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The Rutgers men and women’s golf team had different expectations when the fall season began. The men returned several key players from last year, while the women came back with a young lineup of five sophomores and two freshmen. Head men’s coach Rob Shutte began the season expecting the Scarlet Knights to compete in every tournament and was not disappointed.
Following some strong showings to begin the season, the Rutgers swimming and diving team must deal with adversity for the first time this season. The Scarlet Knights (4-1) suffered their first defeat at Boston University (4-1) in dual meet action Saturday, leaving a small blemish to an otherwise flawless start to their campaign.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team suffered its first defeat of the season Saturday afternoon against Boston University. Despite strong performances from several Scarlet Knights (4-1), the Terriers (4-1) claimed first-place finishes in 10 of 16 events. “I am a little disappointed because I think we had the capability to win that meet, and the team that has shown up all year didn’t show up on Saturday,” said head coach Phil Spiniello.
As of Monday, the Rutgers volleyball team is officially a member of the Big Ten conference. In volleyball, the move is the equivalent to joining the Southeastern Conference in football. The teams are bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic, producing national championship contenders every season. Since 2004, only once has the National Championship game not featured a current member of the Big Ten.
For the first time this season, the Rutgers swimming and diving team will be racing in unfamiliar territory. The Scarlet Knights travel to Boston tomorrow to begin the first of a four-meet road trip away from the confines of the RU Aquatic Center. “I think anytime you leave your home pool it is a different atmosphere,” said head coach Phil Spiniello.
When Brittany Guinee left the Somerset Hills (N.J.) YMCA to join the Loyola (Md.) University swim team for the 2010-11 season, reuniting with Greta Leberfinger never crossed her mind. “We definitely never thought we would end up together again,” Guinee said. “Especially because she didn’t come until a year after, but we’re definitely happy with how it all worked out.”
What started as a season of excitement and promise turned into a year of frustration and disappointment for the Rutgers volleyball team. Following the best season the Scarlet Knights had under head coach CJ Werneke’s leadership, Rutgers finished this year with an abysmal 5-27 record, including 1-17 in conference play.
Joanna Wu still remembers swimming as a little kid and her aspirations of one day racing at an elite level. The only setback was that she wasn’t very fast, finishing races towards the back of the lane.The outcomes led to some frustrating nights when she wondered if her dream could ever come true.
Following a five-set loss Wednesday at Cincinnati, the Rutgers volleyball team closed its season Friday with a straight-set loss on the road against AAC regular season champion Louisville. The Cardinals’ (23-7, 18-0) well-rounded attack overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights (5-27, 1-17).
There were high-fives all around from the Rutgers swimming and diving team following its second-place finish Sunday at the Frank Elm Invitational at the RU Aquatic Center. The Scarlet Knights finished with 1321.5 points during the three-day event, just behind Columbia, which totaled 1378.52 points. Army, Wagner, West Chester, Drexel, Villanova, Massachusetts, St. Peter’s and Boston University followed behind the Knights.
With two games remaining for the Rutgers volleyball team, it is hard to predict if the squad will taste victory again this season. All the promise and ability the Scarlet Knights displayed Friday in their home win against Temple vanished in less than two days during their loss Sunday against Memphis. What is even more surprising is that the Owls (18-10, 9-7) have a better record than the Tigers (14-16, 6-10).
On a weekend when the seniors took the spotlight, a Rutgers volleyball freshman stole the show. The Scarlet Knights ended their 14-game losing streak Friday against Temple (17-10, 8-7) in four sets behind the strong performances of freshman middle blocker Lauren Cloyd and freshman outside hitter Micaela Anderson. While the team fell in four sets to Memphis (14-16, 6-10) yesterday, the victory began the senior day weekend at the College Ave. Gym.
Emotions will be high when the Rutgers volleyball team hosts its final home games of the season at the College Avenue Gym this weekend. The Scarlet Knights will play Temple (17-9, 8-6) tonight before they host Memphis (13-15, 5-9) on Sunday. For senior defensive specialist Tracy Wright and senior outside hitter Brittany Bozzini, it will be the last home games of their college careers.
Season-best times are expected for the Rutgers swimming and diving team as it prepares to host the Frank Elm Invite at the Rutgers Aquatic Center this weekend. The Scarlet Knights (4-0) have had a strong start into the season, most recently avenging last year’s defeat to long-time rival Villanova on Nov. 9. The older swimmers look stronger than years past, and the freshman swimmers and divers have impressed.
Coming off the team’s most wins since 2000, the Rutgers volleyball team knew last year’s success would be difficult to repeat. The Scarlet Knights (4-24, 0-14) collected 18 wins last season in the Big East including four conference wins, the most since head coach CJ Werneke took over six years ago.
The frustration on the faces of the members of the Rutgers volleyball team following their loss to Connecticut sums up the team’s disappointing season. The Huskies swept the Scarlet Knights in straight sets Friday at the College Ave. Gym. Not even the thunderous support from the Rutgers’ (4-24, 0-14) fan base could will the Knights to their first victory in nearly two months. “They had their way with us offensively,” said assistant coach Lindsey Lee.
If one walked into the College Ave. Gymnasium at the start of the Rutgers volleyball team’s third set Sunday against South Florida, they would not think the team has lost 13 straight games. The Scarlet Knights (4-23, 0-13) outplayed the Bulls (15-11, 9-3) for large portions of the third and fourth sets, led by a balanced attack and solid defensive rotations.
Following a dominant performance this weekend, the Rutgers swimming and diving team finds itself right where it expected to be. The Scarlet Knights (4-0) recorded several season-best times Friday and Saturday at the home quad meet, where they defeated longtime rival Villanova. But head coach Phil Spiniello remains levelheaded despite the strong start.
The Rutgers volleyball team hosted two Florida teams in the College Ave. Gym this weekend, and head coach CJ Werneke hoped their long flights would leave them vulnerable to upsets. It did not work out that way, as the Scarlet Knights (4-23, 0-13) lost to both South Florida and Central Florida to extend their losing streak to 13 games.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team produced revenge this weekend with wins against three of its former conference rivals at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. The Scarlet Knights defeated Georgetown (1-6), 251-97, Seton Hall (4-4), 244-104 and Villanova, 217-130. The Knights hosted the two-day quad meet last season, but fell to the Wildcats.