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Friday October 21, 2005Collymore Leads Balanced Attack As VB Takes Down Arkansas 3-0

GAINESVILLE, Fla.

Jane Collymore finished with match highs in kills (12) and points (16.0)

Senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) paced a balanced attack with 12 kills and 16.0 points in leading No. 4 Florida to its 14th straight victory against Arkansas 3-0 (30-10, 33-31, 30-23) before a crowd of 2,522 fans Friday evening at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

Collymore tallied her 39th career double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs, while also leading the Gators (19-1, 9-0) with four service aces. Florida extended its streak of consecutive games won in the Southeastern Conference to 27 while posting its 201st straight win against an unranked opponent. The Gators finished with more kills (45-37), aces (11-2), digs (58-49) and total blocks (6.0-5.5), while out-hitting Arkansas (13-8, 6-3) .220-.076. The Lady Razorbacks entered the contest as the eighth-best blocking team in the country at a clip of 3.44 per game.

 

“Game one for us came awfully easy and as a coach, you fear maybe too easy,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “Games two and three were much more indicative of the Arkansas team we thought we’d see. To win in three against a great blocking team says a lot about our passing tonight.”

 

Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) added her 16th career 20-plus dig match with a match-high 23, while sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) added nine kills on .300 hitting with 11 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Kari Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) chipped in with eight kills on .583 hitting with two solo blocks.

 

Six different Gators notched an ace in the match, led by Collymore’s four, while Hampton added three and four other players finished with one. In collecting 13 digs, Collymore moved into ninth place in Florida history with 985 digs. She is just 15 shy of becoming the eighth player in UF history to reach 1,000.

 

Florida opened the match in dominating fashion with an 11-0 run behind Collymore’s serve leading UF to a 30-10 win. The 10 points marked the lowest total by an opponent all season. With the Gators already on top 12-8, Collymore held serve for 11 consecutive points, which included four aces, and gave Florida an insurmountable advantage at 23-8 before sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) ended the game with a kill. The Gators out-hit Arkansas .458 to -.100 in the game as UF had just one attack error and 12 kills on 24 swings.

 

Arkansas challenged the Gators in the second game and held a 27-25 lead in the latter stages before Florida rallied to take the frame 33-31. The game was tight throughout before the Lady Razorbacks tallied a pair of consecutive points to move on top 27-25. The Gators fought back with a kill from sophomore opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) and a kill from Hampton to tie the game at 28-28. Amy Allison tallied a kill to give Arkansas a 29-28 advantage, but Florida staved off a point with a Collymore kill. The Gators moved ahead 30-29 after an Arkansas attack error, but the Lady Backs fought off that and another match point at 31-30. But Collymore stuck again with a kill, which was followed by another Arkansas attack error to end the game. Collymore and sophomore middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) each tallied a game-high five kills, while Engel added a game-high 10 digs.

 

The third frame was also close until the Gators pulled away late in a 30-23 win. Florida stormed out to take an early lead with Hampton serving six straight points to give UF a 10-5 advantage. Arkansas remained within striking distance and pulled within one at 21-20. The Gators tallied the next three points to move on top 24-21 and never looked back before the match ended with an Arkansas attack error. Collymore again led all players with six kills in the game on .357 hitting, while Engel notched eight digs.

 

Florida returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 23 when the Gators face LSU at 1:30 p.m. at the O’Connell Center. The match will be carried live on WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com in addition to being streamed live via GatorVision Online

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