Going into Sunday afternoon’s game against the Tulane Green Wave, the Temple Owls volleyball team had been on a bit of a skid. Although their overall record was a winning 15-6, and 7-3 in the American Athletic Conference, their past five games have not been anything to be too excited about. They have lost three of their last five. The most recent loss came Friday night against the University of Houston in a nail-biting five set loss, where over 1,000 people were in attendance cheering the Owls on.
Sunday afternoon wouldn’t yield quite as many, with only 247 in attendance, but the Owls did have a better outcome, beating the Green Wave in four sets. This was their first meeting with Tulane this season, and they will see them again on the road later this season.
Sandra Sydlik really set the tone, after being a bit absent in the past few games. Temple’s first point was assisted by Sydlik, and when they had four points Sydlik had three assists. Their fifth point was a team block involving Sydlik. She clearly saw the holes in the Tulane defense, and was able to set up her teammates for success.
Sydlik finished the match with 51 assists and three blocks.
Kirsten Overton was another Owl that did well, with four blocks and eight kills.
This is a big win for the Owls, as they need momentum for the next string of games. They have four straight road games in four different states, against teams that have played Temple before. They know what they’re up against, but it’s difficult being on the road for such a long time.
The Owls return to their home court on November 13th.