PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (October 20, 2013) – The Rutgers volleyball team fell in straight-sets (18-25, 16-25, 23-25) to Temple in American Athletic Conference action, Sunday afternoon. With the loss, Rutgers drops to 4-17 overall and 0-7 in AAC play, while the Owls, who currently sit at second in the conference standings, improve to 15-4, 6-1 AAC.
Freshman middle blocker Lauren Cloyd (Champaign, Ill.) led the Scarlet Knights with eight kills and added two blocks. Sophomore defensive specialist Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) posted a team-high 15 digs, while Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) added 11 digs and six kills.
Sophomore setter Anna Sudbury (Tomahawk, Wis.) just missed a double-double, distributing 22 assists and adding nine digs. Sudbury also added five kills on 11 attacks to finish the match with a .455 hitting percentage.
Junior middle Rachel Andreassian (Fredericksburg, Texas) turned in a sold-effort in the front row, finishing with six kills and a team-best five total blocks.
Temple was led by Gabriella Matautia and Tyler Davis, who each managed 10 kills for the Owls.
After dropping the first two frames, RU came out determined in the third frame, matching the hosts point-for-point. Temple was able to create their largest advantage of the set late in the stanza, going in front by five points at 20-15. The Owls seemed to be making their way to a win, maintaining a five-point cushion at 22-17, but the Scarlet Knights soon stormed to life. Aided by three Owl unforced errors, Rutgers was able to form a 6-2 run to come within a single digit at 24-23 and force a Temple timeout. The hosts would regroup following the intermission however, and secure the set and match victory following a kill by Matautia.
Rutgers continues conference play on Friday, Oct. 25, with its first home contest since Sept. 29 against SMU. The Scarlet Knights will welcome Louisville to the College Ave. Gym at 7 p.m.
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