Rider Adds Four
LAWRENCEVILLE—Rider University volleyball coach Christopher Feliciano has announced the addition of McKayla Huntley (Lake Stevens, Washington), Sarah Lindley (Springfield, Oregon), Samantha Streibick (Middletown, Ohio) and Alaina Piszczek (Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania) as members of the class of 2017.
"My staff and I are very excited about the 2013 recruiting class," Feliciano said. "In one class we have added competitive depth, tremendous talent and athletes who come from a winning tradition and understand what it takes to win and the work ethic to make it possible. I believe that we identified some of our short comings and have added some really good student-athletes to address those needs."
A 6-2 middle blocker and scholar athlete from Lake Stevens High School, Huntley was a four-year letterwinner for the Vikings, earning First Team All-Area and First Team All-Conference honors as a senior team captain.
“McKayla is a diamond in the rough type of player,” said Feliciano. “She is very aggressive in transitions and makes herself available throughout a long rally and she will also help in blocking which was a priority in our recruiting. She is a natural swing blocker that many times will have her head and shoulders over the net. I expect her to compete for playing time right away.”
Huntley also lettered in track and field, competing in the high jump and is planning on majoring in Elementary Education/English at Rider.
A 5-2 libero/defensive specialist, Lindley was a four-year letterwinner at Thurston High School where she was a three-time defensive Most Valuable Player and two-time All-League honoree for the Colts.
“Sara is a welcome addition at the libero position,” Feliciano said. “She is fiery and determined to make those around her better. Mechanically she was hands down one of the better passers that I saw on the recruiting trail this year.”
A member of the National Honor Society and class Salutatorian after four years on the academic honor roll, Lindley is planning to major in Biology with a career goal of medical school and becoming a surgeon.
A 6-0 middle blocker (right side), Streibick comes to Lawrenceville from Monroe High School where she was a four-year letterwinner and team captain, earning First Team All-League SWBL, First Team All-District and SWBL Player of the Year honors as the Middies went undefeated (22-0) and were the SWBL champions.
“Samantha brings a dimension to the right side position for us that we have been working to improve the past couple of seasons,” said Feliciano. “She can move from both the middle and right side and has the ability to score both offensively and defensively. She also led her team to a district championship this past year so she knows what to except when the pressure is on. She will have a great opportunity to learn from our current right side hitters as she makes the transition from club to Division I volleyball.
A member of the National Honor Society, Honor Roll and Principal’s List, Streibick was also a Jesse Mayabb Scholar Athlete Award winner and was recognized with the Anthony Munoz Leadership Award.
Streibick is planning on majoring in Psychology.
A 5-5 libero/defensive specialist, Piszczek comes to Rider from Berks Catholic High School where she lettered twice for the Saints, earning Berks County All-Team and All-District III honors.
“I believe that we were very fortunate to land Alaina,” Feliciano said. “She comes from the top East Coast volleyball club (Synergy) where she has competed for multiple national championships at the open level for USA Volleyball. With only having one returning defensive specialist on the roster, we needed to bolster this position and we did. Alaina has phenomenal touch and a nose for the ball. She is great setting the ball when out of system and she has a winning background. She definitely brings that libero presence in the serve receive and defensively where opposing teams will keep the ball away from her.”
Piszczek also lettered twice for Holy Name High School and set the school service ace record as a sophomore.
Earning Second academic honors, Piszczek is planning on majoring in Management and Leadership in the fall.
Huntley, Lindley, Streibick and Piszczek join middle blocker Kaitlyn Griffin (Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia) and outside hitter Ryan Ackermann (Stone Bridge High School in Virginia) who announced their intention to attend Rider this past fall.
Coming off its most wins in nearly a decade, Rider returns 12 letterwinners for the fall, 2013 season under Feliciano who begins his third season as head coach of the Broncs.
"With an outstanding 12 returning players and a phenomenal recruiting class, we have all the tools to continue the rebuilding process and focus on being more competitive within the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference," Feliciano added.