No. 3 Florida Volleyball Sweeps No. 7 UC Santa Barbara

Sept. 5, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - Led by 13 kills and 10 digs from senior Aury Cruzand 15 kills from Benavia Jenkins, the No. 3 Florida volleyball teamswept seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara 3-0 (30-23, 30-28, 30-21) at theMaples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. The win was also Head Coach MaryWise's 400th at the helm of the Gator volleyball program.

In addition to her 15 kills, Jenkins also hit a match-high .542and added eight digs and two blocks. Libero Jen Mandes tallied ateam-high 11 digs, while Sherri Williams added 13 kills and five blocksin the win.

Florida (5-1) jumped out to a quick lead in the first game, asJenkins scored four of the Gators' first five points with three killsfollowed by a service ace. After a block from Williams and LaurenMoscovic gave Florida a 6-2 advantage, Moscovic began a six-pointserving run that included three kills by Williams, a kill by Cruz and aMoscovic service ace to give the Gators a 12-4 lead. That run forced UCSanta Barbara (1-2) to use a timeout. The Gauchos came out of thestoppage and went on a 7-2 run to pull to within three points at 14-11before Florida used its first timeout to stop the momentum. UCSB got towithin one point at 15-14 before Michelle Chatman took over and scoredthe next three points for Florida with two kills and a service ace foran 18-14 lead. The two teams then traded points, with the Gauchos movingto within one several times, but Florida took over the momentum in goingon a 5-1 run to take a 27-22 lead. The Gators won the opening stanza30-23.

UF took the lead again in the second game as Jane Collymore ledthe Gators on a six-point serving run that included kills from Jenkinsand Moscovic and a block by Jenkins and Cruz. That run gave Florida a7-1 lead. The Gators extended that advantage to 9-2, forcing UCSB toburn a timeout. The next stretch nearly mirrored game one, as UCSB livedup to its billing as a very defensive-minded team and would not let aball hit the floor. The Gauchos went on a 10-5 run to close to withintwo at 14-12 before Florida took a timeout. With a 16-14 advantage,Florida went on a 3-0 run to extend its lead to 19-14 with kills fromWilliams and Collymore and a Williams/Cruz block. After trading pointson the next two plays and Florida holding a 20-16 lead, UCSB opened a5-0 run to take its first lead of the match at 21-20. The Gators thencalled a timeout to stop the momentum and immediately went to Cruz whoproduced two straight kills to give Florida the 22-21 lead. The teamsthen traded points, and after the Gauchos led 26-24, kills from Cruz andWilliams knotted the game at 26-26 and Jenkins gave the Gators the leadback with a service ace. UCSB tied it again after Florida was called fora net violation, then the Gators retook the lead on a long attack by theGauchos. UCSB knotted it again at 28-28 before kills by Cruz andWilliams, respectively, gave the Gators the 30-28 win in game two.

With her kill to give Florida a 4-1 lead in game three, Cruzmoved into third place in school history in career kills, passing JennyWood's total of 1,387. UCSB came back and tied the game at 4-4, and withFlorida leading 6-5, the Gators went on a 5-0 run for the 11-5 advantageand forced the Gauchos to call a timeout. UCSB could not put a string oftwo points together until the 16-9 mark when the Gauchos went on a 2-0run to close to 16-11. The closest UCSB would get was five points at18-13 as the Gators would build a 24-17 lead. After a timeout, theGauchos went on a 2-0 run to pull to within five points at 24-19 beforea Jenkins kill stopped any run UCSB might have started. Florida wrappedup the match with a 30-21 win in game three.

For UC Santa Barbara, Erica Menzel led the team with 17 digs,while Kristin Nelson added 15 and Mari Bell tallied 11. Bell also addedsix kills and a team-high .417 hitting percentage.

The Gators take on No. 4 Stanford Saturday at 8 p.m. EST. Thematch will be broadcast live on courtesy of Yahoo andwill also be televised on a taped-delay basis as the inaugural match ofthe AVCA National Match of the Week by the College Sports TelevisionNetwork. The match will air on CSTV at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday and locallyon Cox Channel 15 in Gainesville and Ocala.

UC Santa Barbara will face the University of San Diego at approximately 7 p.m. (40 minutes after the Florida/Stanford match) in Maples Pavilion.