SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2005
Volleyball falls in three to Florida Atlantic
Oct. 29, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville volleyball team had its 16-match winning streak in Atlantic Sun Conference play snapped in a 3-0 loss to Florida Atlantic on Saturday at Swisher Gymnasium.
Petya Borisova and Eva Stoilova led the Dolphins (11-13, 6-1 A-Sun) with double-double performances. Borisova had a team-high 12 kills to go along with 15 digs with Stoilova racking up 11 kills and a team-high 16 digs.
The Dolphins were plagued by service and ball-handling errors. JU has 13 service errors and at least six points on ball-handling errors.
"Obviously we're disappointed with the loss," said JU head coach Kevin Paul. "We made a lot of mistakes that FAU was able to take advantage of and we were unable to take advantage of our opportunities."
The heavyweights of the A-Sun opened the match exactly like a prize fight, feeling each other out. The Owls took advantage of JU's mistakes, tallying only 11 kills in the game to JU's 12, but struck the first blow of the match with a 30-24 win.
Game two saw the JU offense come alive, racking up 20 kills and hitting .255, but FAU was able to win the points when they mattered most. After coming back to take a 28-27 lead, JU never was able to get a game point as the Owls rallied to win the game 32-30.
FAU's offense was missing in game two, as the Owls only had 11 kills and had a .154 hitting percentage.
With momentum squarely on their side, the Owls took an early in game three and never looked back. The Owls racked up 22 kill sin the game, hitting an impressive .365, while JU had 15 kills and hit .267 in the offensive grudge match.
The Dolphins gave up a 13-6 run midway through the game and that was all FAU needed to seal the match with a 30-20 win in game three.
Kelly Paiva led the Owls with 18 kills and seven digs. Makra Condill led FAU with 14 digs while Casey LaRocca dished out 37 assists.
Other JU standouts included Erin Donivans' 38 assists and nine digs while Katie Hendrian piled up five kills and 10 digs.
The Dolphins are back in action on Friday, Nov. 4, when they face Belmont at 7:30 p.m. in another key A-Sun match.