VOLLEYBALL: Gators win 32nd straight vs. KY

GAINESVILLE, Fla. * Sophomore opposite hitter Amber McCray (Longview, Texas) tallied a career-high 17.0 points and 15 kills on .636 hitting in leading No. 5 Florida to its 32nd straight victory against Kentucky 3-0 (30-22, 30-24, 30-27) Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 2,345 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Senior libero Rachel Engel (Littleton, Colo.) ended the contest with a match-high 23 digs as Florida (14-1, 4-0) won its 15th consecutive Southeastern Conference home opener under Mary Wise. The Gators finished with more kills (51-49), digs (63-57), aces (4-2) and total blocks (8.5-8.0), while out-hitting Kentucky (9-5, 2-2) .294-.160.

"This was a good, well-played, hard-earned win to beat this team 3-0," Florida coach Mary Wise said. "Amber was pretty solid today. What I loved about her performance even more than the 15 kills was the four blocks. You've got to give credit to Kentucky - their staff is going a great job. I think they can win a lot of matches because of the play of their seniors."

Engel's 23 digs marked the 14th 20-dig match of her career. Senior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Engelwood, Colo.) picked up three service aces to move into fifth in UF history for career aces with 150. Sophomore outside hitter Marcie Hampton (Gainesville, Fla.) also fared well for the Gators with 10 kills, nine digs and a pair of blocks.

Florida returns to action Friday, Oct. 7 when the Gators host Tennessee at 4 p.m. at the O'Connell Center. The match will be broadcast on Sun Sports as well as WRUF-AM 850 and www.GatorZone.com.


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