middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth
(Deltona, Fla.) led all players with 16 kills on .682 hitting as No. 4
Florida defeated Georgia for the 40th straight time 3-0 (30-25,
30-16, 30-20) in the first round of the 2005 Southeastern Volleyball Tournament
Friday afternoon at the Coleman Auxiliary Volleyball Extension.
Gators (26-2) advance to Saturday’s first semifinal match where Florida will face No. 4 seed Arkansas (20-10) at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
improved its game record to 117-13 vs. the Bulldogs (10-17) under Mary Wise,
while UF’s record in the SEC Tournament stands at 40-3 in Wise’s tenure as the
Gators are looking to win their 12th tournament title in the last 14
great way to start the tournament – to be productive on both the offensive and
defensive sides,” Florida
coach Mary Wise said. “We’re at our best when we can go from defense to offense
and we did that today. We also passed awfully well.”
outside hitter Marcie Hampton
(Gainesville, Fla.) also fared well for Florida with a season-best tying 13
kills on .458 hitting, while sophomore setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) added 44 assists, seven kills on
1.000 hitting and three blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Kari Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
added a career-best six blocks and five kills with senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.)
totaling 14 kills and six digs.
Florida hit a season-best .486 to .229 for Georgia, while
finishing with more kills (61-40), digs (44-32) and blocks (9.0-2.0). Florida’s hitting efficiency against the Bulldogs was the
highest by any Georgia
opponent this season.
opening game was close until the Gators slowly pulled in front after the midway
point in a 30-25 win. The squads continuously sided out to begin the game until
the Bulldogs tallied two straight points to take a 9-8 lead. The Gators
promptly tied things with a kill from Killingsworth on the slide before Georgia
eventually took its biggest lead of the game at 12-10. Florida
came back to the things at 13-13 and went in front for good after an off-speed
kill from Hampton
at 14-13. UF gradually built a lead by scoring points in groups of two and three.
After a kill from sophomore Amber McCray
(Longview, Texas) on the right-side gave the Gators
a 23-17 advantage, the Bulldogs fought back within three at 23-20. Georgia closed the gap to two at 26-24, but Florida answered with three
straight points on a kill from Killingsworth, a kill from Collymore and block
assists from Killingsworth and McGinnis. Hampton
eventually closed out the game with a kill from the pipe. The Gators hit .543
in the game – just two one-thousandths off their season best – with
Killingsworth providing a game-high seven kills on .545 hitting. No UF player
hit below .333 in the game, while Florida
finished with a season-best 23 kills in the game.
Florida took control of the second game
from the outset before cruising to a 30-16 win. With the score tied at 2-2, the
Gators notched eight of the next nine points with freshman defensive specialist
Christina Diaz (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
serving five of the points and Klinkenborg recording a pair of kills. Georgia came
within five points at 10-5, but the Gators next let the Bulldogs creep closer.
The game eventually ended on a Georgia
attack error. Florida out-hit Georgia .429-.122 in the second frame with Hampton leading the way
with seven kills on .600 hitting. Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton,
Colo.) paced all players with
Gators used an 8-0 run midway through the final game to seal the match in a
30-20 win. The Gators jumped out to an early 10-5 and the Bulldogs remained
close, tallying a point on a UF service error to narrow the gap to 20-15. Florida then dropped eight straight points on Georgia with
Engel holding serve for seven. McCray tallied a pair of kills in the run to
lead the way before the contest ended with a kill from McGinnis. The Gators hit
.500 in the game to just .182 for Georgia. Killingsworth tied for the
game high with five kills, while Engel added a game-high six digs.
Florida’s match vs. No. 4 seed Arkansas is slated to begin 4:30 (ET) on
Saturday afternoon. The contest will be carried live on WGGG and WMOP (900 AM
and 1230 AM) in addition to www.GatorZone.com.