Aug. 29, 2003
Florida Atlantic University's volleyball team opened the 2003 season on Friday afternoon at the FSU Invitational as the Lady Owls dropped two matches to Florida State University and the University of Michigan in the first day of action. In Kelly Paiva's debut for the Owls, she produced 26 kills and 22 digs in two matches to lead FAU.
Florida State (1-0) continued its dominance over the Owls as it increased its series lead to 9-0 defeating FAU 30-21, 30-22, 30-21. FAU spotted FSU a five-point lead in game one as Kristen Rust collected three of her match-high 15 kills. In game two, FAU (0-2) fell behind early again 4-0 but managed to take the lead at 16-15. The two teams would rally and tie the game at 17 before allowing the Seminoles a six-point run to go ahead 23-17 and finish out the match.
In the third game FAU scored the first point and managed to stay ahead at 6-5 before Florida State took over and hit .500 in the game compared to FAU's .207.
Paiva (Minas Gerais, Brazil) posted 10 kills in her first match as an Owl, while Abby Miner (Largo, FL) led the squad defensively with seven digs. Jeana Boyle ran the offense and dished out 27 assists.
Against the University of Michigan, Paiva guided Florida Atlantic to a four-game match with the Wolverines. Paiva posted a double-double with 16 kills and 18 digs, a match-high.
After replaying the first point of the match, FAU went ahead 3-0 and managed to increase the lead to 15-11. Michigan fought back to tie the game at 22-22 and took the lead for good on a Jennifer Gandolph kill. Gandolph hit .464 for the match and was second on the Michigan squad with 15 kills.
Michigan used the momentum to go up early in game two 9-4, but it was FAU's turn to claw its way back. FAU tied the game at 21 on a Lauren McHugh (Lighthouse Point, FL) service ace and the two teams battled back and forth until a Jeana Boyle (Boca Raton, FL) service ace at 27-27 put the Owls ahead for good.