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Wednesday October 12, 2005Collymore Collects 20 Kills As VB Beats Georgia For 39th Straight Time

GAINESVILLE, Fla.

Senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) tallied match highs in kills (20) and points (23.0) in leading No. 5 Florida to its 39th consecutive victory against Georgia 3-0 (30-19, 30-19, 30-17) on Wednesday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

The Gators (17-1, 7-0) never trailed in the entire match and also claimed their 17th straight home win against Georgia (7-9, 2-4), while extending their streak of consecutive games won to 36. Six different UF players hit above .300 in the contest with the Gators as a team hitting a season-best .465. Florida finished with more kills (58-34), aces (5-1), digs (37-25) and blocks (6.0-5.0), while out-hitting Georgia .465-.191.

 

“To be able to hit .465 against a great blocking team like Georgia makes for a great win,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “The number that stands out most to me is that in 99 swings we only hit seven balls out of bounds. Jane had 20 kills in three games with a great hitting efficiency – it was an All-American performance.”

 

Collymore accomplished a pair of milestones on the evening as she moved into fourth place in Florida history in career aces with 154 after collecting three. She also became just the sixth player in school history to amass 1,600 points in a career. Sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) also fared well with 10 kills on .562 hitting with six digs and three blocks, while sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) led the Gators to their second-straight match of .400 hitting and ended the contest with 47 assists, four kills and three digs.

 

The Gators scored the first four points of game 1 and never looked back before claiming a 30-19 win. After recording the opening four points, Florida increased its lead to seven after block assists from sophomore opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) and sophomore middle blocker Kari Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) on the right side made the score 11-4. Georgia never threatened as the Gators built their advantage to as much as 13 after a dig-to-kill by senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) at 25-12. The Bulldogs mounted a small run to come within eight, but Florida scored the final three points with Collymore ending the game with a kill on an overpass. She tied for the game high with six kills on .545 hitting, while also collecting a game-high four digs. The Gators out-hit Georgia .483-.270 in the game as UF had just two attack errors on 29 swings with 16 kills.

 

The second game again boasted little suspense as Florida scored 11 of the first 16 points in taking the game 30-19. After the Bulldogs pulled within one at 6-5, the Gators tallied five straight points to move on top 11-5 with McCray providing a solo block and kill in the stretch. Georgia was again within five at 17-12, but Florida scored 12 of the next 15 points to go ahead 29-15 before sophomore middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) closed the game with a kill. The Gators were again on fire offensively as UF out-hit Georgia .424-.069 with Hampton and Collymore each collecting five kills. Hampton hit .714 in the game and Engel tied for the game high with four digs.

 

The final frame also proved to be lopsided as Florida used a 5-0 run midway through the game in boosting a three-point advantage to eight before cruising to a 30-17 win. After a Bulldog kill made the score 13-10 in favor of the Gators, Florida promptly notched the next five points with Klinkenborg, McCray and Collymore posting kills in the stretch as Florida built an 18-10 lead. Georgia never came closer than seven points the rest of the way before freshman middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) ended the match with a kill. Florida hit .486 in the third game to .214 for Georgia with Collymore tallying nine kills on 10 swings. Engel added a game-high eight digs.

 

The Gators have a one-day break before traveling to Lexington to take on Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Rock 104 and www.GatorZone.com

 

 

 

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