Oct. 8, 2004
Florida Atlantic University's volleyball team improved to 2-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference play as it defeated Gardner-Webb University in straight games on Friday night in Boiling Springs, NC. With the win, the Owls tied their longest winning streak of the season at six matches.
FAU (12-2, 2-0 A-Sun) jumped out to the 18-10 advantage in the opener and kept the Lady Bulldogs at bay over the remainder of the game, taking the 30-20 win.
Ashley Pridgeon racked up six kills in 12 attempts with just one error (.417%) and Deshay Duddy posted two kills and three service aces to lead GWU's charge.
Gardner-Webb (4-16, 0-4 A-Sun) fell behind early in the second frame as block assists by FAU's Cayse Kaveny and Janelle Sarauw gave the Owls the 10-3 edge. The lead grew to 18-6 with a kill by Courtenay Kiebert, and FAU went on to grab the 30-9 win.
Florida Atlantic tried to get off to another quick start in the third game, but a kill by Elizabeth Maxwell brought GWU to within three at 8-5. The Lady Bulldogs then closed to within two after an ace by Maggie Cornwall and a FAU lift made it an 11-9 score in favor of the Owls.
FAU answered Gardner-Webb's charge with a 7-1 run, putting GWU in an 18-10 hole. The `Dogs swung right back, answering FAU's rally with a 7-0 spurt of their own to draw to within one point at 18-17. The teams went stride for stride for the next several points until a kill by Deshay Duddy cut Florida Atlantic's lead to 25-23.
GWU would get no closer from that point on, as FAU slammed the door with a 5-1 rally and won the game 30-24.
Andonova paced the FAU attack with 12 kills (.455%) and five blocks. Bell and Kaveny followed with seven kills each. Bell finished with a .538 hitting percentage with no errors and added 10 digs. Kiebert connected on 31 assists and Makra Condill contributed 15 digs.
Pridgeon led the way for GWU with 10 kills (.261%) while Duddy added six kills and four aces. Cornwall scooped up a team-high 13 digs and Audra Harrison added five kills and 11 digs.
FAU travels to Campbell University on Saturday to face the Camels in the final match of the conference road swing.