Aug 30, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University volleyball team split the first day of its season-opening tournament on Friday.
FAU defeated Southeastern Louisiana in straight sets (28-26, 25-16, 25-17) in its first match of the day. The Owls sped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but the Lions rallied to tie the score at 7-7. FAU took five of the next six points to regain the advantage, but SLU once again fought back to tie the set, this time at 17. The score was tied at 21 when a scoring spurt by the Lions gave them two chances to clinch the set, but back to back kills by Ivana Bulajic and Jennifer St. Sume knotted the score at 24. The Owls had a set point of their own, but a service error brought the two teams back to even at 26. However, Kristi Tekavec and Liene Mellupe had kills on consecutive points to clinch the set for FAU.
In the second set, the Owls and Lions were tied at 10 when FAU went on a 7-3 run to take the lead, SLU managed to pull within two points at 18-16, but went scoreless the rest of the way as FAU took the second set 25-16. St. Sume and Tekavec had two kills each during the decisive run.
The decisive rally came early on in the third set, as FAU took five straight points to build a seven point advantage and were never threatened the rest of the way. Bulajic, St. Sume and Tekavec all had double-digit kills in the win.
The Owls (1-1) lost to Jacksonville in four sets (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20) in their second match of the day. FAU lost despite Kristi Tekavec narrowly missing a double-double (nine kills, 12 digs) and 11 kills from Alessia Pizzoccheri. Brianne Wojciakowski had five kills in her first collegiate match.
FAU outblocked the Dolphins 12.0-10.0 in the match, with St. Sume leading the way with six block assists. The first two sets were back and forth affairs down the stretch with each team taking a set before Jacksonville taking the last two sets 25-16 and 25-20.
The Owls will wrap up action at the FAU Invitational, hosted by Embassy Suites on Saturday when they play Bethune-Cookman at 3 p.m. Live stats and live video of the match will be available at www.fausports.com.