Griffin MAAC Rookie of the Year
Rider’s Griffin MAAC Rookie of the Year
Ackermann MAAC All-Rookie Team
Nine Broncs MAAC All-Academic
LOUDONVILLE—Freshman Kaitlyn Griffin of the Rider University volleyball team was named the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year it was announced Friday evening at the awards banquet, hosted by Siena College.
Griffin, along with freshman Ryan Ackermann (Leesburg, Va./Stone Bridge) was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team in voting by the league head coaches.
“We are extremely proud of both Ryan and Kaitlyn making the All-Rookie team,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano said. “Their hard work and dedication to both our system and teamwork were tremendous.”
A middle hitter from Chesapeake, Virginia (Hickory), Griffin is fourth in the MAAC and leads all freshman with a .300 hitting percentage and is eighth in service aces with 29.
Griffin led Rider in kills (249), kills per set (2.52), total blocks (97), and points per set (3.38), playing all 29 matches and 99 of 105 sets as Rider finished 15-14 this season.
“Kaitlyn winning the Rookie of the Year award is a testament to the improvement of our serve receive and our setting selections,” said Feliciano. “Her production was instrumental to our season. As a staff, we believe that she is a very special player who makes everyone else around her better.”
Griffin was named MAAC Rookie of the Week five times this season on September 3, September 9, October 29, November 5 and November 12.
Ackermann, from Leesburg, Va. (Stone Bridge), played in all 105 sets and was second on the team in kills (244), kills per set (2.32), digs (254) and digs per set (2.32) while compiling 33 blocks.
“Ryan was tremendous this year,” Feliciano said. “We are very excited to have her on the floor for the next three years at the critical outside hitter position. The development of her shot selection and consistency in ball control this spring will allow Ryan to continue to grow into what we believe will be a top tier outside hitter in the conference.”
Under Feliciano, the Broncs enjoyed a six-win improvement from 2011 to 2012 and Rider increased its win total by another four matches this season.
As strong as Rider was on the court, the Broncs were equally strong in the classroom, placing nine student-athletes on the MAAC All-Academic team.
Earning All-Academic honors was sophomore Caitlin Hess (Cool, Calif. /Golden Sierra), sophomore Brandie Hill (Portland, Ore./Lincoln), junior Rachel Jensen (Buena Park, Calif./Troy), senior Megan Knott (West Caldwell/James Caldwell), junior Kelsey Kowalski (Wrightstown/Northern Burlington), sophomore Nicole Moorman (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area HS), senior Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist), senior Jaclyn Webber (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) and junior Kayla Wong (Tustin, Calif./Arnold O. Beckman).
To be eligible for All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher and have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.
Jensen is an English major with a 3.83 grade point average, Hess is a Behavioral Neuroscience major with a 3.73 g.p.a., Webber is a Biology major with a 3.58 g.p.a., and Moorman is an Elementary Education major with a 3.51 grade point average.
Kowalski is a Management and Leadership major with a 3.30 g.p.a., Hill is a Business major with a 3.29 grade point average, Knott is a Secondary Education major with a 3.27 g.p.a., Sheerin is a Business major with a 3.26 grade point average and Wong is a Business Information Systems major with a 3.24 g.p.a.
Rider returns 12 letterwinners for the 2014 season.