Ashburn, VA (Oct 28, 2016) – Led by career kill 1,000 from Stone Bridge alumni and senior Ryan Ackermann, the Rider University volleyball team won in dominating fashion, defeating Manhattan College 3-0 in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match in Alumni Gymnasium.
“We played with heart today,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano. “Hustle plays were made that not only gave us momentum but also took the momentum away from Manhattan. I’m just really, really happy with the effort. We grew as a team and today was 100 percent them wanting and being willing to put that emotional effort in.”
Rider (10-11, 4-5 MAAC) won 25-15, 25-16, 25-9, and were victorious for the third time in five home matches.
The Broncs won their second match in a row and for the third time in four matches overall.
Ackermann had eight digs and recorded eight kills in the match, attacking .389 and became the second Bronc to hit the 1,000 kill plateau this season, joining senior Kaitlyn Griffin (Chesapeake, VA/Hickory) who reached the milestone at Manhattan on September 26.
“Having two of the milestones in the same season is rare,” Feliciano said. “But Ryan’s achievement is special. She came in to Rider as an Under Armour All-American and really had to work hard to get to the level that she was in high school. That didn’t come easy. She really changed last year and was committed to working that much harder. Getting 1,000 kills didn’t come with all great swings. Ryan has really worked at her craft and is still getting better. Her career has been remarkable.”
A veteran of 117 matches, Ackermann now has 1,001 kills in her career.
“I’m more happy that we won the match,” Ackermann said. “Everyone hit above .200 and it was a real team effort today. As a team we pushed forward.”
Griffin who was recognized prior to the match for her achievement, had seven kills, five blocks and three digs while attacking .273.
“We just focused on playing a clean match,” Riede said. “We’ve been working really hard in practice. The pressure rested on everyone and didn’t fall on one or two people. Everyone did their jobs.”
Junior Veronica Koval (Allentown, PA/Parkland) added 30 assists and junior Emma Aldaya (Prospect Park, PA/Merion Mercy Academy) had 14 digs for the Broncs.
Rider only had six errors in 98 attacks compared to 24 errors for the Jaspers. Rider attacked .316 and held Manhattan to an attack percentage of .009.
Rider avenged a 3-0 loss at Manhattan on September 28 and the Broncs won for the ninth time in 38 matches against the Jaspers. “The last time we played Manhattan, we didn’t make enough of the scrappy plays and that effort was there today,” Feliciano added.
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