NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Nov. 7, 2012) – In its home finale, the Rutgers volleyball team fell in four sets to St. John’s at College Ave. Gym, Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights were downed by set scores of 23-25, 25-20, 21-25, 22-25. This was the second contest between the two squads this season with each team winning one match.
Rutgers (18-11, 4-10 BIG EAST) hit .296 in the contest, its best mark in a conference match this season. The Scarlet Knights totaled 60 kills, 59, 54 digs and 9.0 blocks. St. John’s (20-10, 7-7 BIG EAST) recorded a .273 hitting percentage to go along with 57 kills, 52 assists, 56 digs and 5.0 blocks.
Senior setter Stephanie Zielinski (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) tallied 55 assists to move into second place all-time on Rutgers’ single-season list. She now has 1,289 in the 2012 campaign. It was the 11th time this season that she surpassed 50 assists in a match.
Three Scarlet Knights notched double-digit kills in the contest. Freshman Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) led the team with 17 kills. Classmate Sarah Schmid (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added 15 on a .406 hitting percentage. Senior Kylie Orr (Kettering, Ohio) recorded 13 to surpass 500 her for her career with 511. Defensively, rookie Ronnie Komisarek (San Mateo, Calif.) led all with 15 digs.
Senior Alex Jones (Chesapeake, Va.) made her presence felt with seven blocks, tying her season-high. Freshman Rachel Andreassian (Fredericksburg, Texas) followed with a six blocks of her own, one shy of her career-best.
In the opening game, Rutgers was down 15-13 before St. John’s went on a 4-0 run and the Scarlet Knights couldn’t close the gap. Rutgers was up 12-10 in the second set and then went on a 6-0 run and St. John’s couldn’t catch up. Lassa and Jones each earned four kills in the stanza.
The Red Storm jumped to a lead in the third game, going on a 6-0 run early to make the score 8-3 and proved too much for the Scarlet Knights to overcome. Rutgers led 18-17 late in the fourth set. St. John’s then went on a 4-1 run to take the lead and would hold on to win the match.
The Scarlet Knights finish the season in Chicago, Ill., taking on DePaul on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. Rutgers downed the Blue Demons in five sets at College Ave. Gym on Nov. 3.
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