The Temple Owls dropped to (0-1) in conference play Friday against Tulane in what was a nail biting finish.
It would be a match defined by its fifth set which would see a combined 12 extra points scored before the match was decided.
The Owls started off with a sluggish start, as they would fall in the first set 25-18. Temple would commit 7 errors, and only 4 players had a kill in the set. Temple would also only kill 12 out of 44 attempts in the first set.
Though the Owls would respond with a victory in the second set, they would quickly be followed by a sloppy 3rd set in which the Owls would commit a season high 9 errors, and would only kill 13 out of 39 attempts. Temple would fall 25-19 in the third set.
Temple would again respond in the fourth set in which they would win by 3 again leading to an exciting 5th set.
In the final set, Temple would hold the match point on three different occasions only to collapse on the 20th point and fall to Tulane 22-20.
“It’s pretty tough to lose this way” said Junior Irem Asci, who led the team in kills. “It was a lot of ups and downs”.
“It’s always tough to lose a close match like this because we all want to win so bad” said Junior Kyra Coundourides.
Though the Owls dropped their first conference match of the season, they were still picked to finish second in the conference, and their is still much optimism amongst the team.
“It would have been nice to win the conference opener” said Coundourides, “however we are, now that this match is over, focused on Houston, and this is one of like, gosh, 20 conference matches so I think we’ve learned a lot from this match, and now we know what to do for the next match which was good about this loss”.
Temple’s next game will be against Houston Sunday at 1:00, at Mcgonigle Hall.