#5 Southern California 3, Rider 0

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
Release: August 29, 2014
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Ashlee Amatulli
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)

College Volleyball
#5 Southern California 3, Rider University 0
36th Community Bankers Volleyball Classic

STOCKTON, Calif.—The Rider University volleyball team lost to fifth ranked Southern California in the 2014 season opener, hosted by the University of the Pacific at the 36th Community Bankers Volleyball Classic.

The Broncs were defeated 25-15, 25-6, 25-9.

Rider was led by senior Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) who had seven assists and six digs.

In the opening set, Rider tailed only by four points (14-10) before the Trojans scored 11 of the final 16 points to clinch the set by 10.

“We played in system and were dedicated to what we have been working on in the preseason,” head coach Christopher Feliciano said.  “Credit USC, they made some adjustments.  We played with heart and the experience will be valuable for the team moving forward.”

USC dominated the second set and used a 13-1 run, turning a 10-5 lead into an 18-point decision.

“They (USC) made better reads on our setter and on the serve receive,” said Felicano.

USC hit .520 for the match, including .700 in the second set.

Senior Kayla Wong (Tustin, Calif./Arnold O. Beckman) led Rider with six kills (attacking .308) and freshman Jennifer Borio (Ridley Park, Pa./Padua Academy) had five kills and two blocks.

“Amatulli, Wong and Borio all played well, really the whole team played fearless,” Feliciano added.  “Kayla played to the ability that we know she has, Ashlee is a phenomenal leader who played great defense and it is exciting to see Jennifer, in her first collegiate match, go toe to toe with some of the best blockers in the nation.”

Borio and Wong accounted for 12.5 of Rider's 21 offensive points.

The Trojans were 29-6 a year ago and made their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA regional finals.

Under Feliciano, who is in his fourth season, Rider had its most wins in a decade (15) and the Broncs increased their win total by 10 victories during the last two seasons.

This was the first meeting between Rider and USC in volleyball.

Rider (0-1) faces the host Tigers and Arkansas Little Rock on Saturday in the final day of competition.


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