Oct. 6, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic University volleyball team rallied from two sets down to defeat Louisiana (21-25, 16-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-12) on Saturday night. The victory snapped a 23 match losing streak in Sun Belt play for the Owls.
After dropping the first two sets, FAU (5-11, 1-5 Sun Belt) came roaring out of the gates following the intermission and behind extended serving runs by Alessia Pizzocheri and Cintia Nightingale, had a whopping 16-3 lead in the third set. Louisiana (9-11, 1-4) managed to work its way back to within six at 18-12, but Chandler Hatton served the Owls back out to an 11-point lead, with FAU eventually taking the set 25-18. Sara Stoll and Darija Sataric both had five kills in the set for FAU.
Set four had a similar tone as the Owls built a 21-9 lead, with Hatton's serving once again helping pad the margin. This time, the Ragin' Cajuns were able to whittle the lead down to within seven, before FAU was able to shut the door and force a decisive fifth set with a 25-17 win.
The Owls had dig themselves out of a hole twice in the fifth set, trailing 3-1 and 7-4 before rallying to tie the score on both occasions. After FAU tied the score at 7-7, the teams would exchange the next ten points to tie the score at 12. At that point, Louisiana seemed to lose its composure, committing three straight attack errors to clinch the come from behind victory for the Owls.
FAU's victory comes 23 months to the day since its last Sun Belt win, a 3-0 decision over ULM on November 6, 2010. Defense was once again a key for the Owls, as four FAU played had double-digit digs, led by Nightingale's 15. Along the front line, Stoll led the Owls with 7.0 blocks. Offensively, Sataric had a match high 15 kills on the night, while Thacilli Pereira had her fifth double-double (12 kills, 11 digs) of the season.
The Owls finish their three match homestand on Monday night when they play Holy Cross at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.fausports.com or by calling 1-866-FAU-OWLS.