Siena College 3, Rider University 1
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.--The Rider University volleyball team lost its second straight match, losing at Siena College 3-1 despite 11 kills each from junior Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) and senior Stephanie Nagy (Muscatine, Iowa/Muscatine).
The Saints won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match 25-20, 22-25, 25-19, 25-11, out-hitting the Broncs .240 to .161.
"Several players, including both our middles did an excellent job in the match in the first three sets," said head coach Christopher Feliciano. "The team has to be able to perform as a collective on the road. Yesterday (against Marist), we had players perform well and today, other players performed better but the players that did well yesterday didn't do as well today. They need to understand that on the road, all they have is each other."
Rider dropped to 1-9 on the road (3-9 including two neutral court wins) with the Broncs holding a 6-1 record in Lawrenceville.
Also for Rider (9-10, 3-7 MAAC), sophomore Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 39 assists and 10 digs with senior Brittany Gajewski (Whitehouse Station/Hunterdon Central) compiling 28 digs.
"Brittany was back to her old self and Ashlee did a phenomenal job as well running the offense," said Feliciano.
Junior Megan Knott (West Caldwell/James Caldwell) added 12 digs and nine kills for the Broncs.
Siena swept the Broncs in two matches last season, 3-1 in Lawrenceville and 3-0 in Loudonville. Siena swept Rider 3-0 and 3-1 in the two MAAC matches in 2010 and the Saints also posted 3-0 and 3-1 wins over the Broncs in 2009.
The teams meet again November 10th for the MAAC rematch in Lawrenceville.
Rider travels to Saint Peter's University on Wednesday for a MAAC match at 7pm.
"We want to get back to the win column," Feliciano said about the upcoming match at Saint Peter's who the Broncs defeated in three sets on October 7. "We've been flirting with .500 the entire year and we had a goal of at least hitting the 10 win mark for the season. It's mid-October and we have a realistic chance to far exceed that goal and that's a positive and a great thing."