PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 19, 2012) – Despite a late surge, the Rutgers volleyball team fell to Seton Hall in five sets on Friday night in South Orange, N.J. The Scarlet Knights were downed by set scores of 18-25, 17-25, 25-21, 26-24 and 7-15. Rutgers moved to 19-16 all-time against Seton Hall and 5-3 in five game matches.
The Scarlet Knights (16-8, 2-7 BIG EAST) posted a .134 hitting percentage, recording 55 kills, 53 assists, 78 digs and 7.0 blocks. The Pirates (17-5, 5-4) hit .201 on the night, notching 61 kills, 56 assists, 82 digs and 15.0 blocks.
Senior setter Stephanie Zielinski (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) totaled her 18th double-double of the season with 48 assists and 16 digs. She moved into second place all-time at Rutgers with 3,967 career assists. The senior also moved into 10th on the school’s single season list with 1,054 helpers in 2012. The match marked the 17th time this season that Zielinski tallied 40 or more assists in a contest.
Freshman Megan Stephenson (Burbank, Calif.) recorded a match-high 20 kills and four blocks for the Scarlet Knights, both career bests. Classmate Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) led the squad defensively with 23 digs, tying her career-high mark, which she also totaled on Sept. 14 against Radford. Freshman Sarah Schmid (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) recorded 12 kills to surpass the 300 mark on the season with a team-best 308 in the 2012 campaign.
In set one, Rutgers led early, 13-12, but Seton Hall went on a 5-0 run and held the lead throughout the opener. The Scarlet Knights trailed early in the second game and couldn’t recover. In the third stanza, Rutgers fell behind 9-4, but rallied to tie it up at 18-18 and pulled out the win. Stephenson led the charge with four third-set kills.
The Scarlet Knights were down 19-14 in the fourth set, but the team went on a 7-1 run highlighted by three kills from senior Kylie Orr (Kettering, Ohio) to take the game. Rutgers suffered an early deficit in the deciding set and couldn’t catch the Pirates, who took the match.
The Scarlet Knights continue play on the road, meeting Connecticut on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. and St. John’s on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
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