PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 14, 2013) – Rutgers volleyball (4-23, 0-13) continues a five-game homestand with its lone match of the week against American Athletic Conference opponent UConn (11-17, 2-11) Friday, Nov. 15 at the College Ave Gym. The contest marks the third consecutive home game for the Scarlet Knights, who have a total of five matches remaining in the season.
Last weekend, RU welcomed Florida schools UCF and USF to “The Barn” and fell in three and four sets, respectively. Rutgers put together its best performance of the weekend against the Bulls, as three players finished with double-digit kills in the loss. Sophomore outside hitter Micaela Anderson (La Cañada, Calif.), junior right side Sofi Cucuz (Crown Point, Ind.) and second-year middle blocker Mikaela Matthews (San Diego, Calif.) each recorded 10 putdowns in the loss.
Friday’s meeting will be the 31st between Rutgers and UConn, with the Huskies holding a 21-9 advantage.
Earlier this season, RU fell to UConn in four sets. The Scarlet Knights opened the match with a 27-25 first set win, but went on to drop the following three frames by scores of 20-25, 24-26, 13-25.
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) led RU with a match-high 21 kills and added 13 digs. Junior middle Rachel Andreassian (Fredericksburg, Texas) also finished with double-digit kills in the loss. Andreassian notched 12 kills on 26 attacks to finish with a .346 clip and added a team-high seven total blocks.
UConn had three players finish with double-digit kills, led by Karson Ratliff’s team-high 17 putdowns.
UConn enters Friday’s contest at 11-17 overall and 2-11 in AAC action. The Huskies’ last conference win came on Oct. 25 against Cincinnati in five sets. Since the victory, the squad has lost five-straight. UConn’s other league win came against the Scarlet Knights in Storrs, Conn. on Oct. 11.
In its last time on the court, UConn dropped a four-set decision to UCF on Nov. 10. Of the Huskies’ 11 losses, three have come in five sets, one in four and the rest in three.
Junior outside hitter Karson Ratliff leads the Huskies on the year with 302 kills, while junior libero Brianna Datti paces the defense with a team-best 464 digs. Sophomore setter Marissa Prinzbach has dished out 1035 assists on the year to average 9.58/set, good for fourth in the league.
As a team, the Huskies are fourth in the AAC in service aces (1.28/set) and fifth in blocks (2.33/set).
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