No. 8 Florida VB Claims Pair Of Wins At Aquafina

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 8 University of Florida volleyball team battled a pair of tough teams in Dayton and Missouri State and came away with two wins on the opening day of the Aquafina Volleyball Invitational Friday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

In the opening match of the day, the Gators defeated Dayton 3-0 (30-25, 30-26, 30-16) before taking down Missouri State 3-0 (30-20, 30-21, 30-23) before a crowd of nearly 2,000 fans Friday evening.

"We came away with a pair of wins against two good teams today," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "We're still showing signs that it's early in the season, but any time you get wins you have to be pleased. We're looking forward to a very challenging matchup with UCSB tomorrow - they're a great team and it's going to make for some exciting volleyball."

In the contest against Missouri State, senior Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) registered a match-high 18 kills, and added two aces to move her to ninth in school history, while sophomore Kisya Killingsworth (Deltona, Florida) cruised past her career high in kills with 11. Killingsworth also recorded a career high six block assists and blazed to a career high .733 hitting percentage. Collymore's match-high 20.5 points guided the Gators to their third win of the season in straight games.

In the opening match of the day, freshman Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) posted a match-high 13 kills Junior Stefanie Douglas, (Belton, Texas) also had a stellar match as she was just one shy of her career best for kills as she tallied 10 on .375 hitting. Junior Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) added 20 digs, while Collymore added eight kills and 14 digs.

In other action, No. 15 UCSB def. Missouri State 3-2 (25-30, 29-31, 30-25, 30-27, 18-16) after taking down Dayton in the evening, 3-0 (30-17, 30-15, 30-28).

The Gators return to the O'Connell Center to complete the two day tournament Saturday when they play No. 15 UC-Santa Barbara in the final match of the Aquafina Volleyball Invitational. Missouri State plays Dayton in Saturday's first match at 1 p.m. with the Gators' match scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's UCSB match will be webcast on www.GatorZone.com. Due to the heavy traffic flow for the Gator football opener at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at 6 p.m., there will be a shuttle service available from the Oaks Mall. The shuttle will begin service at 2:30 p.m. from Macy's and will drop fans off at the O'Connell Center.


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