PISCATAWAY, N.J. (September 4, 2014) – Coming off a 2-1 opening weekend, the Rutgers women's volleyball team travels to South Orange, N.J. for the Seton Hall Tournament on Friday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 6. The Scarlet Knights open the tournament with Siena on Friday at 2:00 p.m. On Saturday, RU faces Seton Hall at 12:00 p.m. and Cornell at 4:30 p.m.
Siena – Sept.5, 2:00 p.m.
Seton Hall – Sept. 6, 12:00 p.m.
Cornell – Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m.
Siena (1-2, 0-0 MAAC) opened the season at the Buffalo Invitational, defeating Lehigh 3-0 in their first match of the tournament. The Saints then faced back-to-back straight set losses against Ole Miss and host Buffalo. Senior outside Rachel Stoklosa leads the squad with 25 kills and is tied for second with 31 digs. Sophomore libero Bobbi Lin Kalama paces the team with 43 digs. Head coach Garvey Pierre enters his 12th season with the program.
Friday’s match marks the second meeting between the Scarlet Knights and the Saints. The first meeting between the teams was in 1998, where Rutgers won the match in three straight sets at the Phoenix Invitational.
Seton Hall (2-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) is coming off a 3-1 win over Florida A&M at the Hurricane Invitational. Senior outside Shelbey Manthorpe paces the Pirates with 92 assists, while twin-sister Stacey Manthorpe leads the team with 32 kills. Sophomore libero Tessa Fournier leads Seton Hall with 47 digs. The Pirates are led by third-year head coach Allison Yaeger
Rutgers holds a 19-6 advantage in the all-time series versus Seton Hall. The teams met last season at the College Ave. Gym, where RU dropped the contest with a 3-2 decision.
Cornell kicks off its 2014 campaign with the Seton Hall Tournament. The Bears finished 2013 with an overall record of 8-16 and a mark of 4-10 in the Ivy League. The team’s top returning letterwinners include senior libero Natasha Rowland and sophomore setter Alyssa Phelps. Rowland finished last season ranked second in the Ivy League and ranked 33rd in the nation in digs per set (5.06). Phelps concluded her rookie season ranked 15th in Cornell history for career assists (923). Head coach Melissa Batie-Smoose is in her third season at the helm of the program.
Rutgers leads the all-time series against Cornell 3-2. The teams met last season at the Pittsburgh Tournament, where Rutgers took home a five-set victory. Down 2-1 in the match, RU rallied in the final two sets to capture the win.
Following the Seton Hall Tournament, the Scarlet Knights wrap up their three-week road stand at the Rhode Island Tournament. The tournament is set for Friday, Sept. 12 to Saturday, Sept.13., featuring host Rhode Island, Cincinnati and NJIT.
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