Kristina Grkovic, Rutgers volleyball
Kristina Grkovic (JSN file photo by Christopher Shannon)

Rutgers volleyball opens season with Cavalier Classic sweep

The Scarlet Knights went 2-0 at the Cavalier Classic, beating both North Carolina A&T and Virginia. Rutgers faced the Aggies first where they defeated them in three straight sets, 25-16, 25-16 and 26-14. This victory marks the Scarlet Knights third consecutive season opening win, and is the first time since 1995, 1996 and 1997 that Rutgers has started this hot. 

For their second and last game at the Cavalier Classic, the Scarlet Knights took down Virginia 3-2. It was a very hard fought battle between the two teams, but Rutgers was able to grind out the win. Rutgers won sets two (25-22), four (25-20) and five (16-14), while Virginia won sets one (26-24), and three (25-17). 

Rutgers vs North Carolina A&T

It was a clean sweep against NC A&T with Rutgers taking all of the spotlight. The Scarlet Knights dominated in all stat columns except for errors and attempts.

Kills 44 34
Errors 8 16
Attempts 92 115
Hitting % .391 .157
Points 54.0 40.0
Assists 41 31
Aces 6 4
Blocks 4 2

Game leaders for the first match were Alissa Kinkela (Kills: 12, Block: 2), Anna Hartman (Kills: 8, Blocks: 2), Rikki Williams (Kills: 6, Blocks: 2) and Taylor Humphrey (Kills: 6). 

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Rutgers vs. Virginia

It was a scrappy battle through five sets between the Cavaliers and the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers trailed in every stat category except for blocks and hitting percentage.

Kills 48 59
Errors 26 39
Attempts 162 168
Hitting % .136 .119
Points 67.5 77.0
Assists 43 56
Aces 5 8
Blocks 14.5 10

Game leaders for the second match were Alissa Kinkela (Kills:14, Block: 1), Bekah Williams (Kills: 12, Blocks: 2), Kristina Grkovic (Kills: 8, Aces: 2, Blocks: 11) and Rikki Williams (Kills: 7, Blocks: 3). 

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Rutgers Volleyball Next Tournament

Rutgers Volleyball travels to Raleigh, North Carolina to face Winthrop, NC State and Howard in the Summit Hospitality Group Open.

  • Winthrop - August 31 - 2:00 p.m. EST
  • North Carolina State - September 1 - 6:00 p.m. EST
  • Howard - September 2 - 1:00 p.m. EST