PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers evened its record at 4-4 in its first match of the Clarion Suites Classic with a hard-fought 3-0 (31-29, 30-28 and 30-26) victory over Delaware (2-5) on Friday, Sept. 12.
The Scarlet Knights battled back from an early deficit in game one of the match and continued to play strong throughout the next two extremely tight games to secure the victory in their first home match of the season.
“I think we battled well,” 10th year Rutgers head coach Ann Leonard-House said. “I think the team did very well in adverse situations, and they didn’t worry about the score. They just kept pushing.”
RU was led by senior Shayla Bush’s (Spokane, WA) 14 kills and 15 digs. Junior Dawn Christjaener (Huntington Beach, CA) added a double-double of her own with 13 kills and 11 digs, while junior setter Abbey Martin (Topeka, KS) fell one dig short of a double-double as she contributed 37 assists and nine digs. Delaware was led in kills by junior Valerie Murphy with 11 and in assists by freshman Jocelyn Greenwald with 17.
In the first match of the evening, George Washington (7-0) kept its perfect record intact by defeating St. Peter’s 3-1 (32-30, 30-14, 22-30 and 30-14). Ruth Lazzari had 20 kills and 19 digs while Sarah Hokom added 20 kills and 12 digs for the Colonials. Serra Soylu led the Peahens (1-7) with 15 kills and Alma Qose contributed 29 assists.
The Clarion Suites Classic will resume tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 13, when George Washington plays Delaware at 10:00 a.m. RU will face St. Peter’s at 1:00 p.m., Delaware will meet St. Peter’s at 4:00 p.m., and Rutgers will finish up the tournament at 7:00 p.m. against George Washington.