"It was a match where there were a lot of good numbers," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "We did some really good things tonight led by the performance of Kelsey Bowers. She put up numbers that we haven't seen since Benavia and that's exciting for our team."
The Gators out-hit the Mastadons .310-.000 and finished with more kills (44-31), aces (5-2), digs (59-37) and blocks (13.0-7.0) with UF's block total tying a season-high.
The Gators will return to action Saturday for the final day of the tournament. Eastern Michigan and IPFW will play at 3 p.m. with the Florida vs. UC Irvine match to follow at 5:30 p.m. The contest will be webcast on www.GatorZone.com.
Fans wishing to attend Florida's match who possess a ticket to the UF-Tennessee football game will be admitted free. Also, a parking shuttle from Macy's at the Oaks Mall will begin service at 4:30 p.m. and will transport fans to the O'Connell Center.
UC Irvine Def. Eastern Michigan 3-1 Lauren Kellerman led all players with 18 kills on .405 hitting, while teammate Amanda Vazquez added 16 kills on .556 hitting as UC-Irvine (5-5) defeated Eastern Michigan (5-3) in four games (30-20, 30-20, 19-30, 30-28) in the opening contest of the Campus USA Credit Union Classic.
The Anteaters finished with more kills (74-57), digs (92-71) and blocks (8.0-7.0), while out-hitting the Eagles .309-.186.
Lindsay Piccolini led Eastern Michigan with 12 kills on .312 hitting. Mike Vietti Assistant Sports Information Director University of Florida Office: (352) 375-4683 ext. 6120 Cell: (352) 538-1509 Home: (352) 278-0522 Fax: (352) 375-4809 www.gatorzone.com