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Jane Collymore became the sixth player in Florida history 1,000 kills and digs

Friday October 28, 2005Collymore Moves Up Charts As VB Beats South Carolina For 25th Straight Time

COLUMBIA, S.C.

Jane Collymore became the sixth player in Florida history 1,000 kills and digs

Senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) became just the sixth player in school history to reach 1,000 kills and digs in a career in leading No. 4 Florida past South Carolina 3-0 (30-23, 30-16, 30-21) Friday evening at the Volleyball Competition Facility.

 

The Gators (21-1, 11-0) won their 203rd straight match against an unranked opponent and their 25th consecutive match against South Carolina (10-11, 3-8) while extending their streak to 33 straight games won in the Southeastern Conference. Florida finished with more kills (53-37) and digs (37-33), while out-hitting the Gamecocks .385-.123.

 

“It was exciting to see Jane become one of a handful of players with 1,000 kills and digs,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “Those were 17 hard-earned kills and she displayed a lot of patience tonight. This was a good win on the road in terms of a team changing their lineup with players we hadn’t seen and our players did a good job of adjusting.

 

Collymore also moved into fourth place in Florida history in career kills as she finished with 17 in the match to give her 1,403 in her career. She also has tallied five digs to give her 1,002. Sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) finished a perfect 8-for-8 on attacks with eight kills and 39 assists, while sophomore middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) added 10 kills on .562 hitting. Sophomore middle blocker Kari Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) also added six kills on .600 hitting with five block assists.

 

The Gators jumped out to an early lead in the opening frame and subdued a late South Carolina rally for a 30-23 win. The teams sided out frequently in the beginning stages before the Gators used a 4-0 run to take an 11-6 lead. After a pair of points from the Gamecocks, the Gators sided out before sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) served six consecutive points as Florida’s lead swelled to 10 at 18-8. The Gators remained in control with the Gamecocks coming within four at 27-23, but Florida ended the game with the final three points. Collymore tied for the game high with five kills, while junior defensive specialist Rhian Davis (Austin, Texas) led the Gators with six digs.

 

Florida used an early 6-0 run in building a 12-point lead before cruising to a 30-16 game two win. Already on top 9-3, the Gators sided out before freshman Christina Diaz (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) held serve for five straight points as Florida’s lead expanded to 12 at 15-3. The Gamecocks came within nine at 18-9, but the Gators then tallied six of the next seven points to go up by 14 before the game ended on a South Carolina rotation error. Collymore and Killingsworth led Florida with six kills apiece as the Gators hit .469 in the game with 17 kills and two errors on 32 swings. Hampton paced UF with four digs. The Gators also posted 4.0 blocks in the game with Klinkenborg recording three.

 

The final stanza was the tightest of the match before Florida used a 6-1 run late to post a 30-21 win. South Carolina jumped out to an early lead before the Gators overtook the Gamecocks on a kill from Hampton at 8-7. South Carolina never led again, but stayed within striking distance. After the Gamecocks came within four at 22-18, Florida scored six of the next seven points to move ahead 28-19 before the match ended with a kill from Klinkenborg. Hampton and McGinnis led all players with five kills in the game as UF hit .459 with 22 kills and five errors on 37 attempts.

 

Florida returns to action Sunday when the Gators travel to Knoxville to face Tennessee in a nationally televised contest on CSTV. The match will be played at 1:30 p.m. and will air tape-delayed at 6 p.m. later that evening. The contest will also be broadcast on WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com.

 

 

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