Gators rout Virginia Tech

Florida rolls in the UF Volleyball Conference Challenge and plays Notre Dame today.

Published: Monday, July 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 2, 2002 at 1:23 p.m.

ORLANDO - The seventh-ranked Florida volleyball team opened play in the 2001 UF Volleyball Conference Challenge with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-15) win over Virginia Tech on Friday.

The Gators face 25th-ranked Notre Dame in today's final match.

Benavia Jenkins led Florida with 10 kills on a .615 hitting percentage against Virginia Tech. Nicole McCray added nine kills and had three block assists. Aury Cruz had six kills, breaking her string of 27 straight matches in double-figures. Kris Bova had a match-high 33 assists. Jessica Riester added three kills, two service aces and three digs.

Florida rolled to the first-game win after jumping out to a 10-0 lead on the Hokies. Florida had runs of 10-0, 4-0 and 5-0 in the first game. McCray had four kills and two block assists in the first game. Jen Mandes served up four consecutive points in the 10-0 start and had three digs in the first frame.

The Gators, who won their ninth SEC Tournament championship last weekend, had the game in hand before Virginia Tech spent its two timeouts.

The second game went much like the first. Jenkins killed four of her five attacks in the game and helped the Gators to the 30-17 win. The clinching third game saw UF serve up four of its match-high 12 aces. Reister killed two balls in the third game. Jenkins had five kills in the game while McCray had three.

The Gators have outblocked their opponents in 22 straight matches and have outkilled opponents in 22 straight as well. UF's winning streak is 22 matches.

Florida plays the Fighting Irish, who defeated LSU 3-0 in Friday's first match, at 2 p.m. today at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.

LSU takes on Virginia Tech at noon in the first match.

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