On Friday afternoon, the Temple Tigers traveled into Lion country with solo possession of the second spot in conference standings on the line. Both teams have only had one loss, both to Berean out of Fayetteville.
The first set was proof that this would be a battle of wills.
The Tigers went up early leading 13-5 when the Lions gained a side out and Caroline Matthews reeled off five points. Temple regained the serve but could not hold. Ashley Hayes serving pushed the Lions ahead 15-14 causing Temple to take a timeout. The Tigers came back to take the lead and at 24-23 the Lions took a timeout. Temple missed the next serve sending the set into extra points, with Mintz taking the set 31-29.
Temple came back and won the second set in another closely contested match-up winning 25-23. The Lions took the third set 25-21 with strong serving by Courtney Barber.
The Lions continued to build momentum and won the fourth set 25-17. Taking the match 3-1.
“Tonight was a great step forward in our program,” said Lions coach Dan Heinz. “This was our first ever win against Temple, and it was not easy. Our girls really stepped up. Every point was tough. We need to keep improving, but I am very excited to see how far we have come.”
The Lions are now 7-1 and were expected to be back in action Tuesday for senior night against Liberty Christian.