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The Mason women’s volleyball team lost to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Rutgers Invitational tournament on Friday. Courtesy photo.

The George Mason women’s volleyball team opened up the Rutgers invitational tournament with a loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Friday, Sept. 10.

The Patriots were defeated in five sets by the host Scarlet Knights. Junior Noelle Fanella had a team high 15.5 points as well a lead with 14 kills.

Sophomore Danielle Cook had a team high .571 shooting percentage. Sophomore Lauren Goodell led the team with 31 assists. Freshman Laura Spencer led the team with 3 blocks. Junior Kelly McCarter led with 16 digs.

The Patriots battled back from a 2-1 deficit in the match only to lose in the fifth set by a score of 15-10.

The Patriots hoped to rebound against the TCU Horned Frogs and Princeton Tigers the following day.

The Patriots troubles at the Rutgers invitational tournament continued Saturday morning when they were swept by the TCU Horned Frogs.

Fanella again led the team in scoring, this time with 10.5 points. Fanella also led with 6 kills for the Patriots. Senior Fernanda Bartels led with a .800 shooting percentage.

Bartels also led with 19 assists and 18 digs. Laura Spencer again led the team with three blocks.

The Patriots troubles in Rutgers continued in the finale against the Princeton Tigers. The Patriots were again swept by their opponent and fell to 4-6 on the season.

Senior Holly Goode and Fanella led the team with 11.5 points. Goode led the team with 11 kills in the match. Spencer had an impressive 1.000 shooting percentage in limited action. Bartels again led the team in assists this time with 30. McCarter led the team with 14 digs.

It was a disappointing weekend for the Patriots who led Rutgers without winning a match and lost their last seven sets.

The team hopes to rebound next weekend against the Stony Brook Seawolves and Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.