PISCATAWAY, N.J. (July 13, 2012) – The Rutgers volleyball program released its 2012 schedule, fifth-year head coach CJ Werneke announced. Rutgers has compiled a challenging schedule for the 2012 campaign, marked with 15 BIG EAST games. The Scarlet Knights will participate in four tournaments throughout the season, and will face five teams that made the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The team will be tested from the open, beginning the season at the Hurricane Invitational hosted by Miami (Aug. 24-25). Rutgers is set for three games in Coral Gables, Fla., and will face Samford and Wofford on Aug. 24, and will play Miami on Aug. 25. Werneke’s alma mater Samford and host Miami each made the NCAA Tournament last season.
“We’ll find out what we’re made of right off the bat,” said Werneke. “There are two quality NCAA Tournament teams from last year. Miami was constantly ranked in the top-25 for most of last year. Samford had a magical season at 29-5 and they return everybody. It’s going to be a good litmus test to see where we’re at, a good checkpoint. Obviously it’s great because senior Stephanie Zielinski is also from that area, she’s from Fort Lauderdale. So, one of our goals is to get our kids back to their area.”
The Scarlet Knights will make their first home appearance in the Rutgers Invitational (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) at the College Ave Gym. Iona (Aug. 31), New Hampshire (Aug. 31) and Rhode Island (Sept. 1) will visit for the tournament. Rutgers will also participate in the Spartan Classic, hosted by Norfolk State in Norfolk, Va. Games in that tournament include UNC-Wilmington (Sept. 7), Stetson (Sept. 8) and Norfolk State (Sept. 8).
“Any time we can play at home, it’s going to be an advantage,” said Werneke. “To be able to host a home tournament and have our kids play in front of their friends and family here, that’s great.
The last tournament appearance for the Scarlet Knights is scheduled for Sept. 14-15 at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational Tournament hosted by UPenn. The Scarlet Knights will go head-to-head with Radford (Sept. 14), George Mason (Sept. 15) and UPenn (Sept. 15).
The non-conference schedule is composed of two road games with Fordham (Aug. 29) and Lehigh (Sept. 11) and a home match against Lafayette (Sept. 4).
Rutgers is set to open BIG EAST play with consecutive home games against USF (Sept. 22) and Pittsburgh (Sept. 23) in the College Ave Gym. The Scarlet Knights will then go on a tough BIG EAST four-game road trip, starting with Villanova (Sept. 28) and Georgetown (Sept. 30).
“It’s always a challenge navigating the BIG EAST,” said Werneke. “Every weekend is going to be a dog fight.”
RU will finish the road stand with defending BIG EAST Tournament champion Cincinnati (Oct. 5) and defending BIG EAST regular-season champion Louisville (Oct. 7), which each made the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Rutgers is set to host Marquette on Oct. 14 to round out its matchups against tournament teams.
Other conference home games for RU include: Syracuse (Oct. 12), DePaul (Nov. 3), Notre Dame (Nov. 4) and senior day versus St. John’s (Nov. 7). Rutgers is scheduled to play BIG EAST road games at Seton Hall (Oct. 19), UConn (Oct. 27), St. John’s (Oct. 28) and DePaul (Nov. 11).
The Scarlet Knights will play four home games that will be broadcast on RVision, presented by AT&T, via ScarletKnights.com. Full matches that will be shown include New Hampshire (Aug. 31) in the Rutgers Invitational, and matches against USF (Sept. 22), DePaul (Nov. 3) and Notre Dame (Nov. 4). There will also be highlight packages provided for the contest versus Rhode Island (Sept. 1) and Senior Day against St. John’s (Nov. 7).
2012 Rutgers Volleyball Schedule
Fri. 24 vs. Samford@ 10 a.m.
vs. Wofford@ 4:30 p.m.
Sat. 25 at Miami@ 1 p.m.
Wed. 29 at Fordham 5 p.m.
Fri. 31 IONA# 10 a.m.
UNH# 7 p.m.
Sat. 1 URI# 3 p.m.
Tues. 4 LAFAYETTE 7 p.m.
Fri. 7 vs. UNC-Wilmington$ 4 p.m.
Sat. 8 vs. Stetson$ 10 a.m.
at Norfolk State$ 6 p.m.
Tues. 11 at Lehigh 5 p.m.
Fri. 14 vs. Radford% 4 p.m.
Sat. 15 vs. George Mason% 1 p.m.
at UPenn% 5 p.m.
Sat. 22 USF* 2 p.m.
Sun. 23 PITT* 2 p.m.
Fri. at Villanova* 7 p.m.
Sun. 30 at Georgetown* 2 p.m.
Fri. 5 at Cincinnati* 3 p.m.
Sun. 7 at Louisville* 12 p.m.
Fri. 12 SYRACUSE* 7 p.m.
Sun. 14 MARQUETTE* 2 p.m.
Fri. 19 at Seton Hall* 7 p.m.
Sat. 27 at UConn* 2 p.m.
Sun. 28 at St. John’s* 2 p.m.
Sat. 3 DEPAUL* 2 p.m.
Sun. 4 NOTRE DAME* 2 p.m.
Wed. 7 ST. JOHN’S* 7 p.m.
Sun. 11 at DePaul* 2 p.m.
16-18 at BIG EAST Tournament TBD
Home games – BOLD CAPS
BIG EAST games - *
Hurricane Invitational - @
Rutgers Invitational - #
Spartan Classic - $
Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational - %