Nov. 14, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -- Looking to close the season sweep against its long-time conference rival, the UConn women's volleyball team (11-17, 2-11 American) heads to New Jersey on Friday to square off with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (4-23, 0-13 American). The Huskies defeated the Scarlet Knights 3-1 in Storrs on Oct. 11. First serve from College Ave Gym is set for 7 p.m.
Friday's match will be the final conference match against RU, as the Scarlet Knights will join the Big Ten in 2014. UConn and Rutgers have squared off in conference play, formerly in the BIG EAST and now in The American, each year since RU joined the BIG EAST in 1995. Overall, in a series dating back to 1977, UConn holds a 21-8 edge over its east coast neighbor.
In the match-up earlier this year, UConn bounced back from a first set loss to win the next three for a 3-1 victory. Karson Ratliff (Wake Forest, N.C.) led the Huskies with 17 kills and five total blocks in the win, while Immanuella Anagu (Culver City, Calif.) added 10 kills and seven total blocks. Hayley Cmajdalka (College Station, Texas) was the third Husky in double figures with 10 kills, and setter Marissa Prinzbach (Cincinnati, Ohio) just missed a double-double with 42 assists and nine digs. Brianna Datti (Durham, N.H.) anchored the UConn defense with 23 digs. Rutgers got a 21-kill, 13-dig double-double from Alex Lassa in the setback.
Ratliff is UConn's leading attacker on the season, averaging a team-high 2.90 kills/set with 302 total kills. Erika Thomas (Ocoee, Fla.) is second on the team with 217 kills, picking up her 2.01 k/s with a team-high .263 hitting percentage. Thomas also averages 1.11 blocks/set to lead the squad and place seventh in The American. Prinzbach has dished out a league-high 1,035 assists on the year, while Datti leads UConn with 464 digs (4.26/s).
Rutgers is led by Lassa on the offensive end, with the sophomore leading the team with 340 kills and 3.33/set. Anna Sudbury and Nicole Bayer average 4.77 and 4.90 assists/set, respectively, to pace the attack, and Alie Schroeter is third in the conference with 4.67 digs/set.
Following the match at Rutgers, UConn has a six-day layoff before returning home for its final two games of the season at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies host Memphis on Friday, Nov. 22 at 12 p.m. before welcoming Temple on Senior Day on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m.