Nov. 21, 2003
Florida Atlantic University advanced to its eighth consecutive Atlantic Sun Tournament semifinal match on Friday evening. The Owls faced no. 1 seed and tournament host University of Central Florida. The Owls fought to move the match to four games before falling 22-30, 15-30, 30-28, 30-27 to conclude the season with a 13-16 record. The Golden Knights move on to the Championship match and improve to 21-6.
FAU (held the lead for one point in game one before the Golden Knights took control and forced the Owls to burn two early timeouts. After both breaks the Owls came out to score the opening point but then allowed their opponent to go on a run. After the second timeout at 19-24, the Knights closed out the game on a 6-2 run and finished the game off on an Emily Watts kill. UCF out hit Florida Atlantic .366 to .143.
FAU's offense did not break out of its funk in the second game as the team tallied 10 kills and 10 errors and saw UCF hit .417 behind five kills from Emily Watts.
The Owls kept their season alive by winning game three after picking up five blocks. Cayse Kaveny (Cupertino, CA), Abby Miner (Largo, FL) and Giovana Milaneze (Sao Paulo, Brazil) each added two blocks in the game. Kaveny finished the night with a team-high five blocks.
After leading for most of the game, Florida Atlantic fell behind 24-27 but an FAU timeout shifted the momentum as the Owls rattled off four straight points to take a 28-27 lead on a solo block by Lindsey Bell (Colorado Springs, CO), her first of the season. A kill by UCF's Tanya Jarvis tied it up before to errors by the Knights cost them the game.
Game four was just as exciting as the game was tied at 25. UCF then went on a three-point run and FAU followed it with two points of its own to bring the score to 28-27. Central Florida then finished off Florida Atlantic after a hitting error and a Emily Watts service ace.
Watts finished the night with 22 kills, 15 digs and 3 service aces to lead the Knights. Miner finished off her FAU career with 18 kills, while fellow senior Jeana Boyle added 51 assists to increase her FAU career assists record to 3,400. The libero, Makra Condill (Crystal Lake, IL) tallied a career-high 18 digs.
UCF advances to its fifth consecutive A-Sun final. The Golden Knights have advanced to the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons.
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