In the first of their two matches at McGonigle Hall Saturday, Temple defeated Navy in straight sets, 3-0, to capture its first win of the season.
After a 3-0 loss Friday to the University of Oregon, the Owls were in a tough competition early on in Saturday’s match.
With the two teams tied 9-9 early in the first set, junior outside hitter Tyler Davis, who did not play in Friday’s contest, helped her team score 16 of the final 23 points and win 25-16.
“It feels great to be back out there,” Davis said. “Yesterday not playing really put me in the right mindset. This is my chance to kind of show everyone that they can count on me. That was my main focus today.”
Riding the momentum, Temple gained an early 4-1 lead in the second set. Davis added 3 more kills to her total and junior middle blocker Kirsten Overton had a perfect kill percentage to help the Owls win the second set, 25-14.
“It was a good team effort,” senior libero Alyssa Drachslin said. “We bounced properly from our loss yesterday. We thought we could’ve played better last night and we came out here and we showed ourselves that we can play better.”
With the momentum on Temple’s side, the Owls scored 18 kills and had 15 digs to keep Navy’s attacking efficiency below four percent. in the third set. Navy was unable to keep pace and the Owls won the third set, 25-10.
The Owls finish up the Temple Invitational on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when they face St. John’s University.
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