PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Aug. 27, 2012) – Freshman Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) has been named to the first BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll of the season, the league office announced on Monday. The outside hitter totaled a conference-best 51 kills in three matches at the Hurricane Invitational, hosted by Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
“Alex had a great weekend,” said head coach CJ Werneke. “She really showed us a new level. The competition brings out the best in her. It was a great start to what we anticipate to be a great career.”
Lassa was named to the Hurricane Invitational All-Tournament Team. The Eagle, Colo., native notched a tournament-best 4.25 kills per set, which is second in the BIG EAST. Senior Alex Jones (Chesapeake, Va.) was the last Scarlet Knight to be named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, earning a selection on Oct. 24, 2011.
In her first ever collegiate playing experience, Lassa was instrumental in the Scarlet Knights opening the season with wins over Wofford and Samford, which made the 2011 NCAA Tournament. She tallied a .271 hitting percentage, good for second-best on the team among players with 10 or more attempts.
Her Rutgers career began with 20 kills on her personal tournament-best .327 hitting percentage in the team’s opening match of the Hurricane Invitational against Samford. She also performed on the defensive ends, recording 13 digs for her first career double-double. In her second game against Wofford, Lassa led the team again, breaking her early career-high with 23 kills. She added eight more kills and six more digs in the loss to Miami.
Rutgers will return to action against Fordham on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in Bronx, N.Y. The match is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. The Scarlet Knights hold a 7-4 record all-time against the Rams. The teams met on Oct. 4, 2011 and RU earned the victory in four sets.
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