Box Score - TU vs. Ball State (PDF)
Box Score - TU vs. North Carolina (PDF)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Against two opponents with a combined record of 18-6, the Temple volleyball team suffered two 3-0 losses to conclude play at the Tar Heel Classic. The Owls (2-10) lost to Ball State (9-2) and North Carolina (9-4) to wrap up the fourth of four early season tournaments.
Temple will play one more non-conference match at Princeton on Sept. 22 before wiping the slate clean as Atlantic 10 play begins next weekend.
The Cardinals of Ball State won the first match of the day by scores of 25-20, 25-18 and 25-22. Elyse Burkert recorded a team-high 10 kills for the Owls, while Ariel Pierre tallied a team-high 15 digs.
For her strong performances all weekend, Pierre was named to the Tar Heel Classic All-Tournament Team. She averaged an impressive 5.20 digs per set over the Owls' three matches.
The two teams finished with identical numbers in kills and blocks, and nearly the same in digs, but Temple's extra hitting errors and service errors gave Ball State the edge in every set.
The first set had seven total ties, but Ball State picked up the pace after the final tie at 19-19. The Cardinals knocked down five kills in the final seven points of the set to close on a 6-1 run.
Temple stayed with Ball State through half of the second set before a string of errors put the Owls in a hole and eventually led to the Cardinals taking a 2-0 lead in the match. The third set was the closest of the match, and was tied at 23-23 before the Cardinals took the final three points with two kills and an error on Temple.
Pierre was the defensive leader again in the Owls' loss to UNC, but offensively TU struggled and lost by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-17.
The Tar Heels pulled away early in each of the first two sets and held off the Owls the rest of the way. In the third set Temple stayed close until the midway point, but with the Owls down 12-11, UNC rattled off five straight points and never looked back.
Temple's match at Princeton on Wednesday, Sept. 22 is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. Next weekend the Owls begin conference play with matches at Rhode Island and Fordham.