La Salle University 3 Rider University 2
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--Trailing two sets to none, the Rider University volleyball team rallied to tie the match at two sets each before losing 15-11 in the final set against La Salle University Wednesday evening at Tom Gola Arena.
"We need to play with discipline and stay in our system the whole match," said head coach Christopher Feliciano. "We can't wait and start playing after we're down in a big hole."
The Explorers held on for a 25-14, 26-24, 17-25, 16-25, 15-12 win.
For Rider (6-4), sophomore Kayla Wong (Tustin, Calif./Arnold O. Beckman) had 14 kills and 10 digs to go along with four service aces.
"Kayla has been in a funk the last few matches," Feliciano said. "She simplified her approach and had a great match."
Also for the Broncs, sophomore Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 35 assists, 14 digs and four aces with junior Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) adding 13 digs, 10 kills and four blocks.
"Ashlee made some good decisions," said Feliciano. "She struggled at the beginning and we subbed her out and when she came back in, she refocused and did a nice job."
Rider had its two match winning streak snapped.
Senior Stephanie Nagy (Muscatine, Iowa/Muscatine) compiled 11 kills and hit .417 to go along with a team-leading five blocks.
Rider out-hit La Salle .229 to .197.
La Salle leads the all-time series 24-12 in the series that started in 1980. Rider lost to La Salle 3-2 in Lawrenceville in 2011. The Explorers defeated Rider 3-0 in Philadelphia to open the 2010 season.
"I'm glad we don't give up in matches," Feliciano added. "But we definitely let a match get away tonight and that is disappointing. We were leading in the second set and let La Salle back in it. We had a 4-1 lead in the fifth set and didn't finish the match."
The Broncs travel to Western New York for a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches against defending conference champion Niagara (September 22) and Canisius on September 23.
"We're worried about getting back in the gym and focusing on getting better," Feliciano said about the break in the schedule. "We'll worry about Niagara next week, right now, we just have to work harder and that starts at practice on Thursday."