PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 11, 2012) – In its final match of the season, the Rutgers volleyball team fell to DePaul in four sets in Chicago, Ill., Sunday. The Scarlet Knights were downed by set scores of 25-27, 34-32, 21-25 and 16-25. Rutgers is now 5-5 all-time against DePaul.
Rutgers (18-12, 4-11 BIG EAST) tallied a .224 hitting percentage to go along with 61 kills, 59 assists, 62 digs and 1.0 blocks. The Blue Demons (10-18, 5-10 BIG EAST) hit .301 while recording 60 kills, 50 assists, 56 digs and 5.0 blocks.
The 18 wins for Rutgers this season were the most for the program since the 2000 squad notched 23 and the four conference victories marked the most since the 2005 team picked up six.
Senior Stephanie Zielinski (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) totaled 53 assists and 10 digs for her 21st double-double of the season. It was the 12th time in 2012 that the setter recorded 50 or more helpers in a contest. Zielinski finished the campaign with 1,342 assists and 4,255 for her career, both second Rutgers’ all-time lists. She moved into eighth on the single-season digs list with 351 this season and finished the year fifth in the program’s history with 1,129 for her career.
Classmate Alex Jones (Chesapeake, Va.) capped her career with a season-best 18 kills. The middle blocker jumped into 10th-place on the career kills list, compiling 917 in four seasons. Fellow senior Kylie Orr (Kettering, Ohio) was second on the team with 16 kills and freshman Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) earned her 11th double-double of the campaign with 14 kills and 13 digs.
Rookie Sarah Schmid (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished her first season third on the single-season hitting percentage list with a mark of .355.
In the opening set, the Blue Demons led 16-11 before the Scarlet Knights rallied to tie it 23-23. The game went back-and-forth and was tied at 25-25 before DePaul closed it out with the final two points. Rutgers scored the first three points of the second stanza and led 24-21 before the Blue Demons went on a 4-0 run to take the lead. The two teams alternated leads before the Scarlet Knights held on for a hard-fought set win with the help of eight Lassa kills.
Rutgers fell behind early in the third game and couldn’t close the gap. The Blue Demons went on an 8-1 run in the middle of the final set to take an 18-11 lead which proved too much for the Scarlet Knights to overcome.
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