Rider 3 Iona 2
Rider University 3, Iona College 2
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
Gajewski 1,000 digs / Amatulli 1,000 assists
LAWERENCEVILLE--Cardiac and milestone win for the Broncs.
The Rider University volleyball team snapped a six match losing streak with a five-set win over Iona College on Sunday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.
Rider trailed one set to none and led two sets to one before finally winning three sets to two.
"I'm going to see my doctor for blood pressure medication," head coach Christopher Feliciano half joked after the two hour and 11 minute match. "Seriously, I think we played very well. We executed our game plan with a little more consistency and pulled out an exciting win over a very good Iona team."
Rider (7-8, 1-5 MAAC) won 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 15-10.
For the Broncs, senior tri-captain Brittany Gajewski (Whitehouse Station/Hunterdon Central) had 45 digs, including career dig 1,000 and sophomore Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 42 assists including career assist 1,000. Amatulli added 21 digs for Rider.
"The match went well," Amatulli said. "All of the hitters communicated and made themselves available to make a play. The communication was great and Brit (Gajewski) was amazing. I wouldn't be where I was without her."
"It was really nice to have the team play all together," Gajewski said. "It was nice to win at home. We played our game. It gives us a little redemption for yesterday (3-0 loss to Fairfield) and for the season."
Rider improved to 4-1 in Lawrenceville this season with today's victory.
Junior Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) had 20 digs and 18 kills, hitting .204 with sophomore Jaclyn Webber (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) adding 14 digs and 12 kills with a .153 attack percentage. Sheerin also had three service aces, all in the final set as Rider built onto a 7-6 lead and Rider eventually won the final set by five.
"The match went really well," said Sheerin. "I thought Ashlee (Amatulli) did a very good job getting me the ball in one on one situations on the right side. Really, everyone worked hard and it was a team effort."
The match featured 13 ties and eight lead changes, including five ties and four lead changes in the final set. Iona out-hit Rider .174 to .143.
This is the second season in a row that Rider has defeated Iona in Lawrenceville and only the fifth time in 27 matches that the Broncs have won over the Gaels.
Rider and Iona meet in New Rochelle on November 1.
The Broncs are back in action on Saturday October 6 when Manhattan College visits Alumni Gym for a 1pm MAAC match.
"We are going to take the Manhattan match one point at a time," Feliciano said. "We are going to enjoy the win today and then it is back to work, not only on the court but in the classroom and we'll start preparing for the upcoming weekend."