Sept. 14, 2002
Florida Atlantic University (5-8) fell in the championship match of the Marriott Boca Bash to Xavier University (6-4). Danyielle Smith led the Owls with 21kills, one short of her career-high. The Owls loss was the second match of the day. Earlier on Saturday the squad defeated Bethune-Cookman College (3-7) for the 22nd time in as many meetings.
Against B-CC, FAU held a hitting percentage of .415 in game one, the second highest game this season. The squad tallied 22 kills and only five errors as they took the game 30-26. FAU jumped out to a quick 14-7 lead but B-CC rallied back to bring it within one at 22-21. Freshman, Iana Andonova (Margate, FL) collected seven of her match-high 14 kills in game one. Fellow middle blocker Jessica Kahn also collected seven.
FAU continued to hold the Wildcats in check as they defeated the team 30-19 in game three. B-CC was led by 10 kills and 15 digs from Jafna Davies.
In the championship match, the Musketeers could not keep Danyielle Smith in check as she hit .415 with 21 kills in 41 chances. The Xavier defense was just too much for the rest of the FAU offense as three Musketeers tallied double-digit digs.
Krista Klawitter entered at the end of game one to give the team a spark as she accumulated 18 assists. The Owls won game two of the four-game match as they out-hit their opponents .283 to .219.
FAU only led for two points in the next twos games as Xavier took the match 30-27, 27-30, 30-18, 30-26.
FAU is usually a team that starts slow at the beginning of the season. "We are not afraid to take a few losses if it helps us later in season," stated head coach Jody Brown. The Owls are getting ready for conference play that begins September 27.
Named to the All-Tournament Team were Kira Smedley from Stetson, Georgia Southern's Lauren McClain, Jovanne Johnson from Bethune-Cookman, Lauren McHugh from FAU, Molly Martin and Meggie Hoffman from Xavier. Hoffman was named the MVP of the tournament.