blocker Kisya Killingsworth
(Deltona, Fla.) set career highs with 16.5 points and nine blocks as the
No. 6 University of Florida volleyball team defeated Florida State 3-0 (30-20,
30-23, 30-16) in front of 2,323 fans on Monday night at the Stephen C.
Killingsworth was just one block and
one kill shy of recording the first triple double in Florida
history, while senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood,
Colo.) finished with a match-high 11 kills in
(10-1) to its 230th straight win over an unranked opponent. The Gators out-hit
the Seminoles .333 to .016 and also finished with more team blocks (13.0-7.0),
kills (49-30) and assists (48-27). Florida has
now beaten Florida State (2-6) 14 consecutive times and has won 27
straight matches against teams from the state of Florida.
Florida beat the Seminoles with a wide-array of players
as four different Gators recorded at least 10.0 points and six finished with at
least eight kills.
“The bottom line is
that we had four players in double figures in points in a three-game match,” Florida coach Mary Wise
said. “That’s great production and that’s how you win matches.”
Sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser,
Mich.) fared well as she had 42 assists,
seven digs, four kills and a service ace, while sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.)
added a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs.
specialist Rhian Davis (Austin,
Texas) had a solid serving night and also
finished with a season high 15 digs, while sophomore opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas)
added eight kills on 12 swings and a pair of solo blocks.
Florida used an 8-0 run early on in the opening game to
take control before eventually claiming the opening game 30-20. After FSU
scored three straight points to tie the game at 7-7, the Gators reeled off
eight consecutive points to build a 15-8 lead. Davis fueled the run with her serve, which
included an ace on UF’s 15th point. The Seminoles fought back within five at
24-19, but the Gators promptly tallied the next four points, three coming
behind the serve of Davis.
Florida closed out the game after a Florida State service error. The Gators out-hit
FSU .355 to -.049 in the game with McCray totaling five kills on .667 hitting.
Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.)
and Davis paced UF with five digs in the game.
The second game was
closer than the first, but ended with Florida
scoring six of the final eight points in a 30-23 win. The game was close most
of the way with the two teams trading points back and forth. The Gators claimed
their largest lead at 22-17, but following a Florida State
timeout, the Seminoles crawled back, eventually coming within a pair at 24-22.
The Gators called a timeout of their own and responded with two straight points
followed by a Seminole tally. Florida then
struck with four straight points to close the match behind the serve of Hampton as she picked up
the final point with an ace. The Gators out-hit Florida
State .333-.225 in the game and Florida picked up 5.0
total blocks with Killingsworth recording two solos
and two assists. McGinnis led UF in both kills and digs in the game with four
and five, respectively.
The Gators dominated
the final game as Florida
scored the first seven points before breezing to a 30-16 win. After a kill from
Killingsworth to open the game, Hampton served six straight points to make it
7-0 UF. The Gators ran the score to 11-1 and later 18-4 and the Seminoles never
got closer than 10 the rest of the way. The Gators hit .317 in the game to
-.116 for Florida
State and totaled 5.0
blocks. Killingsworth again picked up four with two
solos and two assists, while Collymore paced UF with six kills and Engel added
Florida will return to action
for the opening of Southeastern Conference play when the Gators travel to Mississippi State
this weekend. The Gators will take on the Bulldogs at 8 p.m. (ET) Friday, Sept.
23 and Mississippi
at 2:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Sept. 25. Both matches will be carried live on
WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com.