Volleyball defeats Georgia, 3-1

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) posted the fourth triple-double in school history on Friday night to lead the sixth-ranked University of Florida volleyball team to a 3-1 (22-30, 30-24, 30-20, 30-16) win over Georgia in front of 3,764 fans at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The win opened the Southeastern Conference slate for the Gators, marking the 17th year in a row that they have opened league play with a win.

The only player in Florida history ever to record a triple-double, McGinnis handed out a match-high 46 assists to go with a career-best 11 kills and 15 digs, marking the fourth of her career. She also added an ace and four block assists to the Florida effort, and finished the match with a career-high 14.0 points.

“Georgia is a much improved team, and it took everything we had to get the win out there tonight,” Florida head coach Mary Wise said. “Starting slow on our home court is a concern, and something that we will have to address. Though she didn’t hit for as high of a percentage as she would have liked, Angie McGinnis really led us to this win with outstanding all-around play.”

UF (8-0) improved to 42-0 against Georgia during Wise’s tenure, and improved its winning streak in SEC regular-season matches at home to 18 contests. The Orange and Blue tallied 14.0 blocks as a team, reaching double figures for the fourth match in a row, while holding UGA (9-2) to .127 hitting percentage. Florida’s defensive effort held the Bulldogs’ Maria Taylor, the SEC leader in kills per game heading into the match with an average of 5.39, to just 10 kills and an efficiency rating of-.065.

UF senior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (12-Gainesville, Fla.) makes an attack during the Gators’ 3-1 with against the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Senior outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) posted the 32nd double-double of her career in the victory, tallying 15 kills and 19 digs, while tying her personal-best with five assists. Hampton’s dig total moved her past former UF great Meg (Fitzgerald) Colado for sixth on the school’s career list, as she concluded the match with 1,172 to her credit.

Senior middle blocker Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Fla.) reached double figures in kills for the third-straight match with 11 on the night, while senior opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) turned in 15 against the Bulldogs to break the double-digit mark for the second match in a row. Killingsworth added seven blocks assists on the night, while sophomore middle blocker Kristina Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) chipped in with five. Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Elyse Cusack

(Melrose, Fla.) collected 21 digs in the win, marking her second-consecutive match, and the 10th of her career, with at least 20.

The Gators will wrap up the opening weekend of SEC play against Auburn on Sunday at the O’Connell Center. Action is slated to begin at 1:30 p. m. EST, and the call can be heard on WRUF-AM 850, as well as www. GatorZone. com. GatorVision Online subscribers can also view the match live via the Internet.

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