsworth
putting the game away with a kill on an overpass. Killingsworth led the Gators
with three kills in the game, while junior defensive specialist Rhian Davis (Austin, Texas)
had four digs to pace UF.
Any sign of sloppy play by
the Gators was absent in game two as Florida
cruised to a 30-16 win. Behind the serve of Davis and Killingsworth, the Gators
scored nine of the first 11 points and the Eagles never recovered. After
hitting just .108 in the opening game with eight errors on 37 swings, Florida
recovered with only a pair of errors and a .387 hitting efficiency in game two.
finished with four kills in the game, as did Killingsworth, who also hit .800
with four kills on five attempts. Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton,
Colo.) and Hampton each
recorded five digs to lead the Gators.
Game three proved to be
nearly the same as the second with Florida
using a 7-0 run in the early stages to close the match out at 30-16. Collymore
fueled the run with four service aces in six serves as Florida's lead went from 10-5 to 16-5. The
Gators never looked back from that point before the match ended with an Eagle
attack error. Three players had three kills in the game with Engel and
sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.)
chiming in with six digs each.
The Gators return to action when UF travels to San Antonio for the UTSA Dome Rally. Florida will face No. 13
Texas A&M on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (ET), No. 8 Southern California on
Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and No. 19 Notre Dame at Noon on Sunday. The Texas
A&M match can be seen tape-delayed on Sun Sports at 8 p.m., while each
match can be heard live on www.GatorZone.com.
The Texas A&M match and the Notre Dame contest can also be heard on WRUF-AM
850 and on Gainesville Cox Cable channel 96 (audio only).