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Serving, passing and defense. Those are the principles Rutgers head volleyball coach CJ Werneke instilled in his players this season. But when the Scarlet Knights (4-21, 0-11) host Central Florida (16-7, 7-3) tonight at the College Ave. Gymnasium, they will need consistency to end their 11-game winless drought.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team prepared to exact some revenge against a familiar foe. The Scarlet Knights host former Big East rivals Villanova, Georgetown and Seton Hall today and Saturday at the Rutgers Aquatic Center. Rutgers fell just short of winning the quad meet last year, as the Knights defeated the Hoyas (1-3) and Pirates (3-2) but fell just short to the Wildcats (1-4), 179-173.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team returns experience, but the incoming freshmen class could push the Scarlet Knights to new heights. The team returns 14 letterwinners from last season along with the entire 400 medley relay team that set a school record last season. The Knights also have seven freshmen, which will add depth to an already talented squad. The new swimmers have shown they can compete.
The Rutgers volleyball team prides itself on strong ball control and an organized defense. Those factors are what make the position of libero an invaluable asset. The libero provides a defensive specialist who organizes the defense through constant communication and leadership, making it a tough role to fill. For sophomore libero Ali Schroeter, the job is even more strenuous because she is deaf in one ear.
The Rutgers volleyball team traveled to Texas this weekend hoping for its first conference victory. While the Scarlet Knights lost both, sophomore libero Ali Schroeter set a new Rutgers single-season digs record. She compiled 11 digs in Sunday’s four-set loss to Houston. Schroeter has 474 digs on the season, surpassing former Knight Shayla Bush’s mark of 463 digs from 2002.
The Rutgers swimming and diving team entered the new season facing high expectations. Two events into their campaign, the Scarlet Knights proved they are up to the task. The Knights posted several top-five finishes Oct. 19 in the Sonny Werblin Invitational. Rutgers most recently won its first dual meet of the season last Friday, defeating visiting Wagner, 181-119 at the Rutgers Aquatic Center.
It is hard for the Rutgers volleyball team to find positives this season. The Scarlet Knights (4-19, 0-9) possess a nine-game losing streak and no AAC victories. They lost both home games this weekend, one of which was Sunday against formerly winless Cincinnati. It can be easy to look at the results and deem the weekend a failure, but despite the losses, the Knights feel there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
With the fall season over, the Rutgers men’s golf team enters the offseason feeling accomplished in its progress. The Scarlet Knights won their first tournament since 2009, winning Sept. 24 at the Hartford Hawks Invitational. They also capped the season Monday by capturing the Lehigh Invitational. The Knights competed in both tournaments last year but fell short of their goals. This year, the talent finally met its potential.
The Rutgers men’s golf team had very high expectations entering the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. The Scarlet Knights did not disappoint. Rutgers won the seven-team tournament, carding a 610 to close its fall season in style. The Knights beat host Lehigh by eight strokes. Though the win marks the Knights’ second tournament victory this season, head coach Rob Shutte still feels there is room to improve.
After five straight road games, the Rutgers volleyball team returned to the College Ave. Gym this weekend aiming to end a seven-game losing streak with two tough conference matches. The Scarlet Knights’ long-awaited win did not come, as they lost in five sets to Cincinnati yesterday to finish the weekend. This game followed Friday’s four-set loss to AAC leader Louisville. Rutgers (4-19, 0-9) quickly fell behind in an 11-3 hole in the fifth set against Cincinnati (1-22, 1-8).
Two years ago, Rutgers head men’s golf coach Rob Shutte led the Lehigh women’s golf team to its first-ever tournament victory. Shutte will return to Bethlehem, Pa., Sunday for the Lehigh Invitational with the same expectations for the Scarlet Knights. The Knights finished second in last year’s tournament, in part to Shutte’s affinity with the course.
Replacing seniors for any team can be a rigorous obstacle to overcome.For Rutgers head women’s golf coach Maura Ballard, losing two seniors to graduation meant inheriting one of the youngest teams of her 21-year tenure. Ballard entered the fall season with five sophomores and two freshmen. While the goal is to ultimately compete and challenge in tournaments, Ballard knew there would be growing pains.
The Rutgers women’s golf team placed last at the 15-team Hoosier Invitational yesterday in Greenwood, Ind., to close its season. The result marks the second time this season the Scarlet Knights have finished last place in a Big Ten-hosted event. They also ended the Penn State Invitational on Sept. 29 at the bottom of the field.
As the Rutgers women’s golf team travels to Greenwood, Ind., for the Hoosier Fall Invitational tomorrow and Sunday, the team’s emotions vary. While the anticipation to play another Big Ten tournament excites the Scarlet Knights, some players feel it is an opportune time to gain redemption. In their last Big Ten contest, the Knights finished last place Sept. 29 at the Penn State Invitational.
Hosting the Rutgers Invitational yesterday, the Rutgers women’s golf team looked to rebound from its last outing. The Scarlet Knights finished tied for eighth, carding a 635 scorecard in the 20-team field. The Knights carded a 309 the second day, which pleased head coach Maura Ballard. “[Three hundred and nine] is right where I think we should be every time we play,” Ballard said.
With the Rutgers men’s golf team failing to win a tournament since 2009, head coach Rob Shutte took over the program in 2012 knowing there was work to be done. Now in his third season, Shutte has not only led the Scarlet Knights to a tournament victory but also implemented a competitive environment he believes will prepare the team for long-term success.
After a disappointing result Sunday at the Penn State Invitational, the Rutgers women’s golf team prepares to host the Rutgers Invitational beginning Monday. Having had success at last year’s home tournament, the Scarlet Knights are confident they will do well. The Knights placed second out of 21 teams in last season’s invite, but three of their participants have graduated.
The Rutgers men’s golf team usually prides itself on getting better round by round in tournaments. At the 17-team Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Raleigh, N.C., the Scarlet Knights failed to improve on Monday’s impressive first-round as the team finish yesterday tied for ninth. “I thought we just didn’t convert as many puts and stuff like that,” said head coach Rob Shutte.
Rutgers head women’s golf coach Maura Ballard recalls the day she was introduced to golf. Her mother had taken her to an LPGA event in northern New Jersey and she found herself in awe of the professional lifestyle. From that day on, Ballard knew golf would become a large part of her life.
Coming off its first tournament victory since 2009, the Rutgers men’s golf team had high hopes for the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis.The Scarlet Knights finished seventh yesterday in the competitive 14-team tournament. While the team finished among the top five the last two rounds, head coach Rob Shutte believes the team could have done better had they not dug themselves an early hole.