Oct. 1, 2002
The Florida Atlantic University offense came in spurts, particularly in games two and four as the Owls were defeated by the 2001 Atlantic Sun Champion, University of Central Florida in FAU's fourth five-game match of the season. Giovana Milaneze entered the match in game two and tallied 12 kills and 15 digs, both were career highs.
FAU (7-11, 2-1 A-Sun) got off to a slow start in game one and was not able to recover until game two after winning the first point. The Owls took their first lead of the match at 1-0 on an Abby Miner kill. A six point run behind the serving of Miner (Largo, FL) gave FAU an early 10-3 lead. Florida Atlantic would take their largest lead of the game at 14-7 on a kill by Giovana Milaneze. UCF fought back to tie the game at 20 before two aces from Milaneze and four kills from Miner sealed the game.
The Owls carried the momentum into game three before UCF (8-9, 3-0 A-Sun) took control and dominated the Owl defense. The Knights went on a 16-4 run to finish out the game behind Leyre Santaella Sante who posted 22 kills on the night.
The Knights led in game four before a kill by senior Jessica Kahn (Apopka, FL) tied the game at 20. The teams traded points before tying it at 29. A UCF hitting error and Kahn kill on an overpass moved the match into the fifth game.
For the fourth time UCF jumped out to the lead before three service points by Danyielle Smith brought the Owls to within 4-5 before the Owls were able to tie the game at 11 on a Iana Andonova kill. An ace by Danyielle Smith gave the visitors their first lead of the game and a UCF hitting error gave FAU a 13-11 cushion. The Knights controlled the next four points with kills from Cassy Kerner, Santaella Sante, and Kristen Dell before a block assist gave the Knights the 30-17, 26-30, 30-18, 29-31, 15-13 victory.
Florida Atlantic will travel to the Mercer University and Georgia State University on Friday and Saturday as the Owls continue conference play.