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Junior Marcie Hampton led the Gators with 11 kills in the second match vs. Texas

Saturday April 15, 2006VB Concludes Spring Season With 11-2 Record

HOUSTON, Texas

Junior Marcie Hampton led the Gators with 11 kills in the second match vs. Texas

The 15-time defending Southeastern Conference champion University of Florida volleyball team concluded its spring season on Saturday by going 1-2 with a win against TCU and a pair of close losses to Texas at the Texas Tornados tournament.

 

Florida opened the day by dropping its first match of the spring as Texas beat the Gators in three with scores of 30-24, 30-21, 30-20. Florida rebounded with a win in their second match as UF beat TCU 30-18, 30-20, 15-10. The Gators closed out the event with an agonizingly close loss to the Longhorns (17-30, 32-30, 36-34). Florida finished the spring season with an 11-2 record.

 

“We saw areas where we have improved as a group and some areas where we need to get better,” Florida coach Mary Wise said. “The competition today was good for our team and the playing experience was invaluable for a group that includes two true freshmen and a redshirt freshman.”

 

In the opening match of the day, junior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) paced the Gators with eight kills, while sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bowers (Gainesville, Fla.) added six.

 

In the second match against the Horned Frogs, Bowers again played well with a team-high 11 kills. Competing against two of her sisters, junior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) tallied eight kills. Hampton’s older sister, Linda, is an assistant coach with TCU, while her younger sister, Nirelle, is a setter on the team.

 

In the spring finale, Florida nearly defeated the Longhorns after claiming the opening game before falling in the second two games. Hampton notched a team-high 11 kills with McCray and Bowers each recording eight. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Kristina Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) also fared well with a team-best nine blocks (2 solo, 7 assists), while chipping in with five kills.

 

The Gators won’t return to the court as a team until fall practice begins in August.

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