Rider University 3, Quinnipiac University 0
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University volleyball team defeated Quinnipiac University 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Broncs won 25-19, 25-20, 25-14.
For Rider (14-10, 5-8 MAAC), junior setter Ashlee Amatulli (Meniffee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 12 assists and 10 digs and moved into fourth place all-time on Rider’s assist list with 1,949. Amatulli got Rider off to a fast start, serving seven straight points to open the match.
“We controlled the tempo of the match very well with our serving,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano. “Last time at Quinnipiac, we weren’t good at serving or receiving the ball and we changed that today.”
“I have to give all the credit to my defense, they were immaculate,” Amatulli said about the 12 assist match. “And I have to credit the coaches for telling me who to serve to in our scouting report.”
“I’m very proud of Ashlee,” Feliciano said. “She was one of my first recruits and seeing her development has been exciting. It’s been rewarding watching her grow into the position on the court and off the court as a leader.”
Also for the Broncs, freshman Kaitlyn Griffin (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) had nine kills and hit .368 while adding four digs and three service aces.
“Kaitlyn is having a great rookie campaign,” Feliciano said. “We are expecting a little more consistency from her at this point. She will have three or four great matches and then have an ok match and we want her to be great and still have a good match and not drop down to the ok matches. She had a heck of a match today.”
Rider had 14 blocks in the match, led by six from sophomore Nicole Moorman (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area HS).
“We kept Quinnipiac out of system the entire match,” Feliciano added. “Anytime you do that, you are going to win the match.”
Sophomore Brandie Hill (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) compiled 10 assists and seven digs for Rider.
The Broncs avenged a 3-1 loss at Quinnipiac (4-22, 2-11 MAAC) on October 5.
“The biggest difference from the first time we played them was our defensive effort but also our energy,” Amatulli said. “We really focused on those areas and we improved our blocking as well.”
“The blocking stepped up,” Griffin said about the difference from a month ago against the Bobcats. “Our setters were great, getting us the ball to hit around their blocks. Our defense and serve receive was also fantastic.”
Griffin is a three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week honoree, including claiming the conference accolade last week. “It’s not about me,” Griffin said. “It’s all about my teammates putting me in a good position so that I’m able to score. I have to give credit to my setters and the defense.”
This is only the second time in seven matches all-time that Rider has defeated Quinnipiac with the first win coming during the 2000 season.
Rider hosts defending MAAC champion Fairfield University on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“Fairfield is a HUGE match,” Amatulli said. “We took them to five sets on October 6 and we have to come out with that same energy.”
“We need to come out with energy on Sunday,” Griffin said about the upcoming match. “We were really cheerful today and we went out and had fun and that’s the way we are going to win matches.”
“We went to five sets the last time against Fairfield,” Feliciano said. “They are a great team, they are defending conference champions and are also on a long winning streak. We have our own goals, we are one win from clinching at least a .500 season and we have to go out and play well and play together.”