Siena College 3, Rider University 0
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University volleyball team lost in straight sets to Siena College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match on Sunday afternoon in Alumni Gymnasium.
Siena (9-10, 8-1 MAAC) won 25-14, 25-20, 25-22.
“We got out hustled,” said assistant coach Melissa Baccari. “We didn’t hit the ground enough and we were out of position too often. That lack of discipline and hustle really put us in a hole early.”
For Rider (10-7, 2-5 MAAC), junior setter Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 14 assists and nine digs with freshman libero Alaina Piszczek (Sinking Spring, Pa./Berks Catholic) adding 10 digs.
“We tried to come more prepared with our game plan but weren’t aggressive, especially early in the match,” Amatulli said. “We had our plan but couldn’t execute any of it. In the third set we picked up our communication and effort but it was a little too late.”
Siena held a 54-24 kill advantage in the match and out-attacked Rider .237 to .075.
“We made adjustments and Siena adjusted to those changes,” Baccari said. “Our serve receive was struggling today. Siena had some tough servers and that took us out of what we were trying to do.”
Siena defeated Rider 3-1 and 3-2 last season. The Saints swept the Broncs in two matches in 2011, 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. Siena has won 23 of the 26 matches in the series with the last Rider series win during the 2004 season.
The teams meet again in Loudonville, New York on November 16.
Rider has lost four straight and five of its last six matches.
The Broncs travel to Iona on October 19 for a MAAC match beginning at 1 p.m.
“We are going to focus on our hustle points and our defense,” Baccari said. “We need to execute those areas better and with more discipline.”
“Both arenas are hard to play in,” Amatulli said about playing at Iona and Manhattan next weekend. “We are going to have to communicate well to adjust for the crowd noise. We need to play aggressive and execute earlier in the matches.”