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Monday September 5, 2005No. 6 VB Moves To 5-0 With Victory Against Eastern Washington

GAINESVILLE, Fla.

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 us."

 

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 block assists.

 

Florida dominated 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. Hampton 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).

 

 

 

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