HARRISONBURG, VA – The Rutgers women’s volleyball team (2-3) secured its first two wins of the season by defeating Georgia Southern 3-0 (30-20, 30-26 and 30-23) and Oregon 3-2 (27-30, 30-27, 30-23, 28-30 and 15-13) in its first two matches of the Madison Invitational, hosted by James Madison University.
The Scarlet Knights picked up their first win of the season in convincing fashion against the Georgia Southern. They committed only eight errors and posted a .462 hitting percentage in the match. Sophomore Ashleigh Young (Albany, OR) led three Knights in double figures with a career-high 13 kills and committed zero attack errors for a .650 hitting percentage. Senior Shayla Bush (Spokane, WA) led the team in digs with eight and junior setter Abbey Martin (Topeka, KS) led the Knights once again in assists with 44.
The second match of the day would prove to be much tougher than the first, as RU was taken to a fifth set by Oregon. The Scarlet Knights held a 2-1 lead before the Ducks tied the score at two games a piece, but Rutgers committed only one attack error in the final game to take the match 3-2. Junior Dawn Christjaener (Huntington Beach, CA) continued her strong early season play by leading the team with 24 digs and Bush contributed 22 kills in the winning effort.
The Scarlet Knights return to the court tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 6, at 7:00 p.m. for their last match of the tournament against host JMU.