COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (August 30, 2014) – The Rutgers volleyball team defeated host Air Force 3-1 Saturday afternoon at the Falcon Classic. Despite losing the first set, Rutgers took the victory by scores of 19-25, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-21.
“The team battled today after a long five-set match last night. Everyone contributed with a strong effort from our middles. Four players had double-digit kills, which shows we are running our offense at a high level. I was most impressed by team’s grittiness today, making Air Force fight for every point. All around group effort from the team and I couldn’t be prouder,” said head coach CJ Werneke.
The Scarlet Knights wrap up the weekend with an overall record of 2-1. It marks the third-consecutive year that RU has started off the season 2-1 at a road tournament.
Junior middle Mikaela Matthews (San Diego, Calif.) paced RU with 15 kills on 29 attempts, registering a .448 hitting percentage. Junior middle Eden Frazier (Irvine, Calif.) notched a .550 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 20 attempts. Junior outside Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) posted 10 kills of her own.
Freshman Meme Fletcher (Overland Park, Kan.) notched the first double-double of her career with 11 attempts and 11 digs.
Junior setter Anna Sudbury (Tomahawk, Wis.) notched 26 assists in the match, just three shy of her career-high.
Defensively, junior Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) led the Scarlet Knights with 17 digs.
Set one started off with both team’s trading points. Air Force posted the biggest margin of the match with a 22-17 lead. RU was able to stay alive a little longer, but eventually dropped the set 19-25.
The second set continued in similar fashion with Rutgers controlling the lead this time around. The Scarlet Knights were able to hold the Falcons off to win the set 25-21.
RU continued its momentum, jumping to a solid 12-6 advantage in the third set. The Scarlet Knights quickly reached a 17-7 lead and never looked back. With the score at 24-14, Air Force rallied three-straight points to remain alive, but Lassa spiked a powerful kill to end the set, 25-17.
Moving into the fourth set with a 2-1 advantage, the Scarlet Knights maintained their consistency. From the start, RU never relinquished their lead to close the match with a final set score of 25-21.
Rutgers returns to action on Friday, Sept. 5 at the Seton Hall Tournament. The Scarlet Knights start the weekend against Siena at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
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