PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers volleyball team will participate in five major tournaments this season including the BIG EAST Challenge, which the Scarlet Knights will be hosted at the College Avenue Gymnasium.
Rutgers will play much of the 2004 season on the road, playing 13 of the first 14 matches away from the comforts of its home floor. The Scarlet Knights’ only home appearance during this 14-match stretch is an exhibition against the Chinese Professional Team on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the College Avenue Gymnasium.
Rutgers will have its first test of the season at the Penn State Tournament in State College, PA. There the Scarlet Knights will take on 2003 NCAA Championship quarterfinalist Penn State in their season opener on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Rutgers will also face NCAA first-round winner Brigham Young University on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1:00 p.m. and Quinnipiac at 4:00 p.m.
Up next for the Scarlet Knights is the Western Michigan Tournament. RU plays tournament host Western Michigan on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:00 p.m. The Scarlet Knights then wrap up tournament play with a match against Marquette on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 12:00 p.m., followed by a match against first-time opponent Maine at 4:30 p.m.
The Scarlet Knights return home to New Brunswick to take on the Chinese Professional Team Tuesday, Sept. 14, and then it is back to the road for RU as it travels north to battle tournament host Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 17, at 11:00 a.m. Rutgers will also go up against Harvard later that day at 5:00 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will then take on 2003 America East Conference champion New Hampshire on Saturday, Sept. 18.
The Scarlet Knights’ lengthy stretch of road matches will come to an end with the conclusion of the George Mason Tournament. Rutgers is slated to take on Stony Brook in the first match of the tournament on Friday, Sept. 24, at 5:00 p.m., followed by a battle with 2003 CAA champion Towson, a team that finished its season undefeated in conference play (14-0). That match is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10:30 a.m. RU will meet with tournament host George Mason in the final match of the tournament at 7:30 p.m.
Before returning home, the Scarlet Knights will make one final stop to take on 2003 Atlantic 10 Conference champion Temple on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m.
RU will return to New Brunswick to host the BIG EAST Challenge on Oct. 1-2. Connecticut and Villanova will kick off the two-day event on Friday at 4:00 p.m., followed by Rutgers and Boston College at 7:00 p.m. The consolation and championship rounds will take place the following day at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Although the challenge includes four BIG EAST members, the results will not be included in their BIG EAST regular-season record.
BIG EAST play begins for the Scarlet Knights as they have a three-match home stand against Notre Dame (Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2:00 p.m.), Syracuse (Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2:00 p.m.), and in-state rival Seton Hall (Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m.).
The BIG EAST Conference schedule will heat up for the Scarlet Knights as seven of their final eight matches will be against a conference opponent. The Scarlet Knights have a four-match road trip that begins when they take on the Manhattan Jaspers on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2:00 p.m. The second match of the road trip will find Rutgers going up against Boston College on Friday, Oct. 22. This will be the second meeting of the year for these two teams. RU will wrap-up its road trip with a match at UConn on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a match-up with St. John’s on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m.
Rutgers returns home to face 2003 BIG EAST Conference champion Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:00 p.m., followed by the final home match of the season against West Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2:00 p.m.
The Scarlet Knights close out regular-season play the same way they began the season, on the road for their two final matches. RU is scheduled to play Georgetown on Friday, Nov. 12, at 8:00 p.m. and then wrap up the regular season against Villanova on Sunday, Nov. 14.
Rutgers, under the direction of 11th-year head coach Ann Leonard-House, will return 11 letterwinners and five starters from a 2003 team that posted an 11-17 overall record and a 5-7 mark in BIG EAST play.
2004 Rutgers Women's Volleyball Schedule
Penn State Tournament
Fri. Sept. 3 at Penn State 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 4 vs. Brigham Young 1:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 4 vs. Quinnipiac 4:00 p.m.
Western Michigan Tournament
Fri. Sept. 10 at Western Michigan 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 11 vs. Marquette 12:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 11 vs. Maine 4:30 p.m.
Tue. Sept. 14 Chinese Professional Team TBA(Exhibition)
Rhode Island Tournament
Fri. Sept. 17 at Rhode Island 11:00 a.m.
Fri. Sept. 17 vs. Harvard 5:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 18 vs. New Hampshire 11:00 a.m.
George Mason Tournament
Fri. Sept. 24 vs. Stony Brook 5:00 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 25 vs. Towson 10:30 a.m.
Sat. Sept. 25 at George Mason 7:30 p.m.
Tue. Sept. 28 at Temple 7:00 p.m.
Big East Challenge @ Rutgers University
Fri. Oct. 1 Connecticut vs. Villanova 4:00 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 1 RU vs. Boston College 7:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 2 Consolation Round 1:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 2 Championship Round 4:00 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 9 NOTRE DAME* 2:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 10 SYRACUSE* 2:00 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 15 SETON HALL* 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 17 at Manhattan 2:00 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 22 at Boston College* 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 24 at UConn* 2:00 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 29 at St. John’s* 7:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 5 PITTSBURGH* 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 7 WEST VIRGINIA* 2:00 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 12 at Georgetown* 8:00 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 14 at Villanova* 2:00 p.m.
Home matches in CAPS
* BIG EAST match