Aug. 30, 2003
No. 15 Kansas State University (3-2) needed four games to defeat Florida Atlantic University Saturday afternoon at the FSU Invitational (30-17, 30-27, 27-30, 30-21). FAU got a slow start in the match but picked up momentum to pull out a game-three win.
The Owls led the Wildcats by seven at 20-13 in game two but saw KSU block two FAU attacks and Lauren Goehring added two of her match-high 14 kills as Kansas State tied the game at 23. The teams traded points before another Goehring kill broke a 27-27 tie and allowed KSU to take the game.
FAU (0-3) took an early 12-8 advantage in game three before the two teams went neck and neck. Jeana Boyle and Cayse Kaveny picked up one of FAU's five blocks to break a 25-25 tie and give FAU the advantage it needed to take game three as Giovana Milaneze (Sao Paulo, Brazil) picked up a kill from the right side. The senior finished with a team-leading .438 hitting percentage.
In the final game, the Owls ran out of steam as the Wildcats led wire to wire.
"We started to get comfortable with each other and I was really happy with the way we played," stated head coach Jody Brown. "Our blocking and defense definitely got better as we progressed."