NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (October 27, 2013) – The Rutgers volleyball team fell in five-sets (21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 23-25. 12-15) to the Cincinnati Bearcats Sunday afternoon at the College Ave. Gym. RU came back from a first set loss to win the following two frames and take a 2-1 advantage, before dropping the fourth and fifth sets.
“At times I thought we excuted at a reall high level and put a lot of pressure on Cincinnati, from our offense, to our defense, to our serving,” said head coach C.J. Werneke. “Unfortunately some errors at critical moments hurt us and we weren’t able to sustain a high level of play needed to come away with a victory.”
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) finished with a team-high 15 kills and added 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the year. Also finishing with double-digit kills were sophomore OH Megan Stephenson (Burbank, Calif.) and junior middle blocker Rachel Andreassian (Fredericksburg, Texas) who recorded 13 and 11 putdowns, respectively.
As a team, Rutgers managed their second-best hitting percentage of the season ( .258). The Scarlet Knights finished with 63 kills to the Bearcats 60, limiting the visitors to a .178 clip. RU also recorded more blocks than the Bearcats, notching 13 rejections in comparison to Cincinnati’s 7.
Sophomore setter Anna Sudbury (Tomahawk, Wis.) contributed a solid all-around game for the Scarlet Knights, finishing with 28 assists, seven total blocks and five kills on eight attempts for a .625 attack percentage.
Defensively, sophomore libero Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished with a match-high 22 digs. Senior DS Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) also contributed double-digit digs of 14.
Cincinnati was led by Morgan Allred’s 19 kills and 11 digs.
Rutgers posted its best hitting performance of the match in the third set, when they hit a commanding .400 en route to a decisive 25-16. The hosts missed their chance at coming away with a four-set victory in the fourth frame, as Cincinnati broke a 19-all stalemate by out-scoring RU 6-4 to force a deciding fifth set. In the final stanza, the Scarlet Knights rallied back from a 10-2 deficit to come within two at 14-12, but a kill by Breanna Barksdale finished off the match for the Bearcats.
RU returns to action on Nov. 1 at SMU.
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