STORRS, CONN. (October 11, 2013) – Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) recorded her eighth double-double of the year, but it wasn’t enough as the Rutgers volleyball team (4-15, 0-5) dropped a four-set decision to the UConn Huskies (10-10, 1-4) in American Athletic Conference action Friday evening at the Gampel Pavilion. RU opened the match with a 27-25 first set win, but went on to drop the following three frames by scores of 20-25, 24-26, 13-25 in a tightly contested battle.
“I loved the fight and unity we displayed throughout tonight’s match,” said head coach C.J. Werneke. “We turned in one of our best defensive performances of the year, but we’re still struggling offensively and have to find a way to change that.”
Lassa led the Scarlet Knights with a match-high 21 kills and added 13 digs. The Colorado native surpassed the 20-kill plateau for the fifth time this season and finished the match with a .255 hitting percentage.
Junior middle hitter Rachel Andreassian (Fredericksburg, Texas) also finished with double-digit kills in the loss. Andreassian notched 12 kills on 26 attacks to finish with a .346 clip and added a team-high seven total blocks.
Sophomore defensive specialist Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) led the RU defense with a match-high 26 digs. Senior DS Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) and second-year DS Ronnie Komisarek (San Mateo, Calif.) recorded 10 digs each to help RU’s strong defensive effort.
Second-year setter Anna Sudbury (Tomahawk, Wis.) turned in a solid all-around performance, compiling 23 assists, four kills, three blocks and three digs.
UConn had three players finish with double-digit kills, led by Karson Ratliff’s team-high 17 putdowns.
Rutgers started the contest strong, besting the Huskies in a thrilling first set victory. In the frame, the Scarlet Knights hit a match-best .341 by terminating 19 of their 41 attempts. Consecutive kills by Lassa at the end of the set broke a 25-all standstill and gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage in the match. The set featured 14 tied scores, with the largest lead for either side being three points early on.
In the second set, the Scarlet Knights managed to create a five-point lead at 10-5 following a kill by Lassa. The hosts chipped away and soon formed their own three-point lead at 17-14, before RU scored three straight to even up the score. Two tied scores followed until the Huskies were able to outscore Rutgers by a 6-1 margin to win the stanza and even the match at 1-1.
Despite falling in an early 4-0 hole to begin the third set, Rutgers rallied back to knot the score at six. The Scarlet Knights went on to lead the hosts, 14-10, midway through until a 4-0 UConn run made it a tie-game. Eight tied scores followed late into the frame but the Huskies managed to score two-straight with the set locked at 24 to earn the win.
The final set opened similarly to the first three, with both sides exchanging points until an 8-1 UConn run created separation at 15-8. Rutgers was not able to get closer than five points in the remainder of the frame.
Rutgers returns to the court on Friday, Oct. 18 at Memphis.
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