By Tom Regan
After splitting its first two conference matchups last week, the Broncs climbed the MAAC standings with a win against conference rival St. Peter’s on Sept. 28 in Jersey City.
Rider surrendered early momentum to the Peacocks (3-13, 1-3 MAAC) by losing the first set, but were able to fight back, sweeping the final three sets of the match.
Rider (10-3, 2-1 MAAC) currently sits in fourth place in the MAAC with 16 games left in the season, 15 of which are conference games.
Freshman outside hitter Ryan Ackermann finished with double-digit kills and digs. Freshman libero Alaina Piszczek added 10 digs and freshman middle hitter Kaitlyn Griffin finished with seven kills.
Ackermann, who leads the team with 118 kills, believes that her strong play is largely credited to her teammates.
“If they didn’t support me and play their specific roles, my role would be non-existent,” she said.
Despite her impressive freshman season thus far, Ackermann knows there is room for improvement.
“I’m going to work my hardest until I can reach as close as possible to being perfect,” she said.
Despite being a part of three disappointing seasons, senior setter Bridget Sheerin has confidence in her team this year.
“As a team, we expect to win,” Sheerin said. “We want to be focused every game and follow our scouting reports in order to be successful.”
Sheerin, one of the few veterans on the team, hopes the younger players can understand how important conference matchups can be.
“I think it’s important to remind younger players that every conference game is very important,” she said. “We need to recognize that we only play each team twice, and we have to take advantage of winning and closing games when we have the opportunity.”
The Broncs look to continue their solid start with two road games against Quinnipiac (2-13, 0-3 MAAC) and Fairfield (3-11, 1-3 MAAC) Oct. 5 and 6.