Oct. 8, 2010
Senior Becky Novacek (middle) had a career-high 10 blocks on Friday.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –
Nineteenth-ranked University of Dayton volleyball swept Temple in straight sets on Friday night at McGonigle Hall to remain undefeated in conference play and extend its winning streak to nine matches (25-5, 25-9, 25-26).
Senior Becky Novacek recorded a career-high 10 blocks against the Owls – nine block-assists and one solo block. It is the second time this season a Flyer has recorded over 10 blocks in a match, and the most for Novacek since UD defeated No. 17 Illinois on Sept. 12, 2008.
“We were very efficient tonight and were able to keep our errors down – we only gave Temple nine points off errors,” Head Coach Kelly Sheffield said. “We didn’t give a lot of points away tonight and obviously Becky put on a blocking clinic with 10 blocks – that’s a great mark for her.”
Dayton (14-3, 5-0) – the Atlantic 10 leaders in hitting percentage and opponent hitting percentage – recorded a .344 hitting percentage and held Temple (4-14, 1-3) to a -.062 hitting percentage on Friday night. It marked the third time this season that UD has held an opponent to a sub-.000 hitting percentage.
The Flyers recorded just five attacking errors to the Owls’ 28 and out-blocked Tempe, 14.0-to-2.0.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Krabacher led the Flyers with 11 kills on a .310 hitting percentage and added 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Senior outside hitter and passing specialist Amanda Cowdrey gave six kills and 12 digs.
Dayton came out early to set the tone for its seventh sweep in nine matches with a dominating 25-5 first set victory. The Flyers didn’t need to go through a complete rotation before ending the opening set on an 18-1 run.
UD only recorded two attacking errors in the first two sets, hitting .545 in the second to lead to another dominating 25-9 victory. Temple showed some fight in the third set after taking an early 3-1 lead before UD pulled away with the 25-16 victory to seal the match.
Dayton improves to 19-15 all-time against Temple and has won the last 10 matches with the Owls.
The Flyers conclude the weekend road swing in Philadelphia, Pa., tomorrow at La Salle. First serve against the Explorers is 2 p.m. ET.