Rider University 3, Saint Peter’s University 1
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University volleyball team celebrated senior day with a milestone and pulled out a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Saint Peter’s University on Saturday afternoon.
Rider won 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-12, 25-23) in a match that featured 28 ties and 12 lead changes.
“The match went well,” head coach Christopher Feliciano said. “We recovered well after we lost a tight set in set two. The saying goes that you would rather win ugly than lose pretty and I think that would be appropriate after watching today’s match.”
For the Broncs, junior setter Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) had 24 assists, including career assist 2,000, one of only four Rider players to reach that milestone. Amatulli also had nine digs.
“It feels amazing to get my 2,000th assist,” Amatulli said. “But I could not have reached that milestone without my teammates and especially the seniors.”
Also for Rider, freshman Kaitlyn Griffin (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) had 10 kills and hit .429 while adding six blocks with Bronc rookie Alaina Piszczek (Sinking Spring, Pa./Berks Catholic) compiling 20 digs.
Rider had 13 blocks in the match.
Senior Meghan Bartsch (Cranford) also had a big match for the Broncs. In her final match in Alumni Gym, she compiled 13 digs and 12 assists.
Rider also won at Saint Peter’s by a 3-1 score on September 28 to sweep the season series. Rider also swept the Peacocks in 2012 and the Broncs lead the all-time series 21-20.
Prior to the match, Rider honored its graduating seniors, Bartsch, Knott and setter Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist).
“I don’t think we’ve ever won on senior day,” Bartsch said. “It feels amazing.”
“This was a great way to end the last home match of my career, with a win,” Sheerin said. “I’m proud of the team and how it pushed through and battled the entire season.”
“Senior day is hard,” Feliciano said. “You have three outstanding women and it is hard seeing them wear their jerseys for the last time in Alumni Gym. They will be missed but not forgotten.”
With its most wins in the last decade (15-12), Rider completes the 2013 regular season with MAAC matches at Siena November 16 and at Marist on November 17.
“I’m really happy that we clinched a .500 record,” Feliciano said. “The players have worked really hard, both on and off the court and this is something they can relish, really for the rest of their lives.”