-- The Temple volleyball team closed out the 2017 season with a loss at West Virginia in the second round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. Temple fell 25-23, 25-18, and 25-12, to end the season with a 20-10 mark. WVU improves to 20-12 and moves on to the third round.
KEYS TO THE MATCH
> The first set featured 13 ties and four lead changes, but in the end West Virginia grabbed set one, and with it, the momentum.
> The Mountaineers hit .321 for the match, holding the Owls to a .202 attack.
> Team blocks (WVU 7-6) and digs (WVU 45-44) were close, but Temple's unforced errors were the difference in the match.
QUOTABLE: Head Coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam
> "I thought we performed really well in the first set, our transition work was good, especially in the front row. We controlled the first touch on serve-receive and on defense which helped us."
> "In the second set, I thought we made too many unforced errors, which allowed West Virginia to separate themselves from us, and we just couldn't recover."
> "The third set, I thought our willingness to compete was there, I'm not sure if we just got too tight, or wanted it too much, or if it was our inexperience with postseason, play but whatever it was, we couldn't control the match like we did before. We allowed them to go on too many runs and basically put it away."
> "I have to give West Virginia a lot of credit. They played really well, especially in the second and definitely the third set."
> Freshmen Dana Westfield
and Katerina Papazoglou
both tallied nine kills to lead the Owls.
> Senior Janine Simmons
had eight kills, hitting .357.
> Senior Izzy Rapacz
tallied six kills with nine digs and two blocks.
> Junior Iva Deak
finished with five kills and a match-high five blocks.
> Senior Kyra Coundourides
tallied 31 assists with seven digs and two blocks.
> Junior Mia Heirakuji
led the Owls with 12 digs, while freshman Averi Salvador
SET ONE: West Virginia 25, Temple 23
> Both teams scored three unanswered points on tough serving to start the match.
> The Owls surged ahead 7-4, but WVU responded to tie it at 7-7.
> West Virginia took over the lead 14-11, before Temple answered with four in a row to go up 15-14.
> From there, the teams traded sideouts with seven more ties, until WVU took a 22-20 advantage.
> Temple went on a 3-1 run to tie it up at 23-23, but West Virginia scored back-to-back to take set one.
SET TWO: West Virginia 25, Temple 18
> The Owls opened set two with a 5-2 advantage, but WVU quickly tied things up at 6-6.
> The Mountaineers took their first lead of the frame, 10-9, and later pushed it to 17-13.
> Temple cut the lead down to 20-18, but WVU scored five straight to win it, 25-18.
SET THREE: West Virginia 25, Temple 12
> West Virginia continued their run into the third set, going up 5-0 and pushing it to 8-2 later in the frame.
> The Owls cut the lead to 10-7 on two Westfield winners and a Simmons kill, but the Mountaineers answered with a 3-1 surge to go up 13-8.
> West Virginia then rattled off an 11-4 run to finish out the sweep.