Cintia Nightingale tied her career high with 26 digs on Wednesday night.
Oct. 3, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL (October 3, 2012) - The Florida Atlantic University volleyball team lost to rival FIU in five sets (25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-10) on Wednesday night.
The match had a defensive minded tone from the outset as the Owls (4-11, 0-5 Sun Belt) hit .099, while the Panthers (5-13, 2-3) hit just .128. The teams combined for 178 digs (92-86) and 32 total blocks (17-15) with the Panthers held a slight advantage in both categories.
Cintia Nightingale tied her career high with 26 digs, with Thacilli Pereira (17) and Gabriella Pyle (13) also with double-digit digs. On the offensive side, Darija Sataric led the Owls with a career-high 17 kills, while Pereira added 10.
The first set featured six ties, with the final one coming at 16-16. At that point, the Panthers went on a 5-1 run to take a 21-17 lead on their way to a 25-20 win. In the second set, it was FAU's turn to have a run. Blocking provided four points during a 12-3 Owls' run that staked them to a 17-8 lead. The margin grew to as many as 10, with FAU eventually tying the match with a 25-17 win.
In set three, the Owls trailed 21-18 late when Sataric pounded three kills and a block assist as part of a 7-2 rally to take the set 25-23 and put FAU ahead two sets to one. Sara Stoll added a kill and an assist during the rally. The pivotal point in the fourth set came when FAU trailed by just two points at 9-7. The Panthers then took six of the next eight points to gain firm control on the set, eventually winning the set 25-20 to force a fifth set.
The Panthers got out to a fast start, charging out to an 8-0 lead. FAU answered with a surge of its own, cutting the deficit to three on three separate occasions, before the Panthers were able to close out the set and clinch the match.