Sept. 23, 2012
Sophomore Alessia Pizzoccheri had 22 kills and 22 digs, but it was not enough as the Florida Atlantic volleyball team lost in five sets (24-26, 30-28, 26-24, 15-25, 15-9) to UALR on Sunday. Both totals are career highs for Pizzoccheri.
The Owls (3-7, 0-2 Sun Belt) had contributions from a number of different players, as Chandler Hatton (16), Thacilli Pereira (15) and Darija Sataric (13) all had double figures in kills. Cintia Nightingale (18) and Gabriella Pyle (10) also added to a defensive effort that saw FAU outdig the Trojans 79-69. Jelena Jovanovic had a double-double of her own with 63 assists and 11 digs.
The first set was close throughout with neither team able to take more than a three-point lead in the set. The set featured 15 ties and eight lead changes. After a service error gave the Trojans (5-8, 2-0 Sun Belt) a set point at 24-23, kills by Pereira, Pizzoccheri and Hatton salvaged the set for the Owls.
UALR held control for most of the second set, leading by four on separate occasions. Trailing by three late in the set, the Owls scored four straight points to put themselves on the verge of a 2-0 lead. The Trojans, however, were able to fight off three set points and eventually rallied to take the set.
Set number three mirrored the first set as neither team could maintain control of the lead. The 13th and final tie of the set came on a Pizzoccheri kill to knot the score at 24, but UALR won the next two points to win the set.
FAU dominated the fourth set, leading by as many as a dozen (16-4). The lead shrunk in half late in the set (19-13), but the Owls triumphed to take the set and force a decisive fifth set. The fifth was tied at 3-3 when UALR took four of the next five points to earn at 7-4 lead. The Owls were unable to get closer than two the rest of the way and another late Trojan surge won the set and match 15-9.
FAU wraps up its three match homestand on Tuesday night when they play in-state rival Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.fausports.com or by calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS.