PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 20, 2014) – Seeking its first win in conference play, the Rutgers women’s volleyball team travels to College Park, Md. to face fellow Big Ten newcomer Maryland on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. It marks the first weekday contest for RU.
The Scarlet Knights are set to make their debut on the Big Ten Network, as the match against the Terps will be televised live with Jason Knapp and Michelle McMahon on the call.
Maryland – Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
TV: BTN | Live Stats
Rutgers (7-14, 0-8) fell short over the weekend to Michigan and Michigan State. In the match against the Wolverines, the Scarlet Knights got off to their quickest start, tying their first-set season high of 20 points. The momentum carried on through the last two sets, as Rutgers recorded a season-high 38 points in conference play. RU maintained its rhythm moving to Saturday’s match against MSU. The Scarlet Knights went neck-and-neck with the Spartans, but ended up on the losing side of the contest.
Freshman outside Meme Fletcher (Overland Park, Kan.) continues to lead the offense with 182 kills. Senior setter Nicole Bayer (Concord, Ohio) paces the team with 5.24 assists per set. Fletcher and Bayer sit at sixth and seventh, respectively, in conference rankings for service aces.
Defensively, senior libero Ali Schroeter (Bakersfield, Calif.) has recorded a team-high 312 digs on the season, moving to sixth in the Rutgers career record books with 1,089 digs. Schroeter ranks fifth in the conference with 4.33 digs per stanza.
Maryland (7-12, 0-8) is in search of its first conference victory as well. The Terps shared the same opponents last weekend, also falling to the Wolverines (3-0) and the Spartans (3-0) at home.
Senior outside Ashleigh Crutcher leads the squad with 195 kills, averaging 3.42 kills per set. On the defensive side, junior libero Amy Dion paces the team in digs (258). Head coach Steve Aird is in first season at the helm of the program.
Rutgers holds a 13-5 advantage over Maryland in the all-time series. The teams most recently met in 2005, when the Scarlet Knight were topped by the Terps in three sets on the road.
Following Tuesday night’s game, Maryland will return the visit to Rutgers, arriving “On the Banks” on Saturday, Oct. 25 for a rematch at the College Ave. Gym.
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