Saturday, September 16, 2006
By Mike Ballard
CAMDEN - The Rutgers University-Camden volleyball team climbed to .500 for the first time in program history as the Scarlet Raptors swept Immaculata University, 30-24, 30-20 and 30-18, in a non-conference match here Saturday.
The victory leaves the Raptors with a 2-2 record, marking the first time since the program started in 2000 that Rutgers-Camden has reached .500. Coupled with their previous win over Valley Forge Christian Sept. 5, the Raptors also tied their program-record winning streak at two.
The only other time that was accomplished in program history was Oct. 20 and 22, 2005.
It was a big day all around for first-year coach Carl Taylor’s team. Rutgers-Camden established program three-game match records for most team kills (41) and most assists (31). The team also barely missed its three-game match records of 22 aces and 18 blocks, falling one short in each category. Rutgers-Camden also set a match record with a team hitting percentage of .337.
Leading the way for the Raptors was junior outside hitter Julie Grochowski (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown), who had 13 kills, six digs and two blocks. Freshman middle hitter Marci Polite (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) added 12 kills, four digs and four blocks, while sophomore outside hitter Nikki Cosico (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) notched a team-high 15 digs and freshman setter Julie Lo (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) had 27 assists and 10 digs.
Freshman middle hitter Natalie Powell (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) collected eight kills, five digs and a team-high seven service aces.
Rutgers-Camden returns to action Tuesday with its New Jersey Athletic Conference opener at Richard Stockton College. The match starts at 7 p.m