Canisius 3 Rider 0
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  09/23/2012

Kayla Wong 9 digs, 4 blocks Sunday
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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College Volleyball
Canisius College 3  Rider University 0
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match

BUFFALO, N.Y.--The Rider University volleyball team was swept at Canisius College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match on Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Griffins (7-7) improved to 4-0 in the MAAC with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 win over Rider (6-6, 0-3 MAAC).

"We played well in spurts," said head coach Christopher Feliciano.  "We are still lacking that consistent effort from beginning to end.  We forced Canisius into a lot of errors and even though we got swept, we were in the driver's seat for the majority of the match; we just didn't finish."

For the Broncs, senior Brittany Gajewski (Whitehouse Station/Hunterdon Central Regional) had 17 digs with sophomore Kayla Wong (Tustin, Calif./Arnold O. Beckman) adding nine digs and four blocks.  Gajewski now has 953 digs in her career at Rider.

Sophomore Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 19 assists and four digs for Rider.

The Broncs were out-hit .200 to .147.

Rider held an 18-10 lead in the third set with Canisius ending the match on a 15-5 run.

Canisius is 20-3 all-time against Rider and the Golden Griffins have won 13 in a row over the Broncs.

"We had a huge lead in the third set," said Feliciano.  "We are still learning how to beat the top teams in the conference.  When we get a lead, we can't be satisfied, we have to put the set away and believe that we can do these things and be successful.  It requires extra effort, all the time."

The Broncs travel to Manhattan for a MAAC match Wednesday evening.

"All of the MAAC matches, we've been in the match," Feliciano said.  "If we continue to play with that effort, I think we will be successful Wednesday at Manhattan."

Rider returns to Alumni Gymnasium September 29 and 30 when the Broncs host Fairfield and Iona in a pair of MAAC matches, beginning at 1pm.


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