NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (November 10, 2013) – The Rutgers volleyball team managed to come back from an 0-2 deficit to force a fourth set, but could not complete the comeback as the squad fell to American Athletic Conference rival USF (14-25, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25) Sunday afternoon at the College Ave Gym.
Three players finished with double-digit kills to lead Rutgers. Sophomore outside hitter Micaela Anderson (La Canada, Calif.), junior right side Sofi Cucuz (Crown Point, Ind.) and sophomore middle blocker Mikaela Matthews (San Diego, Calif.) each recorded 10 putdowns in the loss.
Matthews was most efficient from the front row, collecting her 10 kills on 19 attacks to finish the match with a .368 attack percentage. In the first set alone, the second-year middle was unstoppable; converted six of seven attacks to finish the frame at a torrid .857 clip. Matthews also added a team-high four blocks.
Junior middle blocker Rachel Andreassian (Fredericksburg, Texas) also had a solid day, finishing with eight kills, four digs, three service aces and three rejections
Defensively, the Scarlet Knights were led by sophomore defensive specialist Ronnie Komisarek (San Mateo, Calif.) who came up with 10 kills.
The Bulls were led by Erin Fairs’ double-double of 20 kills, 11 digs.
After falling behind 0-2, Rutgers put forth a strong team effort in the third stanza to avoid a straight-set loss. The Scarlet Knight formed a 5-1 run to break a 12-all stalemate in the frame and take a four-point lead at 17-13. RU fended off mutliple Bulls’ rallies and managed to maintain at least a two-point cushion throughout the remainder of the set to keep the match going.
The fourth frame opened with both teams exchanging points until the visitors scored four-straight to go in front 15-11. USF seemed to be making its way to a decisive win, but RU rallied back with a 5-2 spurt to get within a single digit (23-22). Back-to-back kills from Carissa Whalen and Erin Fairs would ultimately give the visitors the win.
Rutgers continues AAC action on Friday, Nov. 15 with a 7 p.m. match against UConn at the College Ave Gym.
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