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Women's Volleyball

Volleyball Closes Play in The American on Friday at ECU

PHILADELPHIA -- Temple Volleyball closes the American Athletic Conference season on Friday, traveling to East Carolina for a 1:00 p.m. match-up with the Pirates. 

Temple volleyball sent its seniors out on top with a huge 3-2 (18-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-12) Senior Day comeback victory over conference-champion SMU on Sunday. It was the final home match of the 2015 season for the Owls, who snapped the Mustangs' 16-match win streak with the victory.
     Offensively, the Owls had four players with double-digit kills, including Irem Asci who led all players with 24 kills. Asci posted a double-double by adding 21 digs.  Tyler Davis (14 kills), Kirsten Overton (11 kills) and Halle McCullough (12 kills) all aided the Temple attack.
    Sandra Sydlik also posted a double-double with 58 assists and 14 digs, while classmates Alyssa Drachslin and Kayla Yingling led the defense. Drachslin led the team with a career-high 36 digs, while Yingling added 13 digs in the win.

Temple sophomore Irem Asci earned a spot on the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. 
    Asci led Temple to three wins in three matches, recording 4.83 kills and 3.17 digs per set. Against UConn, the outside racked up 17 kills and added eight digs and two aces, as Temple won, 3-1. Against Tulsa, Asci again had 17 kills, this time, hitting .270 with nine digs. Wrapping up the week, she hammered 24 kills and added 21 digs to notch a double-double as Temple upset conference champion, SMU, 3-2. In that match, she accounted for over a set's worth (26.5) of points, to lead all players. For the week, Asci averaged 19.3 kills and 12.7 digs per match in the Owl victories.

Temple is 23-8 overall with a 14-5 mark in The American. The Owls head into Friday's contest riding a six-match win streak.    
    Sophomore Irem Asci leads the Owls with 3.67 kills per set, while junior Tyler Davis (2.83) and sophomore Izzy Rapacz (2.62) also bolster the Temple attack. Junior Kirsten Overton leads the team in hitting percentage, attacking at a .404 clip, while also averaging 2.48 kills per set. Senior Sandra Sydlik has dished out 11.29 assists per set.
    Defensively, senior Alyssa Drachslin has racked up 562 total digs, averaging 5.02 per set. Overton leads the Owl blockers, with 98 total, while sophomore Janine Simmons has 86 and Rapacz has 78.

ECU is 12-18 overall with 5-14 mark in The American. The Pirates are fresh of a 3-2 win over UConn on Wednesday.
    Sophomore Ashton Mares leads the Pirate offense and ranks eighth in the American with an average of 3.11 kills per set. Junior Sabrina Gonzalez averages 8.86 assists per set, while senior Erika Figueroa is among the conference and national leaders with 5.10 digs per set.
As a team, East Carolina is averaging 12.02 kills, 11.04 assists, 1.06 aces, 16.25 digs and 1.82 blocks while hitting .195 over 111 sets. 

Temple is 3-0 all-time against ECU.
    Last year, Temple took both meetings, winning 3-0 at East Carolina and 3-1 at home. In their earlier meeting, the Owls topped the Pirates 3-1 at McGonigle Hall.

Temple hits a conference-best .260, while leading The American in kills per set (14.38). The Owls are also second in assists per set (13.32). 
    Individually, Overton leads The American in hitting percentage (.404), while Asci is fifth in the conference in kills per set (3.67). Sydlik's 11.29 assists per set rank her second in the conference, while Drachslin is fourth in the conference in digs, averaging 5.02 per set.
Temple appears in the top-30 in three national stat categories this week. Temple is 14th in the nation in kills per set (14.38) and 22nd in assists per set (13.32). Additionally, the Owls rank 30th in hitting percentage (.260).
    Individually, Sydlik is 19th in Division I in assists per set (11.29), while Overton ranks 22nd in the nation in hitting percentage (.404).

The Owls reached the 20-win milestone for the second-straight season under head coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam. Prior to 2014, the last time a Temple team recorded a 20-win season was the 2005 campaign. Dating back to 1975, the Owls now own 24 20-win seasons in the program's history.

Senior Sandra Sydlik earned the 3,000th assist of her career in Temple's November 6th match against Tulane. She became just the sixth player in Temple history to accomplish that feat. 

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