Rider University 3, Saint Peter's University 0
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
LAWRENCEVILLE--The Rider University volleyball team won its third match in a row, defeating Saint Peter's University 3-0 on Sunday in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match.
"A win is a win," said head coach Christopher Feliciano. "Saint Peter's is much improved and I felt we were very flat. They (Saint Peter's) out-hustled us and that's what I'm disappointed about. We didn't execute the offense as best as we could. I think we played not to lose instead of going out there to win."
The Broncs won 25-23, 25-21, 25-16 in a match that featured 19 ties and nine lead changes.
For Rider (9-8, 3-5 MAAC), sophomore Jaclyn Webber (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) had 16 kills, 15 digs and two blocks, hitting .222 with junior Bridget Sheerin (Oaklawn, Ill./Marist) adding 13 digs and 11 kills while hitting .276.
Rider out-hit Saint Peter's (1-21, 0-8 MAAC) .259 to .120.
"We just kept the ball in play instead of just ending a point," Feliciano said. "We tipped too many balls instead of making an aggressive play."
"Webber, Sheerin and Nagy, they have that 'we want to finish this now' mentality and that needs to permeate through to the rest of the team," Feliciano said. "We need more of that leadership across the board and we need to play with more heart and more discipline, not some of the time but all of the time and in everything they do, both on and off the court."
Junior Meghan Bartsch (Cranford) had 18 assists and four digs for Rider.
The Broncs defeated Saint Peter's three times in 2011 and Rider has won 18 of the 38 matches all-time in the series.
"We need to bring effort every match, no matter who we are playing," Feliciano added.
This was the first time Rider has won three straight conference matches since the end of the 2004 season.
"Changing the culture of the program is something that we will be proud of after the season," said Feliciano. "That is a great thing to be part of but what drives this team is to be successful every match and rewriting history will take care of itself. We are more focused on the five MAAC losses and some of the matches we think we let get away. We need to be hungry to keep winning and not focus on a specific streak or number."
Rider improved to 6-1 at home this season.
Rider hits the road for three straight matches, traveling to Marist and Siena October 13-14 before the return conference match at Saint Peter's on October 17.
"A positive is that we aren't happy with how we played today," said Feliciano. "It is a learning process and we are going to go after it on Tuesday in practice and work hard, one point at a time."