Danyielle Smith recorded a career-high seven aces in the conference win.
Oct. 26, 2002
A career afternoon for three Lady Owls led to an exciting five-game victory for Florida Atlantic University over Atlantic Sun member Troy State University Saturday afternoon 30-21, 24-30, 30-32, 30-29, 16-14. FAU won the final two games to pull out their eighth A-Sun victory and improve their record to 13-12, 8-2 A-Sun. TSU falls to 16-9 and 6-3 in conference play.
The match started with both teams battling back and forth and tying the game at 11. FAU then went on a five point run behind the serving of Giovana Milaneze (Lake Worth, FL). The Lady Owls finished off the game with a 14-10 run as Danyielle Smith served three straight aces to give FAU the early advantage. Smith finished with a career-high seven aces. Iana Andonova hit 1.00 in the first game as she posted six kills on her way to a career-high 18 kills.
Troy State's defense came alive in game two as they picked up 19 digs. Rachel Hassan became the go-to player for the Trojan offense as she connected on eight of her match-high 25 kills. FAU battled back in game three and took a 29-27 advantage on a Andonova kill on an overpass. TSU tied the game at 29 before FAU scored on an Abby Miner kill down the line. The Trojans used a kill from Krysten Zaporski and Haven Triboulet to take the game.
Faced with a must win situation in game four, FAU out blocked the Trjoans 4-0 and took the lead for good at 5-4 to move into a fifth game. The Owls jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the deciding game behind two kills from Lindsey Bell. TSU fought back with a 7-2 run to go ahead 7-6. A controversial call gave FAU the ball and momentum back. They seemed to have the match in check as they went ahead 13-11 but a serving error and a Haven Triboulet kill tied the game at 13. The squads traded points before an Andonova kill on a back three gave FAU a 15-14 advantage. The lead gave Giovana Milaneze the opportunity to win the game with a kill from the left side.
TSU had two players finish with a match-high 25 kill. Haven Triboulet finished with a .373 hitting percentage to add to Rachel Hassen's .298 percentage.
FAU will face their first nonconference opponent in over five weeks as they take on the University of Miami in Boca Raton on Tuesday. The match is set to begin at 7 pm.