PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers volleyball team (12-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) hit a dominating .467 en route to a 3-0 (30-17, 30-18 and 30-25) victory over Seton Hall (6-16, 0-3 BIG EAST) on Friday, Oct. 15, at the Rutgers College Avenue Gymnasium.
Rutgers jumped out to a commanding lead in the first game, hitting .485 with 19 kills and just three errors. For as good as the Scarlet Knights were in the first game, they were even better in the second game recording an impressive .515 hitting percentage on 20 kills and only three errors.
RU was led by sophomore Lora Yankauskas (Paramus, NJ), who has continued her outstanding play registering a match-high 19 kills. Senior Dawn Christjaener (Huntington Beach, CA) tallied 11 kills, while Stephanie Travioli (Arlington, TX) added 10 kills of her own. Senior Abbey Martin (Topeka, KS) once again led Rutgers with a match-high 44 assists.
The Scarlet Knights were a major force on the defensive end, out blocking the Pirates 10 to one. Junior Ashleigh Young (Albany, OR) led the way with five block assists, followed by senior Addie Thiry (Louisville, KY) with four and Yankauskas with four total blocks. Christjaener led the team with 12 digs and junior Courtney Stout (San Marcos, CA) added eight to help bolster RU’s strong defense.
“I think we were much more efficient. We played a lot more aggressive and we brought our errors down,” said head coach Ann Leonard-House. “It was a total team effort.”
Rutgers will travel to Riverdale, NY to take on the Manhattan Jaspers at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.