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Jane Collymore led all players with 19.0 points

Wednesday September 28, 2005Collymore Leads VB Past Georgia For 38th Straight Time

ATHENS, Ga.

Jane Collymore led all players with 19.0 points

Senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) finished with 16 kills and a match-high 19.0 points in leading No. 5 Florida past Georgia 3-0 (30-26, 30-28, 30-22) for the 38th straight time on Wednesday evening at the Ramsey Student Center.

 

Sophomore middle blocker Kari Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) also ended the match with a career-high 13 kills on .611 hitting with five blocks as Florida (13-1, 3-0) won its 77th consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season road match. The Gators finished with more kills (54-47), digs (41-40) and aces (5-2) and out-hit Georgia (6-6, 1-1) .275-.190.

 

“We sputtered at times, but we made key plays at the right time,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “We were fortunate the schedule allowed us to play Georgia early because I don’t think anyone wants to play them later in the year. I fully expect Georgia to be up for an NCAA bid at the end of the year.”

 

Collymore moved into a tie for fifth in school history in career aces with 147 after tallying one against the Bulldogs. Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) led all players in the match with 14 digs. The Gators have now won 111 of the 124 games played against the Bulldogs under Wise’s direction and 26 of the 38 straight victories have been sweeps.

 

The opening game was tight throughout with the final score of 30-26 Florida representing the largest gap between the teams in the game. After posting five attack errors and a pair of service errors within the first 15 points Georgia scored, the Gators minimized their errors down the stretch and ended the game with a .316 hitting percentage. The teams see-sawed back and forth in the game with Florida taking an early 12-9 lead after a kill from Collymore. The Bulldogs moved past the Gators at 15-14 before UF came back to regain the advantage at 16-15. The squads traded the lead two more times before Florida claimed it for good on a kill from Klinkenborg at 25-24. The Gators bumped their lead to three at 27-24 before eventually closing the game out on a Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) kill at 30-26. Klinkenborg tied for the game high with six kills on .857 hitting, while junior defensive specialist Rhian Davis (Austin, Texas) posted a game-high six digs.

 

The Bulldogs took control in the early stages of the second game before a 7-0 run fueled a Florida comeback resulting in a 30-28 win. With the Bulldogs leading 16-11, the Gators sided out on a Collymore kill before Killingsworth served the Gators to six straight points and an 18-16 advantage. Georgia tied the game at 19-19 and 21-21 before the Gators scored four straight to move on top 25-21 after a Killingsworth kill. The Bulldogs battled back within one at 28-27, but after a UF timeout, Klinkenborg provided the final two kills for the Gator win. Collymore led all players with eight kills in the game.

 

The Gators jumped out to an early lead in the final game and never looked back before claiming a 30-22 win. After the Bulldogs came within one at 7-6, the Gators reeled off six of the next seven points to build a 13-7 advantage. Georgia remained fairly close until Florida pulled away late. The Bulldogs came within three at 23-20 and following a UF timeout, the Gators closed out the match with seven of the final nine points, including the final kill by Collymore, who led Florida with four kills in the game with Engel adding eight digs.

 

Florida returns to action Sunday, Oct. 2 when the Gators host Kentucky at 1:30 p.m. at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The match will be carried live on WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com and will also be available on GatorVision Online.

 

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