Temple Volleyball Opens Up Cherry & White Challenge With Loss

Sophomore Hannah Vandergrift Serving

The Temple Owls dropped their third straight game Friday night at home against the Cleveland State Vikings in 5 sets, in front of a small but rowdy crowd at Mcgonigle Hall.

The Owls got off to another hot start when they won the first set by the score of 25-16. After the opening set, the Owls would have another collapse. Temple would lose the last 3 out of 4 sets including a diminishing 15-8 loss in the final set.

This loss marks their third straight after losing to both Virginia Tech, and Alabama in the Puerto Rico Classico.

Despite the loss, there were a few bright spots such as the performance of Jr. Irem Asci, who lead the game in kills with 25. It was also a great match for Junior Kyra Coundourides who notched 52 assist which is a new season high.

Though the Owls are coming off their third straight loss, the team has unanimously put Friday’s loss behind them and are preparing for Saturday’s double header against New Hampshire and Rutgers.

“We’ve been watching these teams, and doing scouting reports them” said Junior Irem Asci, “Even with tonight, I still think we’re ready”.

“Tonight could be an advantage” said Head Coach Bakeer Ganeharatnam. “The good thing is we don’t have to wait to long to come back from this, because if you have to wait for a while to play again, you have a lot of time to think and rethink, and over think, and it’s perfect so we’re gonna get some rest and hopefully bounce back”.

The Owls will continue the Cherry & White challenge as they will play a doubleheader tomorrow at Mcgonigle Hall against New Hampshire at 10am, and at 6pm against Rutgers.


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