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Marcie Hampton finished with a double-double vs. Mississippi

Sunday September 25, 2005No. 6 VB Dismantles Mississippi, 3-0

OXFORD, Miss.

Marcie Hampton finished with a double-double vs. Mississippi

Behind 10 kills and 16 digs from sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.), No. 6 Florida defeated Mississippi 3-0 (30-13, 30-11, 30-16) Sunday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center.

 

The win was the 76th straight SEC regular season away victory for Florida (12-1, 2-0) and the 42nd in a row against teams from the state of Mississippi. Florida out-hit the Rebels (6-8, 0-2) .379-.084 and finished with more kills (46-25), digs (57-35) and blocks (4.0-2.0). The Gators also posted a season-best 13 service aces to just two service errors with six different Gators recording at least one ace. Senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) also fared well for UF with 14 kills on .375 hitting with eight digs.

 

“We ask Marcie to play so many roles for us and she did just that today,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “We challenged her and she responded. I’m also very proud of Rhian Davis. The team followed her lead on serving. The team competes so hard off her serve and she started off games 1 and 2 very well.”

 

Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) ended the contest with 13 digs in becoming just the seventh player in Florida history to amass at least 1,000 in a career. Collymore also moved into fifth in Gator history in career kills with 1,279. Sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) posted another solid all-around effort with 31 assists, nine digs, six kills and two blocks. Junior defensive specialist Rhian Davis (Austin, Texas) gave the Gators a huge boost in the serving department as she finished with four aces and served several lengthy UF runs, including stretches of nine, six and five consecutive points. The 13 service aces marked the first time the Gators had finished in double digits since finishing with 10 vs. IPFW on Sept. 5, 2004.

 

The Gators took control from the beginning of the first game as UF used an early 7-0 run to take a 9-2 lead behind the strong serving of Davis en route to a 30-13 win. The Rebels came back within seven at 15-8, but the Gators then scored five straight to move on top 20-8 and Mississippi never threatened. Collymore led all players with seven kills, while Hampton added seven digs. The Gators out-hit Mississippi .484-.088 and finished the opening game with five service aces, including two apiece from McGinnis and Davis.

 

The second game resembled the first as UF scored the first 10 points before cruising to a 30-11 win. With Davis again holding serve, the Gators tallied the opening 10 points, which included a pair of aces from Davis and kills from five different players. Davis’ serve again gave the Rebels fits later on in the game as the Gators put six consecutive points on the scoreboard to move ahead 25-6 before the game ended on a Mississippi service error. Hampton paced UF with five kills, while also leading the Gators with seven digs.

 

The final game was closer, but ended with a 30-16 Gator win. The teams traded points early with the Gators’ lead shrinking to two at 7-5 following a Rebel kill. But Florida tallied four straight points nine of the next 10 to go ahead 16-6 and Mississippi never threatened again before the match ended on a Rebel attack error. Sophomore opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) finished with a game-high six kills on six swings, while Engel added six digs.

 

Florida will play its third straight SEC match on the road when the Gators travel to Georgia Wednesday, Sept. 28 for a contest slated to begin at 7 p.m. The matchup will be carried live on Rock 104 and www.GatorZone.com.

 

 

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