Iona College 3, Rider University 2
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Match
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y.--Freshman Jaclyn Webber (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) had 16 digs and 16 kills with junior Brittany Gajewski (Whitehouse Station/Hunterdon Central Regional) adding 31 digs as Rider lost a five-set Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match on Saturday at Iona.
"We didn't get the win but we played a heck of a match," said head coach Christopher Feliciano. "It was great to see the growth of the team. Iona played a strong match, they hustled and we kept right with them. We played with consistency."
The Gaels won in come from behind fashion 26-24, 21-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13 in a match that featured 32 ties and 15 lead changes.
Also for Rider (4-14, 2-4 MAAC), sophomore Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) and freshman Kayla Wong (Tustin, Calif./Arnold O. Beckman) each had 12 kills with freshman Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) compiling 25 assists and 12 digs. Sheerin added seven digs and six blocks.
"We made some lineup adjustments and Megan Knott and Brittany (Gajewski) really stepped up and played well," Feliciano said. "They did a brilliant job allowing us to give Iona different looks. I'm proud of both of them and the rest of the team."
This was Rider's second five-set loss in a row and third five-set loss in the last five matches.
The Gaels lead the all-time series 22-3 with Rider last winning against Iona in 1999. Iona defeated the Broncs three times last season, 3-0 in New Rochelle, 3-0 in Lawrenceville and 3-1 in the MAAC playoffs at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Rider travels to Fairfield for a MAAC match on Sunday. The Stags defeated Loyola 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
"It was a battle that we couldn't pull off but I'm proud of the players," Feliciano said. "We bounced back from a match that we should have won on Wednesday night (against La Salle). We took ownership of how we played and made adjustments today."