PISCATAWAY, N.J. (October 10, 2013) – The Rutgers volleyball team continues American Athletic Conference action on Friday, Oct. 11 with its lone contest of the week against UConn at 7 p.m. RU will head to Storrs, Conn. still in search of its first conference win of the year, after most recently being swept by both USF and UCF in the Sunshine State.
Sophomore libero Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) led the Scarlet Knights against the Florida schools, notching back-to-back double-digit digs. Schroeter has now managed double-digit digs in all but one of RU’s matches this season. The California native currently ranks second in the AAC with 4.90 digs/set.
Friday’s meeting will be the 30th between the two teams, with the Huskies holding a 20-9 advantage. Last year, the Scarlet Knights dropped a straight-set decision to UConn on the road.
UConn enters the match also looking for its first AAC win of the year. Overall, the Huskies own a 9-10 record and an 0-4 mark in league play. Most recently, UConn snapped a five-game losing streak with a five-set win over Sacred Heart on Oct. 8.
The Huskies are second in the American in service aces, averaging 1.43/set and are fourth in the conference in both hitting percentage (.199) and blocks (2.23/set).
UConn is led by junior outside hitter Karson Ratliff, who has put away 209 kills on the year and is fourth on the team with 36 total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Erika Thomas leads the team with 80 total blocks and is second on the squad in kills (156). Thomas is presently fourth in the AAC in blocks (1.05/set) and fifth in hitting percentage (.281).
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