Oct. 9, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University volleyball team lost a hard fought match to Florida Gulf Coast in five sets (24-26, 25-24, 19-25 25-19, 15-10) on Tuesday night.
The first set foreshadowed the match to come as it featured 20 ties and eight lead changes, with neither team holding a lead larger than two points at any time. The score was tied at 24 when Jelena Jovanovic assisted on consecutive kills by Alessia Pizzoccheri and Ivana Bulajic to take the set.
FGCU (7-10) quickly tied the match with a convincing 25-14 lead in the second set. Set number three was tied when Chelsey Tekavec served the Owls (9-9) out to a 17-13 lead. The Eagles never got closer than three points the rest of the way and FAU took a two sets to one lead.
The fourth set was similar to the second as FGCU seized control early on and eventually won 25-19 to force a decisive fifth set. In In the fifth set, the Eagles led 3-1 and 6-4, with FAU rallying to tie the score on both occasions. However, at that point FGCU reeled off six straight points on its way to a 15-10 win.
Kristi Tekavec had a team high 14 kills, one of four Owls in double figures. Jelena Jovanovic had 40 assists and 14 digs while Pizzoccheri had 10 kills and 13 digs. FAU will return home to host Tulsa on Friday. The match starts at 7 p.m. and live stats and live video will be available at www.fausports.com.