Sept. 9, 2003
Florida Atlantic University's volleyball team dropped three straight games to Florida International University by the score of 30-27 on Tuesday night. With the 3-0 victory the Golden Panthers improve to 4-1, while the Owls fall to 1-6. FIU posted a higher hitting percentage with six more blocks, while FAU completed the match with five more digs than its opponent.
Both teams struggled in game one as neither team hit over .100, but FIU's six blocks helped give the Golden Panthers the advantage.
Right side hitter, Jennifer Owens pulled out the second game win for Florida International. With the game tied at 27, the senior from Miami connected on three straight kills for the win. Owens finished with 11 kills and a .320 hitting percentage to lead FIU.
After tying game three at 14-14 the Golden Panther led to the finish to close the all-time series record to 18-11.
Florida Atlantic was led by Abby Miner and Iana Andonova with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Krista Klawitter saw extensive action and picked up 12 digs along with Lindsey Bell. Klawitter, who is normally a setter, saw action on the outside due to a shortage of outside hitters.
The new lineup hampered the Owls' offense. "Our lineup is new and we had some system errors since we had some players out of position due to injuries," said head coach Jody Brown. "I thought Krista did a nice job tonight passing and playing defense. She normally does not get into a lot of passing drills in practice but she seemed confident."
FAU travels to the Coastal Carolina Tournament this weekend in Conway, SC. The Owls will take on Clemson, Wofford and Coastal Carolina in the two-day event.