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Sunday October 23, 2005Collymore Collects 17 Kills As VB Beats LSU For 20th Straight Time

GAINESVILLE, Fla.

Senior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs as No. 4 Florida defeated LSU for the 20th straight time 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-20) before a crowd of 2,002 fans on Sunday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

The win extended Florida’s game winning streak to 30 as the Gators (20-1, 10-0) also won their 202nd consecutive match against a non-ranked opponent. UF finished with more kills (43-33), digs (72-59), service aces (7-3) and blocks (7.0-4.0), while out-hitting the Tigers (16-5, 6-4) .206-.021

 

“We kept a very good offensive team from scoring a lot of points today,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “Our defense starts with serving. Each time we go back to serve, we’re trying to get a team out of system. Jane really made it difficult on LSU when she was in the front row and the back row. She was pretty special today.”

 

Collymore moved into fifth place in Florida history in career points with 21.0 in the match as she now has 1,670.5 in her career. Collymore is also just three digs shy of becoming the fifth player in UF history to reach 1,000 digs and kills. Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) ended the contest in double figures in digs for the 10th straight match with a match-high 18 and moved into sixth place in career digs in UF history with 1,149. In addition, sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) added 34 assists, 15 digs and four kills with junior defensive specialist Rhian Davis (Austin, Texas) chiming in with 12 digs and three service aces.

 

The Gators used a 10-2 run midway through the opening game before cruising to a 30-20 win. The frame was tight in the opening stages with the Tigers holding an advantage at 6-5. The Gators took the lead at 7-6 after a service ace from Engel and never trailed again. But LSU remained close until the serve of Collymore and Engel combined to lead UF on a 10-2 run in boosting Florida’s lead to 25-16. The game eventually ended on an LSU attack error. The Gators out-hit the Tigers .243-.000 in the game with Collymore providing a game-high six kills on .500 hitting and McGinnis adding five digs. Florida also tallied four aces in the game led by Davis, who had a pair.

 

Florida never trailed in the second game and breezed to a 30-21 win. The Gators were up by five at 14-9 before going on a 9-3 run to bump their advantage to 11 at 23-12. Collymore led the way in the decisive stretch with a pair of kills and a service ace. The Tigers fought off four game points before the frame ended with an LSU service error. Collymore and sophomore middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) each had a game-high four kills with Davis adding a game-high six digs.

 

The final game was relatively close until a 5-0 Gator run near the midway point sealed LSU’s fate in a 30-20 win. After the Tigers came back to tie the game at 12-12, Florida tallied the next five points to move ahead 17-12. Sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) served four of the points with Collymore providing three kills in the run. The Tigers never came closer than four the rest of the way before Collymore closed out the match with a kill from the left side. Collymore again led all players with seven kills in the game with Engel tallying 11 digs.

 

Florida returns to action next weekend when the Gators travel to South Carolina on Friday, Oct. 28 and Tennessee on Sunday, Oct. 30. The contest at South Carolina is set to start at 7 p.m. and will be carried live on Rock 104, while the match in Knoxville will be shown tape-delayed on CSTV at 6 p.m. Sunday. The match will air live on WRUF-AM 850 and audio of both matches will be available at www.GatorZone.com.

 

 

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