Rider University 3, Fairleigh Dickinson 0
HACKENSACK—The Rider University volleyball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson University in straight sets on Wednesday evening.
The Broncs won (25-18, 25-11, 25-19) over FDU (0-5).
“There were bits and pieces where we played very well,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano. “There were also spots where we seemed a little anxious and that resulted in a lot of unforced errors, especially in the opening set.”
For Rider (3-1), freshman Ryan Ackermann (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge) had 12 kills and five blocks with junior Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) compiling 20 assists including career assist 1,500.
Griffin continued her strong play which last week, resulted in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week honors.
“The team is experiencing things that they haven’t faced over the past two seasons,” Feliciano said. “There is pressure in trying to turn things around and there is pressure to keep positive things going. That’s a good kind of pressure and we are still getting used to that as a program.”
Rider defeated the Knights 3-2 in Lawrenceville last season, holding on for the win after giving up a two sets to none lead.
“This win was nice,” Feliciano added. “We went five sets with FDU the last two times and to just go out and dominate the match was important. We have our younger players continuing to make the adjustments to the collegiate game and also have our upperclassmen continuing to lead them. It was a solid team effort across the board.”
Former Northeast Conference rivals, Rider and FDU have now met 41 times, with the Broncs winning 19. Fairleigh Dickinson defeated Rider 3-1 at the Lafayette Tournament and edged out a 3-2 win at Stratis Arena in Hackensack, both during the 2010-11 season.
Rider travels to New York for the Saint Francis Brooklyn Terrier Invitational this weekend, opening against Howard Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The Broncs will then face the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Saint Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.
“This is going to be a tough tournament,” Feliciano said about the upcoming weekend. “Howard is very much improved, they took a set off Georgetown and defeated George Mason. NJIT and Saint Francis are also tough, gritty teams. It’s going to be difficult with only one day of practice until we play again but we are up to the challenge. I’m hitting the video tonight and our opponents will be well scouted by tomorrow.”
Rider’s home opener is Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Gymnasium against La Salle.