Senior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.)
finished with a match-high 26 kills and 11 digs in helping guide No. 6 Florida
to a 3-1 win against Auburn (30-16, 30-19, 24-30, 30-16) as the Gators earned
at least a share of their 15th straight Southeastern Conference title
on Sunday afternoon at the Student Activities Center.
matches left to play, the Gators need just one win to claim sole possession of
their 15th straight SEC title. Florida
(23-2, 13-1) matched the Arkansas men’s cross
country program (1991-present) and the Tennessee
men’s outdoor track and field program (1964-78) as the only teams in SEC
conference history in all sports to win as many as 15 straight SEC titles.
really was two different matches today with how well Auburn
played in games three and four,” Florida
coach Mary Wise said. “Out team did a good job of maintaining our focus and we
were led by the play of our senior All-American Jane Collymore. To win the SEC
was one of our goals at the beginning of the season and we’ve put ourselves in
a position to accomplish that goal.”
Gators improved to 22-0 vs. Auburn (8-14, 2-12)
in Mary Wise’s tenure as she joined Arkansas’
John McDonnell as the only coaches in the history of the SEC to win 15 straight
titles. Florida hit .357 in the match, while
finishing with more kills (74-40), digs (67-59) and blocks (14.0-8.0), while
to a .068 hitting efficiency.
posted her 42nd career double-double with her kill total
representing her second-highest total of the season after finishing with 30 vs.
Southern California earlier in the year.
Sophomore middle blocker Kisya
Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) fared well as she had 16 kills on
.419 hitting with a career-tying four solo blocks and nine total blocks.
Sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.)
guided UF to the .357 team hitting percentage and added 57 assists, 10 digs and
Senior libero Rachel Engel
collected 17 digs and moved into fourth in Florida history in career digs with 1,211.
With her assist total, McGinnis now ranks seventh in Gator history with 2,358.
Auburn scored the opening two points the first game, but Florida immediately went
on a 10-0 run and never looked back in a 30-16 win. The Gators hit .405 in the
game with Killingsworth providing six kills on .750 hitting and Collymore
adding six kills on .417 hitting. The Tigers took a 2-0 advantage, but after
Killingsworth tallied a kill, junior defensive specialist Rhian Davis (Austin, Texas) served UF to nine consecutive points and a
10-2 lead. Killingsworth had three kills in the stretch with Davis adding a pair of aces. Auburn never got closer than seven the rest
of the way before Collymore ended the game on a kill from the pipe. Engel led
all players with six digs in the game.
a 13-1 midway through, the Gators again cruised in the second game in a 30-19
win. The frame was close in the opening stages with Auburn pulling within a point at 10-9 after a
kill. But Florida sided out before sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) held
serve for the next eight points as the Gators built a 19-9 advantage. Following
an Auburn point, Florida
tacked on four more points as the Gators went ahead 23-9 before eventually
closing the game out on a kill from Collymore on an angle shot. The Gators hit
.385 in the game, while holding Auburn
to a .054 efficiency. Collymore paved the way for Florida with eight kills on 12 swings, while
also finishing with a game-high five digs.
Auburn turned the tables in the third
game in using a late 7-0 run to secure a 30-24 win. Florida
held the advantage through the opening stages, but the teams remained close as Auburn never fell behind
more than four points. After a kill from Hampton
gave UF a 18-17 lead, Auburn
scored seven consecutive points to move ahead 23-19. Florida came within a pair at 23-21 after a
kill from Collymore, but the Tigers responded by tallying the next to points
before going on to the win. Collymore led all players with six kills on .500
hitting in the game.
Auburn played the Gators close in the final game, but a 13-2 UF
run midway through sealed Auburn’s
fate in a 30-16 win. Florida
took its first lead after a service ace from Collymore made the score 12-11. Auburn tied the game, but Florida then scored six consecutive points
and 13 of the next 15 to move ahead 23-14. Engel served the first six points in
the run with Killingsworth providing two kills, a solo block and a pair of
block assists in the stretch. Auburn came within
nine at 25-16, but Florida
scored the final five points of the match, including the final tally on a kill
from Collymore who again led all players with six kills in the game.
Florida will hit the court again next weekend when the Gators
host Mississippi on Friday at 7 p.m. and Mississippi State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the
Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Both matches can be seen via GatorVision Online,
while WRUF-AM 850 will broadcast both on the airwaves and at www.GatorZone.com.