Oct. 16, 2004
Florida Atlantic University's volleyball team escaped with a 3-2 (30-26, 30-19, 24-30, 30-24, 15-13) victory over Belmont University on Saturday afternoon at FAU Gym. The Owls remain undefeated in Atlantic Sun Conference play and improve to 15-4, 5-0 A-Sun, while the Bruins fall to 15-5, 5-2 A-Sun.
After a tough five-game loss last night to UCF, the Bruins came out sluggish and dropped the first two games. FAU's Cayse Kaveny (Cupertino, CA) came out strong as she collected seven kills in 10 attempts in the first game. She would finish the match with a match-high 22 kills and a .409 hitting percentage to go along with a career-high nine blocks.
In game two, the teams battled to a 13-13 tie before Courtenay Kiebert stepped back to serve. The setter from Hope, ID rattled off four straight points including two service aces to take the 17-14 lead. FAU took advantage of the Bruins offense which broke down and only managed a .050 hitting percentage with 10 attacking and five service errors. FAU picked up four blocks in the game and finished with a season-high 12 blocks.
FAU looked to close out the match in three games and had the game tied at 24 before the Bruins went on a six-point run to close out the game. Josie Hackworth served the last six points and saw Erin Janson hit her 12 kill of the match to win the team's first game.
After taking a 3-0 lead in game four, the Bruins dropped the next eight points to the Owls with Iana Andonova (Margate, FL) adding three service aces. The junior had six aces on the afternoon. After rallying to a 19-19 tie, Belmont's Erin Janson recorded a kill from Colleen Nislon to take the lead for good and force a fifth game.
FAU fell behind early again in game five and trailed 2-6 before Kaveny ended four plays in a six-point run with kills. FAU never trailed again and ended the match on a Kelly Paiva kill. Paiva finished with 16 kills and 18 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
Both setters finished with double-doubles. Kiebert completed the match with 55 assists and 12 digs, while BU's Nilson finished with 60 assists and 10 digs. Bruins' libero Brittany Card finished with a match-high 20 digs.
FAU is back on the road next weekend to face A-Sun members Mercer and Georgia State on Friday and Saturday.
Notes: FAU is 5-0 in five-game matches
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