Rider University 3, Nicholls State University 0
Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament
NEW ORLEANS, La.—The Rider University volleyball team opened the 2013 season with a straight set win over Nicholls State University on Friday evening in the opening round of the Kathy Trosclair Memorial Tournament, hosted by Tulane University.
“We played a clean match,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano. “We executed both our offensive and defensive systems. It was a nice combination of upperclassmen experience with some freshmen drive.”
The Broncs won 25-22, 25-14, 25-17 and hit .392 in the match.
“Bridget and Jaclyn were EXCELLENT said an enthusiastic Feliciano. “It was really a total team effort but they led the charge.”
Sophomore Nicole Moorman (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area HS) had six blocks and three kills.
“I thought Nicole’s consistency was really good,” Feliciano said about his All-Conference rookie selection. “She worked really hard in transition and was always available. She opened up the floor for other players with one-on-one situations with the setters. She was really good.”
Sheerin hit .455 with Webber hitting .421 with zero errors.
“The match went well and it felt great to start off the season with a win,” said Sheerin, a team captain who appeared in all 28 matches and all 110 sets as a junior and led the team with 276 kills. “The team played well together and worked well as a unit.
The match featured eight ties and seven lead changes.
Rider plays Tulane and Mississippi Valley State on Saturday on the final day of the tournament.
“Our goal is to continue to play with a lot of enthusiasm, pay attention to detail and focus on our systems,” Feliciano said. “When we do that, we can be very successful. Like I’ve been saying from the beginning of the year, ‘let’s just play, have fun and let’s enjoy what we’re trying to do.’”
This is the third year in a row, all under Feliciano, that Rider has opened the season with a victory.
“It was important to get off to a solid start,” Sheerin added about the season-opening win. “It shows how much we have improved, but the match also showed some of the things that we still need to work on.”
“Over the past two years, we’ve lost focus in a lot of simple volleyball areas,” Feliciano said. “In turn, it has allowed other teams to pick up too many easy points and we haven’t been able to put pressure on other teams in certain areas. With this team and the attention to detail, we had a lot of easy points today and you saw the end result was the win.”
The home opener is September 11 when the Broncs host La Salle at 7 p.m. in Alumni Gymnasium.