-- The Temple volleyball team has a pair of home matches this week, with the Owls hosting UConn on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and Memphis on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Both matches are at McGonigle Hall, with Wednesday's being tabbed a "White Out" with free t-shirts to the first fans in attendance. Friday's match will have a Hawaiian theme, with Island-themed giveaways.
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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAY
Temple rebounded from a home sweep suffered against USF and UCF to win a pair of matches on the road, the Owls topped East Carolina, 3-1, and swept Cincinnati, 3-0.
LAST TIME OUT: TEMPLE 3, CINCINNATI 0 (AMERICAN)
Temple swept league-leading Cincinnati on the road on Sunday, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20. The Owls held Cincinnati to just a .145 attack, racking up 8.5 blocks and 45 digs in the 3-0 sweep.
Junior Irem Asci
tallied 13 kills to lead the Owls, also adding 15 digs for her second-straight double-double. Senior Tyler Davis
and junior Izzy Rapacz
each picked up seven kills, with Rapacz adding nine digs and four blocks. Senior Kirsten Overton
went 5-0-11 on the day, hitting .455 with three blocks. Junior setter Kyra Coundourides
tallied 29 assists with five digs and four kills. Rounding out the box score, junior Janine Simmons
had two kills and four blocks, while sophomore Mia Heirakuji
had eight digs.
LAST TIME OUT: TEMPLE 3, EAST CAROLINA 1 (AMERICAN)
Temple hit .320 as a team, en route to a 3-1 road win at East Carolina, 25-15, 25-22, 26-28, 25-15. 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 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. Rapacz and Asci each tallied double-doubles in the match, with Rapacz notching 13 kills and 13 digs, and Asci adding 17 kills and 10 digs. Coundourides distributed 51 assists, also adding eight digs, while Davis finished the night with 10 kills and just one error, hitting .321. Heirakuji aided the defense, tallying 11 digs.
COUNDOURIDES EARNS HONOR ROLL NOD
Temple's Kyra Coundourides
was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the period ending October 23. The setter led the team to it's best hitting weekend of American play this season, as Temple attacked at a combined .301 in road wins over East Carolina and Cincinnati. Against East Carolina, the junior dished out 51 assists, adding eight digs, an ace and a kill. In a sweep of Cincinnati, she notched 29 assists with five digs, also getting in on the offense with four kills on six attacks (.667%). For the week, Coundourides averaged 11.53 assists per set, adding 1.86 digs per set and 0.71 kills per set.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Junior Irem Asci
leads the Temple offense, racking up 4.29 kills per set, ranking her second in the conference and 19th in the nation. Junior Izzy Rapacz
(2.79 kills/set) and senior Tyler Davis
(2.09 kills/set) attack from the outside for Temple, while senior Kirsten Overton
(1.70), sophomore Iva Deak
(1.59 kills/set), and junior Janine Simmons
(1.22 kills/set) shore up the middle. Junior Kyra Coundourides
is Temple's top setter, averaging 10.48 assists per set, while sophomore Hannah Vandegrift
adds 3.67 assists per frame.
Defensively, Temple is led by sophomore Mia Heirakuji
, who averages 3.33 digs per set. Asci (2.91 digs/set), Rapacz (2.53 digs/set), and Coundourides (2.35 digs/set) beef up the back row for the Owls. At the net, Temple is led by Overton's 72 blocks, while Rapacz has 70 and Deak has 69.
As a team, Temple hits .243 and holds opponents to a .195 attack. The Owls rank second in the American in both blocks per set (2.18) and aces per set (1.40). The Owls also rank third in assists per set (12.70), kills per set (13.54), and team hitting percentage (.243).
After starting American Athletic Conference play, 4-2, UConn has lost four-straight matches to move to 4-6, 13-8 overall.
The Huskies are led by Kayla Williams' 3.44 kills per set, while Kenya Cason (2.64 kills/set) and Danielle Cabel (2.34 kills/set) also add to the offense. Middle Tosin Adeniyi leads the conference and is 44th nationally in hitting percentage, attacking at a .372 clip.
UConn splits its setting duties between Kennedy Arundel and Rebecca Rivera, with Arundul dishing out 6.23 assists per set, and Rivera adding 5.51.
Defensively, the Huskies have three players averaging more than 2.50 per set in Cason (2.72), Williams (2.62), and Jade Strawberry (2.58). At the net, Adeniyi leads the way with 61 total blocks, while Hayley Cmajdalka has added 49.
As a team, UConn leads the conference in both kills per set (14.32) and assists per set (13.37). The Huskies hit .239 as a team, while opponents hit .202 against them.
OWLS VS. THE HUSKIES
Temple leads the all-time series with UConn, 8-4. Temple won the earlier match-up this season, a 3-2 win in Storrs, Conn.
Memphis enters this weekend's matches with an 11-11 overall mark, but the Tigers have won three-straight to move to 3-7 in conference play.
Offensively, Catlin Lilly averages 2.92 kills per set, with McKenzie Hayes (2.34 kills/set), Addison Root (2.09 kills/set), and Summer Morgan (1.86 kills/set) all aiding the offense. Regan Comperry is the primary setter, averaging 7.35 assists per set, while Faith Myers contributes 4.49 assists per frame.
Michaella Moss leads the defense to the tune of 3.37 digs per set, while Mady Ruhlman adds 3.04 digs per set. Morgan tops the team with 82 total blocks, while Campberry tops the conference with 97 total aces.
As a team, Memphis hits .190, holding opponents to a .180 attack. The Tigers are third in the conference in both blocks (2.16) and aces (1.36) per set.
OWLS VS. THE TIGERS
Temple holds a 6-1 lead in the all-time series against Memphis, including winning four-straight. Earlier this season, Temple defeated the Tigers, 3-2, in Memphis, rallying from an 0-2 deficit to record the win.
TWO TEMPLE MATCHES TO AIR ON AMERICAN DIGITAL NETWORK
Two Temple volleyball matches will be part of the American Digital Network's 18-game fall schedule. The Owls will air live on ADN for matches against UCF (away) and SMU (home). ADN is covering a total of three volleyball matches this fall.
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