VOLLEYBALL: Gators win St. John's Classic

QUEENS, N.Y. – Junior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) finished with 26 kills, while senior Sherri Williams (Orlando) added 16 kills and eight blocks as No. 12 Florida rallied from a 2-1 deficit in defeating Towson 3-2 (27-30, 30-26, 28-30, 30-15, 15-8) to win the St. John's Classic Saturday evening at Carnesecca Arena.

Florida (27-4) won its 53rd match in its last 61 non-conference contests and improved to 3-3 this season in five-game matches. Towson (25-8), the Colonial Athletic Association champions, didn't make it easy for the Gators, but Florida did finish with more kills (70-62), digs (95-81) and blocks (17.0-5.0), while the Gators outhit Towson .246-.108.

Florida trailed the Tigers 8-7 in game five, but scored the final eight points of the match behind the serve or freshman Marcie Hampton (Gainesville). Williams and Collymore had a pair of kills in the stretch, while Hampton added a pair of aces.

"What we learned today is that it doesn't matter how big or small of a team you are if you can play the game," Florida coach Mary Wise said. " I thought Towson would give us trouble and they certainly did today. Now, we're just looking forward to the announcement of the NCAA field tomorrow."

Williams was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Collymore was also named to the All-Tournament team.

Collymore entered Florida's all-time top 10 for career kills with her performance as she now has 1,056 in her career. Collymore also added 11 digs and five total blocks, including four solo blocks. Freshman setter Angie McGinnis (Fraser, Mich.) fared well for the Gators as she had a double-double with 57 assists and 15 digs with five kills and four blocks. Senior Lauren Moscovic (Stockton, Calif.) moved into seventh place in school history for career digs after finishing with a career-high 23, while junior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) also added 23 digs.

Florida will await its fate in the NCAA Championship with the selection show set to air Sunday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. on ESPNews. Florida has made the NCAA Championship in each of the last 13 seasons and has hosted at least the opening round every year since 1991. For updated information on Florida in the NCAA Championship Sunday evening, log on to www.GatorZone.com

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