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Marcie Hampton led the Gators with 46 kills on the day

Saturday March 25, 2006Gator VB Sweeps Pair of Spring Matches From Miami and Barry


Marcie Hampton led the Gators with 46 kills on the day

Despite losing the team's top point scorer from 2005, the University of Florida volleyball team's offense didn't miss a beat as the Gators swept Barry and Miami twice each on Saturday at the Lemerand Center.


In the morning sessions, the Gators defeated Division II power Barry 3-0 (30-15, 30-22, 15-8) before claiming a win against Miami 3-0 (30-21, 30-22, 15-11). In the afternoon, Florida again beat both teams 3-0 with game scores of 30-25, 30-24, 15-8 against Barry and 30-23, 30-21, 18-16 against Miami.


"We're definitely a work in progress, but this team played well today," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "We're looking to see where else we can get points from - blocking and serving - and we hit at a very high percentage today. We're not looking for one person to be Jane Collymore. Instead, we're hoping that a combination of players can fill that void.


"Elyse Cusack's play was very encouraging today both from a passing and defensive standpoint," Wise said. "Kristina Johnson, Janine Williams and Elyse all played very well considering this was their first collegiate action."


Sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) paced the Gators in the opening contest against Barry by tallying 11 kills, a pair of blocks and an ace, while junior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) led Florida in the opening match against Miami with 13 kills.


In the afternoon session, Hampton again came up big with 14 kills and a pair of blocks in the win against Barry before again leading the Gators with 13 kills in the victory against the Hurricanes.


For the afternoon, Hampton led all UF players with 46 kills, while junior Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) chimed in with 34 and junior middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) added 26. Killingsworth also paced the Gators with eight blocks on the day, while junior setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) added seven.


Florida will travel to Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 1, before returning to Gainesville to host its final spring matches against Minnesota and Virginia on Saturday, April 8.

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