Owls Lose In Five Sets To Houston


When one Temple team starts winning, they all get support. The Temple football team has had a historical start to their season this year, starting 7-0 for the first time ever in history. Because of this, tickets for Halloween’s big home game against Notre Dame—that may end up bringing ESPN’s College Gameday into town—are in high demand, and are having to be released at special locations. These special locations all happen to be other Temple athletics sporting events.

One of those events was Friday night’s match for the Temple volleyball team against the Houston Cougars. It was one of the most attended games of the year, as 1,131 were in attendance. Many to get a chance at grabbing student tickets for the Notre Dame game, but also to cheer on their other sports team to a win.

Temple would end up losing the first set, and started off the game with some miscommunications. The teammates were stumbling over each other and often getting in each others way. They tied the game up at 12 once they started getting in the right groove, but were still unable to beat Houston.

The Owls would end up winning the second set with a ball that bounced off of Irem Asci’s head. She surprisingly looked at one of her teammates as they headed for the locker room saying, “that was my head!”

The match was fairly evenly matched, and went the full five sets. As the game went on, the home fans got more and more excited, getting louder as the match progressed. By the fifth set the sounds of chairs stomping was nearly deafening, making it hard for Houston to concentrate when serving.

Still, they overcame, and were able to come out with a win in the fifth and final set to leave Philadelphia with a win.

For Temple, Asci ended the game with 13.5 points, Sandra Sydlik had 31 assists, and Kirsten Overton had 13 kills.

This was Temple’s third loss in five games, and it dropped their American Athletic Conference record to 6-3, and their overall record to 15-6. Temple has one more home game on Sunday at 1 PM against Tulane before heading on the road for four straight games in four different states.

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