Rider University 3, Delaware State University 0
LAWRENCEVILLE—Led by 11 kills and a .562 attack percentage from senior Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist), the Rider University volleyball team swept Delaware State University 3-0 on Wednesday evening in Alumni Gymnasium.
“We played a nice match,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano. “We received contributions from the entire team. The night went well. We played well for the first time in a while.”
“Ashlee (Amatulli) gave me a lot of good sets and put me in good situations,” Sheerin said. “As a team, we communicated well together.”
“Bridget played well,” said Feliciano. “She can hit for power but also hit a spot to take a team out of system. She loves going out on her own and watching video of the opponents and that preparation shows. She knows what will be open and available. As a senior, her teammates look up to her and feed off her poise.”
Rider (12-8) won 25-10, 25-22, 25-20, eclipsing the team win total from a season ago when the Broncs went 11-17.
“It’s important to do better each year,” said Feliciano. “We play for a phenomenal University and great administrators and we want to continue to rebuild this program. We got to 11 wins last year but left a lot of matches on the floor when we were up 2-0 and 2-1 and didn’t win the match. You always want to keep improving. And what I love about this team is that they are never satisfied and they want to keep getting better. Kudos to them; I am very proud of their hard work and dedication.”
“It’s a great feeling to get the 12th win tonight,” Sheerin said. “There is a group of us that stuck with it when we were 5-25 a few seasons ago so to be at 12 wins right now feels amazing.”
Also for the Broncs, junior Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 16 assists and six digs with freshman Kaitlyn Griffin (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) adding six blocks and junior Jaclyn Webber (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) compiling 15 digs and three service aces.
“We are a well balanced team,” Feliciano said. “I was able to see some things tonight that showed we have some depth and if we run into any injuries, we know we will be prepared for another player to step in and do the job when called upon. Even though it was a non-conference match, it was important to see that depth.”
The match featured 20 ties, 17 in the second set.
“Compliments to Delaware State,” Feliciano said. “They didn’t back down at all and they gave us a battle, especially in sets two and three. You can’t tell me by watching them that they are 2-17 this season. They are fast and athletic. Even when they got down, they constantly communicated and I hope our players learned something by watching their work ethic and desire. They are way better than their record and they never quit. They fought and competed.”
Rider improves to 5-0 all-time against Delaware State. Rider and DSU last met on October 25, 2012, when the Broncs won 3-1, including three 25-23 sets in a row after losing the opening set 25-10 to the Hornets.
“It was nice to play well at home,” Feliciano added.
Rider hits the road for its annual Western, New York trip, taking on Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rivals Canisius (October 26) and Niagara (October 27).
“I expect us to continue to play good volleyball and come out with a win,” Sheerin added about the upcoming weekend. “It’s a tough trip but we will be prepared to take care of business.”