Rider drops pair of MAAC match ups

Freshman outside hitter Ryan Ackermann tallied 17 kills on Oct. 5 adding to her team high of 148.

By Thomas Albano

After a rocky weekend for the Broncs, they hope to bounce back with two conference home games on Oct. 12-13 against MAAC rivals Marist and Siena.

This past weekend was a rough road trip to Connecticut for the team, with two games resulting in losses. They faced Quinnipiac (4-13, 2-3 MAAC) on Oct. 5 and fell 1-3, followed by a showdown with Fairfield (5-11, 3-3 MAAC) which the Broncs (10-5, 2-3 MAAC) lost 2-3.

The matchup with Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn., was a struggle. The Broncs’ play was not as good as they would have hoped. There was a lot of disappointment among the team as the Broncs were defeated 25-20, 24-26, 25-21, and 25-22.

Head Coach Christopher Feliciano thought the team didn’t perform to its best ability.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” Feliciano said. “We were up 21-17 and just couldn’t finish it. We should win those games nine out of 10 times.”

Top performers from the match include freshman Ryan Ackermann, who had 17 kills, seven digs, and 19 points; freshman Alaina Piszczek, who had 11 digs and five assists; and junior Jaclyn Webber who had 10 digs and eight kills. Junior Ashlee Amatulli had 23 assists, giving her 1,774 in her career.

Unfortunately for the Broncs, the game against Fairfield ended in defeat. The Broncs lost the match 27-29, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20 and 12-15 in a fifth set.

The match lasted more than two hours as the Broncs pushed the defending MAAC champion Stags to their breaking point.

Though Feliciano was hoping to make a statement by defeating the Stags, he was still pleased with the way his team performed.

“To go on the road and to lose in five to the defending MAAC Champions, I’ll take that effort any day of the week,” Feliciano said.

Junior outside hitter Kayla Wong believes the team will use these two losses to propel them in future games.

“This past weekend is only more fuel to add to our fire,” she said. “We will continue to do our best in every practice and game and continue to stay true to our work ethic.”

The game included strong performances from Webber, who had 15 kills, 10 digs and five blocks; Ackermann, who had 13 kills, nine digs, and two aces; Amatulli, who had 25 assists and 11 digs; and sophomore Nicole Moorman, who had eight kills, seven digs and hit .333.

Amatulli is now only three assists behind Erica West ’03, for fifth on the all-time assists list.

The Broncs now look forward to a big weekend, as they take on Marist (10-5, 4-1 MAAC) on Oct. 12 and Siena (6-10, 5-1 MAAC) on Oct. 13. Both games will take place in Alumni Gym at 1 p.m.

With only conference games left to play, senior outside hitter Bridget Sheerin knows the team will need to bring 100% to every practice.

“We look to improve in conference play by working on the details at practice and constantly striving to improve,” she said. “Our conference is very evenly matched and teams can upset teams on any given day. We are hoping to stay focused and come out of our conference games with wins.”



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