UF falls in region volleyball

Compiled from Times wires
Published December 9, 2006

GAINESVILLE - Florida junior Kisya Killingsworth tied for the match high with 16 kills, but strong serving propelled No. 8 seed Minnesota to a 3-1 win (23-30, 30-25, 21-30, 26-20) over the Gators on Friday night at the O'Connell Center.

The Gophers (26-7) advanced to the region final at 4 p.m. today and faces No. 1 seed Nebraska, which beat San Diego.

Florida (30-3) lost at home in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

"The difference in this match was how well Minnesota played, particularly their serving," Florida coach Mary Wise said.

"We had trouble with their serve all night. "

Junior outside hitter Marcie Hampton had a double double with 13 kills and 12 digs, while freshman libero Elyse Cusack tied for the match high with 23 digs.

Junior setter Angie McGinnis had 48 assists, six kills on .417 hitting and five digs. Sophomore middle blocker Kelsey Bowers recorded 10 kills five blocks and five digs.

Florida reached 30 wins for the 12th time in 16 seasons under Wise.

NEBRASKA 3, SAN DIEGO 0: The top-ranked and top-seeded Huskers (30-1) defeated the Toreros (26-6) in the opening match of the region in a 3-0 victory (30-21, 30-20, 30-15) in Gainesville.

Nebraska's Sarah Pavan paced all players with 15 kills on .500 hitting.

Kristen Carlson led San Diego with 10 kills and nine digs, while Christie Dawson and Laurel Abrahamson added seven kills each.