HOUSTON (November 3, 2013) – The Rutgers volleyball team fell to the Houston Cougars in four sets (23-25, 19-25, 25-13, 22-25) Sunday afternoon at the Athletics/Alumni Center. Four players finished with double-digit digs for RU, while two players tallied double-digit kills.
Second-year defensive specialist Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) set a new Rutgers single season record after picking up 11 digs in the loss. Schroeter surpassed former Scarlet Knight Shayla Bush’s mark of 463 digs from 2002 and now has 474 on the season.
Sophomore outside hitter Alex Lassa (Eagle, Colo.) notched her 11th double-double of the year in the match, finishing with a team-best 12 kills, while adding 11 digs. Junior right side Sofi Cucuz (Crown Point, Ind.) added 10 kills and also recorded four block assists.
Senior DS Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) led RU with a season-best 18 digs, while sophomore Ronnie Komisarek (San Mateo, Calif.) finished right behind her with 17 digs.
As a team, RU finished with 14 total blocks compared to the Cougars’ 11. Sophomore middle blocker Mikaela Matthews (San Diego, Calif.) turned away nine total blocks to set a new career-high, while junior middle Rachel Andreassian (Fredericksburg, Texas) and sophomore setter Anna Sudbury (Tomahawk, Wis.) each tallied five total blocks. Sudbury added 21 assists, while Andreassian contributed seven putdowns.
Houston was led by Kadi Kullerkann’s 14 kills.
After falling behind 0-2 in the match, the Scarlet Knights put together their best offensive performance of the match in the third stanza, finishing with a .324 attack percentage. RU began the set with a 9-0 advantage paced by the serving of Komisarek and never looked back. Houston trailed by as many as 13 points in the match (22-9) and was held to a .026 hitting percentage in the 12-point loss.
The hosts rebounded in the following frame however, opening the set with an 8-1 lead. Rutgers rallied back to make it a one-point game at 13-12 and went on to tie the score at 14. Houston forged forward and rattled off four straight to open an 18-14 lead, but again the Scarlet Knights came back to knot the score at 19. Three tied scores proceeded to occur (20-20, 21-21, 22-22), before the hosts scored three consecutive points to close out the set and match.
Rutgers returns “To the Banks”, Friday, Nov. 8 as it welcomes UCF for the first match of a five-game homestand.
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