Orlando, FL. — The Temple Owls vollleyball team traveled down to Florida to open up American Athletic Conference play for the season. The Owls entered their first game against the University of South Florida coming off of a second place finish in the Big Five Tournament, partially hosted on their home court.
Kirsten Overton and Sandra Sydlik led the team during the tournament. Overton led all players in the Big Five with a .581 hitting percentage, and Sydlik averaged over 10 assists per set.
USF was just 3-9 heading into the match, and had just broken a nine game losing streak before their three wins.
The Owls were able to come away with a win by sweeping the Bulls.
The first set was won by Temple with a strong 25-17 set. Heating up, the next set was won 25-14. USF nearly forced a fourth set only losing by two points in the last set.
Temple led in all categories (except for digs where they tied) but their kills were a strong suit of their game. Kirsten Overton led both teams with 12, and Irem Asci supported that with 10 of her own.
Sandra Sydlik continued to set up her teammates for success with 35 assists. USF’s assist leader was Natalia Soares, with 15. Sydlik’s assisting has proved to be a great asset to Temple wins, and she is an necessary part of the offense, setting up teammates for kills often.
Overton was also present on the defensive with four blocks.
Temple continues their Florida tour with the University of Central Florida up next on the schedule on Sunday at one, after opening conference play with some momentum.