BROOKLYN, NY – The Cannoneers fell to 0-2 with a 3-0 loss to visiting Rutgers-Newark Thursday night in women's volleyball play at the Pratt ARC. The Scarlet Raiders evened their record at 1-1.
Pratt was undone by errors throughout the night, tallying 24 hitting errors, seven on service returns, and four ball-handling errors.
"We made a lot of physical errors," commented head coach Louis Sepulveda. "24 hitting errors as compared to their 11 is really unacceptable, plus the fact we didn't register a single block this entire match really bothers me. However, all of these things are all fixable."
After an Emelen Mikelic kill gave the Cannoneers an early 8-3 lead in the first set, the Scarlet Raiders went on an 11-to-3 run, capped off by a Comfort Akinbo kill. Momentum continued to swing Rutgers-Newark's way as they closed out the first set 25-17.
The hosts shook off early struggles in the second frame and tied the score at seven, following a kill by Rachel Goatley. However, four quick point by the Scarlet Raiders blew the set open as they cruised to another 25-17 win.
Three consecutive Marlena Todd kills helped Pratt tie Game 3 in the early stages. That would be as close as the Cannoneers would come, as errors continued to hinder any attempt at forcing a Game 4. Rutgers-Newark sealed victory on a Cassie Luken kill to give the visitors a 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 victory.
Up Next: The Cannoneers have a quick turnaround, traveling to Pennsylvania for a showdown at Rosemont College on Saturday. First serve is set for 1:00 pm.