Following a five-set upset of Atlantic 10 Conference power Xavier, the Owls retake their home court against No. 20 Dayton Saturday.
Temple is riding a seven game winning streak, all at home. They sit atop the conference at 3-0 tied with the Flyers in a match that pits an A-10 championship favorite against a surging underdog.
“We know what we need to do to compete with them,” coach Bakeer Ganes said last weekend. “Now we’re going to work on that in practice and see if we can execute that on the court, when game time comes.”
While undersized against the Musketeers on Friday, Temple will be even more behind in the height department against Dayton, who features 6-foot, 4-inch senior outside hitter Rachel Krabacher. Their game plan remains the same facing a much taller team, however.
“When it comes to the big teams we just have to cover our hitters,” junior outside hitter Gabriella Matautia said after the Xavier game. “Offensively we got to play smart. Use the block to tool it or hit around the block where you’ve got open court.”