Gator volleyball keeps rolling

Published: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Senior outside hitter Marcie Hampton tallied a team-high 15 kills and freshman outside hitter Callie Rivers recorded her first-career double-double to lead the sixth-ranked Florida volleyball team to a 3-1 (30-26, 30-28, 30-32, 30-24) win over Alabama on Sunday.

The Gators (13-0, 6-0 SEC) earned the victory on the strength of 11 aces and 11.0 total blocks as a team. Freshman defensive specialist Erin Fleming fired a career-best four aces to lead the charge from behind the line, while senior setter Angie McGinnis notched a team-high five total blocks.

"Not our best offensive day, but we did the little things to come up with the win," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "Erin Fleming had a terrific day serving the ball, and we made a lot of hustle plays today.

"It's never easy to win on the road in the SEC, and I was proud of the way we stepped up when we needed to today."

Rivers and Hampton were joined in double figures in the kill department by senior middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth, who chipped in with a dozen. Killingsworth also added four total blocks to become just the fifth player in school history with 1,000 kills and 300 blocks for her career.

Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Elyse Cusack posted a season-high 29 digs, marking her 12th-career match with at least 20. Rivers completed her double-double with a career-best tying 10 digs. McGinnis handed out 49 assists in the win, while also killing six balls on .400 hitting.

UF returns to the O'Connell Center for the first time in nearly three weeks on Friday when it faces Kentucky at 7 p.m.

SOCCER: No. 15 Florida (4-4-2, 0-2 SEC) lost 2-0 to No. 10 Tennessee (7-1-1, 2-0 SEC) on the road. It's the first time in the program's 13-year history that Florida has opened league play with two losses.

Florida continues SEC Eastern Division play when it hosts Vanderbilt (3-5-2, 0-1-1 SEC) at 8 p.m. Friday.

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