Volleyball wins home opener

Owls beat Delaware State in first day of the Temple Invitational.

It took ten games, but the  volleyball team finally was able to play at home, as the Owls swept Delaware State (1-6).

Temple (8-2) got a double-double from freshman Caroline Grattan, who had 10 kills and 13 digs in three sets. Temple won the match by scores of 25-11, 25-16 and 25-21.

“I thought Caroline did a really good job overall and played really good defense,” said Temple head coach Bakeer Ganes about his freshman outside hitter. “She passed the ball very consistently the entire match. I thought overall, this was probably the best match she’s played this season.”

Senior Gabriella Matautia led the team with 11 kills. It was a special night for her as she honored with a painted ball prior to the game for recording her 1,000th kill.

“I thought it was really good for us to finish in three sets,” Ganes said. “We almost completely changed our lineup in the third set and that’s a very good sign that we have a lot of depth. I can honestly say we don’t have a first and second team—we have two first teams. So depending on the opponent, we can change our lineup to our advantage.”

The Owls return to action tomorrow against Brown at 1 p.m. and then a night cap versus Hofstra at 7 p.m.

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