The UR women’s volleyball team had a rough couple of weeks, going 3-7 in their last 10 matches, including a five-match losing streak. Their overall record is 15-16 going into the final week of the season followed by the UAA championships.
On Oct. 5, the volleyball team took on SUNY Fredonia in the Fredonia State Tournament. They were defeated 29-31, 18-30, 19-30. Sophomores Dana Hilfinger and Emily Hunter led the team with seven kills each, while junior Jessica Rasmussen had 13 digs to lead the team.
The team then took on the College of Mount St. Joseph in the second game, again losing 17-30, 26-30, 27-30. Rasmussen and Hunter led the team with eight kills each. Sophomore Kate Lewis had 16 digs while Rasmussen led the team again with 17 defensive digs.
Rochester got back to its winning ways by beating SUNY Oneonta 30-26, 30-24, 24-30, 30-24. Four players had over 10 digs apiece for the game, while Rasmussen and Hunter led the team in kills for the second-straight game.
The volleyball team came out strong against Penn State-Behrend and won 30-21, 30-24, 30-26, finishing the tournament with a record of 2-2. Freshman Sarah Kauper led the team in kills with 12. Again, four players had more than 10 digs apiece, with Rasmussen leading the team with 20, while freshman Tayler Schweigel had 16.
Rochester next took on St. John Fisher College and won 30-21, 21-30, 30-28, 31-29. The match showcased some defensive fireworks as six players on the ‘Jackets had at least 10 digs. While Rasmussen again led the team with 22 digs, Schweigel and freshman Maura Hamilton each had 15 digs, followed by Lewis with 11 digs and Hunter and freshman Rachael Bender with 10 digs each. The offense was provided by Hilfinger and Kauper, who both provided 14 kills.
The team traveled to Case Western University to take on the UAA in the second round of round robin play. They took on Case Western and lost 22-30, 23-30, 30-24, 22-30.
The team then took on Washington University in St. Louis. Again, the team came out with a loss, 16-30, 25-30, 17-30. Rochester then played Carnegie Mellon University and played them tough before falling, 20-30, 25-30, 24-30. UR finished off the second round of round robin play by playing the University of Chicago, again losing, 28-30, 35-37,18-30.
UR followed its disappointing trip to Case Western by losing to SUNY Fredonia, 19-30, 19-30, 24-30.
The team finishes the regular season, playing Nazareth College on Oct. 24 and SUNY Geneseo on Oct. 27, followed by the UAA Championships at home on Nov. 2-3.
Maystrovsky is a member of the class of 2009.