The Owls could not complete a comeback victory, falling to Tulane in five sets in their first conference match of the season.
The team was picked to finish second behind Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference.
Temple's nine service aces helped propel the team to a straight sets win against Villanova at The Palestra on Friday in the Big 5 tournament.
The medal has given the junior outside hitter a boost of confidence.
The Owls beat the University of New Hampshire 3-1 in the morning and Rutgers University 3-0 to end their weekend tournament at McGonigle Hall.
Temple falls to Cleveland State University in five sets in first game of weekend tournament at McGonigle Hall.
Sophomore Mia Heirakuji is the key to the Owls’ new fast-paced philosophy.
Temple's attack struggled, as the team lost 3-2 against Virginia Tech then 3-1 against the University of Alabama over the weekend.
Two transfers debuted and sophomore Mia Heirakuji played her first game at libero for the Owls.
Junior outside hitter Izzy Rapacz led team in kills, aces and digs during straight sets victory.