Manhattan College 3, Rider University 1
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University volleyball took a set off first place Manhattan College but could not hold on as the Jaspers came back for a 3-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win on Wednesday evening in Alumni Gymnasium.
The Jaspers won 25-13, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16.
“I’m really proud of how the team played tonight,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano. “They didn’t quit, continued to fight and continued to work. That’s all we want to see on a daily basis.”
For Rider (14-12, 5-10 MAAC) freshman McKayla Huntley (Lake Stevens, Wash./Lake Stevens) had 10 kills and hit .529, making only one error with junior Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) adding 25 assists and 14 digs. Amatulli now has 1,992 assists in her Bronc career.
“McKayla played the best match of her collegiate career,” said Feliciano. “The expectation is that she builds on that and continues to grow into the player everyone sees her becoming.”
Also for the Broncs, freshman Kaitlyn Griffin (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) had 12 kills, 11 digs and three blocks with junior Jaclyn Webber (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) adding 12 digs and 10 kills. Griffin is a four-time MAAC Rookie of the Week honoree, having been recognized by the conference two weeks in a row.
Manhattan avenged a 3-2 loss to Rider in Riverdale, New York on October 20.
“Nothing was different from the first time we played them,” Feliciano said. “We just didn’t recover well after we lost a close battle (25-23) in the third set. We were up by a decent amount and Manhattan battled back. While you don’t ever want to lose, you can walk out of the gym, knowing that you didn’t get out played and that you left everything on the floor. This was a good effort and we just came out on the wrong side.”
Rider and Manhattan also split two MAAC matches during the 2012 season with each team winning on its home floor.
Rider hosts Saint Peter’s in the final home match of the 2013 season. Prior to the match, the Broncs will honor their graduating seniors, Meghan Bartsch (Cranford), Megan Knott (West Caldwell/James Caldwell) and Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist).
“It’s going to be a little sad on Saturday,” Feliciano said. “I’ve known Megan (Knott) a very long time, both on the high school and club levels and I’ve coached Meghan (Bartsch) on the club level and Bridget (Sheerin), she was part of my first recruiting class. I have had the privilege of watching these young ladies grown into adults and I’m going to miss them very much. We will celebrate the hard work of four years, both on the court and in the classroom. These are players that are dear to me and to the team as well.”