-- The Temple volleyball team combined to hit .320, as the Owls' offense out-did East Carolina, 3-1, on the road on Saturday. Temple grabbed the win with set scores of 25-15, 25-22, 26-28, and 25-15 to move to 13-6 overall, 6-3 in conference play. East Carolina saw it's three-match win streak snapped, as the Pirates fall to 13-6 overall, 3-6 in The American.
Four Temple players had eight or more kills, while hitting over .320 to lead the Owls to victory. Temple held East Carolina to a .222 attack, while also holding a significant 52-38 advantage in digs.
The Owls got strong play from its middles, as junior Janine Simmons
and senior Kirsten Overton
combined for 17 kills. Simmons recorded nine winners, with just one error, hitting a massive .571 with three blocks. Overton finished with eight kills and a .429 attack. Juniors Izzy Rapacz
and Irem Asci
each tallied double-doubles in the match, with Rapacz notching 13 kills and 13 digs, and Asci adding 17 kills and 10 digs.
Junior Kyra Coundourides
distributed the offense with 51 assists, also adding eight digs. Senior Tyler Davis
finished the night with 10 kills and just one error, hitting .321. Wrapping up the box score, sophomore Mia Heirakuji
tallied 11 digs.
Temple got off to a hot start, hitting .429 in the first set. Trailing 8-7, the Owls used a 5-1 run to take over the lead at 12-9. East Carolina was able to get the lead back down to 13-11, but Temple got three-straight on kills from Rapacz and Asci and a block from Overton and Simmons to make it 16-11. The Owls then closed out the set on a 9-4 run to seal a 25-15 victory.
Set two was close throughout, with neither team taking more than a two-point edge, going back-and-forth until the frame was tied at 14-14. The teams traded leads three more times until ECU used a 4-1 run to go up 21-20. Temple answered with three-straight, including an ace from Heirakuji, which spurred a final run from the Owls, giving them a 25-22 victory.
East Carolina got one back in the third set, to cut the match lead to 2-1. It was another tight set, but Temple took control late, going up 22-18. Five-straight Pirates' points followed as the hosts took over the lead at 23-22. From there, it was tied twice more, before East Carolina got back-to-back kills to take the set, 28-26.
The Owls responded with their best effort of the night in the fourth set. Temple hit .652, racking up 16 kills with just one error on 23 attempts. After an early 3-3 tie, it was all Temple, as the Owls opened up a 12-4 advantage. ECU was unable to get the Temple lead under seven the rest of the set, as a kill from sophomore Carla Guennewig
ended the frame at 25-17, and the match at 3-2.
The Owls are back in action at Cincinnati on Sunday.
Box Score (PDF)