setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.)
recorded the first triple double in Florida history, but it wasn’t enough for
the fourth-ranked Gators to overcome a two-game deficit as Florida fell to
Tennessee 3-2 (22-30, 30-32, 30-19, 39-37, 12-15) on Sunday at the Stokely Athletics
finished with 10 kills, 22 digs and 59 assists in the epic match that featured
the longest game in the rally scoring era for both Florida
in game four. The Gators (21-2, 11-1) finished with more kills than the Lady
Vols (15-7, 9-3) at 76-73, but Tennessee edged
blocks (21.0-11.0) and digs (92-86).
was really good today and I couldn’t be more proud of the way we competed out
coach Mary Wise said. “It was a championship level atmosphere and Tennessee really pulled
out all the stops. I think the maturity of their players was a big factor in
previous games in the match, the fifth was a see-saw affair with five ties and
a pair of lead changes. The Gators tied the game at 8-8 on McGinnis’ kill that
gave her a triple double before the teams sided out to a 9-9 tie. But Tennessee scored two
straight to move ahead 11-9. Florida pulled
within one at 11-10 after a kill from sophomore middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona,
Fla.) and 12-11 after senior outside
hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.)
put away a ball on an overpass, but the Gators couldn’t close the gap any
further before the match ended at 15-12.
also fared well for the Gators with 24 kills and 11 digs to record her 41st
career double-double. Killingsworth matched her career best with 17 kills while
adding five blocks to lead the Gators. Sophomore middle blocker Kari Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished
with 11 kills on .333 hitting with four blocks and senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) chimed
in with 21 digs – her 18th career match over 20.
and Engel also moved up the Gator charts after their afternoons as Engel moved
into fifth in school history in career digs with 1,180, while Collymore is now
fourth in the Gator history books in career points with 1,716.5.
streak of wins against unranked opponents at 203 in addition to the Gators’
stretch of consecutive Southeastern Conference regular season away victories
Gators still remain the favorite in the race for Florida’s 15th straight SEC title
as UF is the only team with less than three conference losses. The Gators will
clinch the title outright with three wins in their last four matches and will
clinch at least a tie for the crown with two wins in their final four matches.
opening game, the Lady Vols used a 5-0 run midway through before ending Florida’s streak of
consecutive games won in the SEC at 33. UT took a 6-4 advantage early before
the Gators came back to lead 8-6 after a kill from Killingsworth. The teams
traded points with the Gators holding a 10-9 advantage after a kill from McGinnis.
came back with five straight points to move on top 14-10. The Gators narrowed
the gap to two after a kill from sophomore opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) at
15-13, but Tennessee
again responded and went ahead 18-13. Florida
came within two at 18-16 after Collymore tallied a kill from the pipe, but the
Gators got no closer the rest of the way before the Lady Vols won 30-22. Collymore
paced UF with six kills in the game.
second frame was a fierce contest that featured 13 ties and four lead changes
before the Lady Vols capitalized on untimely Gator serving errors in a 32-30
win. Neither squad led by more than three points in the game. The Gators took
their final lead at 27-26 after a kill from Collymore, but the Lady Vols came
back with a pair of points in moving ahead 28-27. Florida
fought off game points at 29-28 and 30-29 before Tennessee ended the game. Killingsworth led
the Gators with eight kills in the game on .500 hitting, while Collymore added
Gators took control from the outset of the third game and cruised to a 30-19
win. Florida out-hit the Lady Vols for the
first time in the match, ending the game at .270 to .026 for Tennessee. The Gators streaked out to leads
of 4-1 and 7-2 before the Lady Vols crept within one at 7-6. But Florida responded with three straight points and 10 of the
next 12 in going ahead 17-8 and Tennessee
never seriously threatened again. Collymore again led the Gators with four
kills, while Engel added five digs.
Florida captured an epic game four, which was the longest in the
rally scoring era for both the Gators and Tennessee. Florida eventually triumphed 39-37 after
fending off five match points. There were 26 ties in the game and the lead
changed hands 13 times. The Gators held a 29-28 late advantage, but the Lady
Vols fought off a match point and went ahead 30-29 before sophomore outside
hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.)
erased the first match point to bring UF back to 30-30. Florida
scored again with a Collymore kill, but Tennessee
tied things at 31-31. Killingsworth gave UF a one-point lead with a kill at
32-31 before UT rallied for the next two and a 33-32 advantage. Klinkenborg
fought off the second match point with a kill on the slide to tie things at
33-33. Following another UT point, Collymore came up with a solo block to again
prevent the match from ending. The Gators went ahead 35-34, but the Lady Vols came
back with the next two in moving ahead 36-35. A UT service error tied the game
at 36-36 before the Gators again staved off a loss with a Killingsworth kill to
tie things at 37-37. Collymore collected another back row kill before UT
committed an attack error to bring the game to a close. Collymore again led the
Gators with six kills in the game with McGinnis adding eight digs.
Florida returns to action next weekend when the Gators continue
their four-match road swing at Alabama on
Friday at 8 p.m. (ET) and at Auburn
on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (ET). The contest against the Crimson Tide will air live
on FSN Florida, while the match at Auburn
will be carried live on Cox Sports. The Alabama
contest will also air on Rock 104 and the Sunday match will be on WRUF-AM 850.
Both contests will also be available on www.GatorZone.com.