Katarina Stepanovic had 16 kills on Friday.
Sept. 27, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - For the second match in a row, the Florida Atlantic University volleyball team was able to force a decisive fifth set. Unlike the previous match, the Owls' rally came up short as they lost to Marshall in five sets (25-17, 19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13) on Friday night.
FAU (7-6, 0-1 Conference USA) was able to send the match to a fifth set by winning set number four 25-23. In that set, Katarina Stepanovic and Kristi Tekavec had five kills each without committing an attack error.
The Owls got off to a rocky start in the first set, as they had seven attack errors and three service errors. That allowed the Thundering Herd (7-9, 1-0) to take a 25-17 victory. FAU then found their rhythm, maintaining a healthy lead throughout the second set. FAU outhit the Thundering Herd .378 to .222 in the set, led by Stepanovic's perfect 1.000 hitting percentage (5-0-5). Set number three was hotly contested, with eight ties and five lead changes. The final tie came at 19-19, before Marshall won four points in a row, on the way to a 25-21 win.
In the fifth set, FAU led by four points on a couple of occasions, but the Thundering Herd rallied to tie, ultimately winning the set and the match, 15-13.
Stepanovic had a career high 16 kills, while Alessia Pizzoccheri recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 16 digs.