Rider 3 Providence 0
Rider University 3, Providence College 0
Gajewski Honored by the MAAC
LAWRENCEVILLE--You can go home again.
Playing the first match of 2012 in Alumni Gymnasium after renovations, the Rider University volleyball team dominated Providence College, winning 3-0 on Tuesday evening before 444 fans.
Rider (4-2) won 25-17, 25-10, 25-14.
"We came out and put together a great performance," said head coach Christopher Feliciano. "We've been doing a lot of work about staying in our system and putting forth a consistent performance. I want to thank everyone for coming out. The crowd gave us a great boost."
For the Broncs, junior Bridget Sheerin (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) had 13 kills and four blocks, compiling 15 points while hitting .500 with sophomore Ashlee Amatulli (Menifee, Calif./Temecula Valley) adding 18 assists and six digs.
"The match went really well," Sheerin said. "I thought Ashlee (Amatulli) did a great job getting me the ball."
Senior captain Brittany Gajewski (Whitehouse Station/Hunterdon Central) had 10 digs and two assists. Gajewski was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Libero of the Week after a 40 dig effort against Fairleigh Dickinson on September 2.
"This was a confidence booster after going ahead 2-0 against Fairleigh Dickinson last week and having to win in five sets," Feliciano said. "We made sure that didn't happen again. We talked about not letting Providence back in the match and for the most part, we didn't. We saw some leadership tonight, especially from our sophomores. I thought Brittany Gajewski especially in the third set was key with her serves."
Senior Stephanie Nagy (Muscatine, Iowa/Muscatine) added six kills, five blocks and three digs for the Broncs.
Rider out-hit the Friars .333 to .009.
The Broncs did not win their fourth match in 2011 until September 24 (in their 15th match) and Rider finished the season with five victories.
Tonight was Rider's third home match (3-0) but first in Alumni Gym after spending the month of August in the Student Recreation Center while Alumni Gym underwent its transformation.
Providence (1-9) played its 10th in a row away from home and will complete 21 straight matches with renovations to Alumni Hall not being completed until mid October.
The Broncs have won four of five all-time matches against Providence.
Rider hits the road for seven straight matches, beginning with a three-match tournament in Baltimore against Loyola Maryland, Morgan State and Charleston Southern.
"Our focus is to win our first conference match against Loyola," Feliciano added. "That is part of the tournament so it is really important to get off to a strong start Friday night against the Greyhounds."
"It's awesome to go into the weekend off a win," Sheerin added. "We just want to stay focused and play together as we head into the tournament."
The Broncs return to the friendly confines of Alumni Gym for a MAAC match on September 29 at 1pm against Fairfield University.