Volleyball Primed for Three Matches at Temple Invitational This Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fresh off a 2-1 showing at last weekend's Brown Invitational tournament, the Brown volleyball team (2-5 overall) takes to Philadelphia for three matches at the Temple Invitational between Friday and Saturday. Brown's third tournament of the season pits the Bears against Hofstra on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by Saturday matches versus Delaware State at 10 a.m. and Temple at 1 p.m.
Junior outside hitter Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) and freshman middle blocker Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) paced the Bears to wins over Holy Cross and Bryant at the Brown Invitational. The duo landed on the All-Tournament Team and garnered Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll status for their combined 64 kills over four matches.
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SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Hofstra boasts a 7-4 record after winning three of its last four matches. The Pride remain unbeaten in seven home events but have yet to secure a victory on the road. Junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills is responsible for the majority of Hofstra's offense with 4.45 kills per set, ranking her 11th in the nation. Senior middle blocker Sara Campolina stands among the country's best with 1.29 blocks per set, while the Pride strike well from the service line with 1.71 aces per set.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Delaware State has endured a challenging 1-5 start but the Hornets appear to have found stability in a 3-1 win over St. Peter's and 3-2 loss to Towson after four straight three-set defeats. Outside hitter Jasmine Jackson ranks 40th in the country with a team-best 4.00 kills per set and provides nearly 40 percent of her team's offense, making her the player to watch if the Bears hope to take down Delaware State on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
With a 7-2 record, the Owls own the best start to the 2013 season of any team in the tournament. Temple rattled off seven consecutive wins before dropping a 3-2 decision at Penn last Sunday, and having yet to play a home match, the Owls look to return to their winning ways with the home-opening Temple Invitational. Four players average over two kills per set for Temple's versatile offense, led by Gabriella Matuatia's 3.76 mark. The Owls also serve well with 64 aces on the year, and the team's 1.68 aces per set ranks 31st in all of Division I.
The Bears open Ivy League play on Sunday, Sep. 28, when they travel to New Haven, Conn., to take on defending league champion Yale at 5 p.m.