Sept. 10, 2002
In a grueling 2 ? hour match, Florida Atlantic University (3-6) defeated in-state rival Florida International (3-4) in a five-game match 18-30, 32-30, 25-30, 32-30, 15-10. FAU avenges two losses to the Panthers last season.
The Owls came out flat as FIU quickly took game one. FAU came out ready in game two as they went on an 8-1 run. The Panthers did not give up as they fought back to tie the game at 20. The Panthers made a run but FAU showed poise as they came back from a 29-27 deficit. Danyielle Smith collected one of her team-high 16 kills and an FIU hitting error tied the game at 29. Two additional kills by Smith and an Abby Miner game winning shot from the left side evened the match at one. Miner finished the game with a match-high 21 digs.
Florida Atlantic jumped out to the lead in every game but was not able to capitalize again in the third game as FIU tied it at 23 and then went on a 7-2 run.
Game four was another thriller as FAU went on a five-point run to tie it at 29 to prolong the match. Trailing 29-25, freshman Makra Condill served five points behind three FIU hitting errors along with a Miner and Jeana Boyle kill to send the game into extra points. A Jessica Kahn kill gave FAU the 31-30 lead before Lindsey Bell sealed the game with a cross court kill from the left side. Bell did not start the match but made a huge impact off of the Owl bench. Bell, a sophomore from Colorado Spring, CO, collected nine kills and nine digs.
In the deciding game, FAU had the early momentum as the team jumped out to an 8-0 lead before changing sides. Jeana Boyle had two of her game-high five service aces during the run. Florida International used the brief pause to gather confidence as they made a comeback. They cut the lead to four, 12-8. Lindsey Bell added two points with kills from the left side before Danyielle Smith finished out the match with a deep shot to the left side.
Nirvana Kos who had 23 kills and a .364 average led Florida International.
Florida Atlantic University will host its second tournament of the season this weekend when they play Xavier, Bethune-Cookman, Stetson and Georgia Southern. Matches begin at 10 am and will run throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.