Broncs’ Briefs

Men’s basketball team to host alumni game

The men’s basketball team will hold an alumni game on Saturday, Nov. 17. The game is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., before the team’s home opener against the University of Delaware at 3 p.m.

Kevin Bannon and Don Harnum will be the honorary coaches for the game. Bannon won 131 games behind the Rider bench and took the team to two NCAA tournaments, five conference title games and three regular season crowns. Harnum, who is now the Director of Athletics, won 127 games while coaching here to go along with two MAAC regular season championships, and an NIT appearance.

Volleyball team drops three conference games

The Broncs (2-25, 0-17 MAAC) went down 3-0 to St. Peter’s (13-20 overall, 6-10 MAAC) last Saturday. Rider was defeated 31-29, 30-20 and 30-27.

Freshman Katelyn Thompson had a ‘double-double’ with 12 kills and 11 digs. Freshman Amanda Piccolini led the Broncs with 32 assists to go along with her 12 digs. Sophomore Amy Jeary led the Broncs with 21 digs, her fifth 20 plus dig effort of the season.

The Broncs’ slide continued when they dropped a 3-2 decision to Iona the next day. The Gaels (13-16 overall, 10-6 MAAC) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the game when they won the first two sets 30-21 and 30-22. Rider was able to tie it up winning the next two 30-18,and 31-29, but Iona closed it out in the fifth match 15-13.
Rider had four people pick up ‘double-doubles.’ Junior Lacey Johnson had 23 kills and 16 digs, Thompson had 14 kills and 12 digs and sophomore Brittany Hayes had 16 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Elyse Grassmuck had 43 assists to go with her 19 digs.

Yesterday, the team lost yet another MAAC game to Fairfield (19-10 overall, 16-1 MAAC) 3-0. Fairfield won the three sets 30-26, 30-20, and 31-29.

-Compiled by Charles Guthrie

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