Bearcats Look to White Out Rutgers, Seton Hall|
Oct. 4, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati volleyball team will host BIG EAST foes Rutgers and Seton Hall this weekend at Fifth Third Arena in conjunction with the university’s homecoming white out promotions. The Bearcats will take on the Scarlet Knights at 3 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 5 and will meet the Pirates at 2 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 7. Fans are encouraged to wear white to both matches to support UC homecoming.
The Bearcats also will host a post-match volleyball clinic after the match on Sunday. The team will go over drills and technique with all fans ages 14 and under. The clinic will take approximately 30 minutes. Please wear athletic shoes if you wish to participate.
Cincinnati enters the match with a 4-13 overall record and a 2-2 BIG EAST mark. The team is coming off a tough 3-2 loss to crosstown rival Xavier on Oct. 2.
The Bearcats are led by a strong cast of six seniors, including two with nationally-ranked statistics. Jordanne Scott (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) ranks second in the conference and 20th in the nation with 4.43 kills/set. Also ranking among the nation’s elite is Rachel Rohlfs (Cincinnati, Ohio./Grand Valley State) who sits at third in the conference and 30th in the NCAA with 11.18 assists/game.
The Bearcats are 9-3 all-time against the Scarlet Knights and 7-0 since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2005. Since becoming league foes, Cincinnati has won by a total margin of 21-2, only dropping single sets in 2005 and 2011. In the last match between the two teams, UC downed RU 3-1 in Oct. 2011 in Piscataway, N.J. Jordanne Scott recorded a match-high 13 kills with a .435 hitting percentage.
ABOUT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers has recorded a 15-4 record this season and is 1-3 in conference play. The Scarlet Knights got off to one of the best starts in school history, winning 14 of their first 15 games, including a streak of 12-straight victories to close out non-conference play. RU is led offensively by freshman Alex Lassa with 3.74 kills/set. Stephanie Zielinski is currently leading the BIG EAST with 11.47 assists/set while Tracy Wright paces the team with 4.45 digs/set.
SETON HALL SERIES
Cincinnati holds the all-time advantage over Seton Hall 5-2, with all matches coming since 2005 when Cincinnati joined the BIG EAST. The Pirates swept the Bearcats 3-0 last season in a match played in South Orange, N.J. The loss was the first of conference play for the Bearcats and one of only two they would suffer in 2011. Emily Hayden led the Cincinnati effort with 11 kills and a .471 attacking percentage.
ABOUT THE PIRATES
Seton Hall has compiled an impressive 15-2 record this season and are ranked eighth in the NCAA with a .882 winning percentage. The Pirates also have produced a solid 3-1 conference record thus far and are led offensively by a pair of sisters. Stacey Manthorpe leads with 2.94 kills/set while Shelbey Manthorpe tallies 7.77 assists/set. Alyssa Warren leads the team, and ranks third in the conference, with 5.40 digs/set.