By: Melissa Payavis
Coming off of a three-game win streak, the Owls came into Pearson-McGonigle Hall with a lot of momentum. After sweeping their first American conference road trip at Tulane and Houston, they were looking forward to coming back to their home court. Temple hosted the ECU Pirates on Friday but fell 3-1 only winning the second match, going 25-17, 25-19 (Temple), 25-19, and 25-15.
This was the first time these teams met where ECU took the match, making their all-time record 6-1, Temple. The Owls hit for .177 on the night, compared to the Pirates’ .259. The highest attack percentage of .450 came from junior middle blocker Iva Deak. ECU had twice as many team blocks as Temple with 8. One of the reasons why the Owls were struggling was due to their serve errors, which totaled 9 on the night.
“Our effort was there tonight, we fought but, execution wise it wasn’t there,” senior setter Kyra Coundourides said. “We were all in agreement that we didn’t make adjustments in time or fast enough. Not saying that we could have given a better effort, because we left it all out there, we did our best.”
Coundourides was honored prior to the match for nabbing her 2,500th career assist on Sunday at Houston. In addition, she was named to the American Weekly Honor Roll, averaging a double-double.
The Owls will host the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday at 1p.m. as part of the Sideout Foundation’s “Dig Pink” Breast Cancer initiative.