Saturday April 16, 2005VB Ends Spring With Wins Against Georgia Tech
Rising junior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) finished with 29 kills, while redshirt sophomore Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) added 26 kills in leading the University of Florida volleyball team past Georgia Tech in a pair of matches to conclude spring practice Saturday at the Lemerand Center.
The Gators easily captured the first match in the morning session, winning 3-0 (30-15, 30-21, 30-19). Florida then came back to topple the Yellow Jackets in three closer games during the afternoon session with scores of 30-20, 30-23, 30-26.
"From a confidence standpoint, it was a great way to end the spring," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "This was as complete a performance as we've had all spring. We were solid with our ball handling and were physical at the net. It was a perfect way to end the spring because we were firing on all cylinders.
"During the spring, we've seen huge improvements on the right side and at several other positions," Wise said. "Rhian Davis and Angie McGinnis have both had great springs. Marcie Hampton looks like a different player physically than she was last year. Jane Collymore put up All-American numbers today. Kisya Killingsworth has a chance to be the next great middle blocker here at Florida. We graduated four seniors from last season's team and we've got only one position with uncertainty heading into the fall - that's a pretty good sign."
Rising freshman Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) ended the day with 21 kills in the two matches, while rising freshman Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) added 19.
In the first match of the day, the Gators took control early in each of the three games. In the first, the Gators led 12-8 before a 13-1 run boosted Florida's lead to 25-10. Hampton served eight of those points and added a pair of aces in the stretch. The Gators eventually put Georgia Tech away on an ace from Killingsworth at 30-15. Six different Florida players tallied kills in the first game with McCray, Collymore and rising freshman Kari Klinkenborg (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) leading with three. Klinkenborg also chipped in with three total blocks.
The Gators again started quickly in the second game, using Hampton's serve to build an early 6-2 lead. The Yellow Jackets fought back and came within two at 14-12, but the Gators scored five of the next six points to go ahead by six at 19-13. After Georgia Tech came within four at 19-15, Florida scored three straight points with rising sophomore Stefanie Douglas (Temple, Texas) providing a pair of block assists in the stretch as the Gators went ahead by seven before Hampton eventually put the game away with a kill at 30-21. Collymore paced the Gators with four kills in the game, while Douglas, McCray and Hampton added three apiece.
The third game was much of the same as Florida led 8-3 early. After Georgia Tech closed the gap to 9-5, the Gators scored six straight points behind the serve of Hampton in moving ahead 15-5. The Yellow Jackets never got closer than six the rest of the way before Killingsworth ended the match with a kill at 30-19. McCray posted seven kills in the game, while Collymore added six.
The second match began in the same fashion as the first as Florida raced out to a 16-8 advantage. After a Yellow Jacket point, the Gators then scored three straight to move ahead 19-9 and Georgia Tech came only as close as nine the rest of the way before Florida ended the game at 30-20. Collymore again paced the Gators with eight kills, while Killingsworth added five.
In the second game was much tighter as Georgia Tech stayed with the Gators for the bulk of the game. After Florida amassed a 10-6 lead, the Yellow Jackets came back to tie the game at 10-10. Florida scored three straight points and seven of the next eight to move ahead 17-11 with Hampton adding four kills in the stretch. Georgia Tech fought back within three at 20-17 and 23-20, but Florida eventually took control and won the game on a Collymore kill at 30-23. McCray had five kills in the game with Collymore and Hampton adding four each.
The final game proved to be the closest of the day as Georgia Tech was tied with the Gators as late as 25-25 before Florida closed out the game by scoring five of the final six points as Collymore ended the match with a kill at 30-26. Hampton paved the way for Florida in the final game with seven kills, while McCray added five.