Red Foxes Charge Back To Pick Up Five-Set Win At Rider

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – The Marist volleyball team stormed back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Rider Broncs in five sets in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup Oct. 8. Set scores were 25-21, 22-25, 13-25, 25-18, 15-5.
Picking up victories in five of their last six contests, the Red Foxes are now 9-10 overall and 6-2 in conference play. Rider dropped to .500 on both accounts, as the Broncs are 10-10 overall and 4-4 in the MAAC following today’s match.  
The match had more runs than an MLB postseason game, as Marist scratched and clawed right from the get go with a stretch of five straight points to build a 6-4 edge. Five straight points from Rider ensued and the Broncs eventually pulled out to a 15-11 lead. Marist cut the deficit to one, six times, before finally tying the score at 18. The Red Foxes earned five of the set’s final six points to go in front 1-0.
Marist’s momentum carried over into the second stanza when consecutive service aces by junior Taylor van der Biezen put it up 4-2. With the scoreboard reading 14 apiece, Rider went off on a 9-5 scoring spree to build a comfortable lead. Five kills in the set by sophomore Nikki DeSerpa kept Marist in it, but Rider eventually evened the match.
Five straight Rider points began the third frame and it eventually went ahead by as much as 12 to pull ahead 2-1. With their backs against the wall, the Red Foxes put the Broncs back on their heels in the fourth set when they burst out on an 11-3 run. DeSerpa highlighted the offensive output by knocking down three kills and there was a Rider timeout sprinkled in the Marist run. Ahead 17-11, Marist won the set by seven to force a decisive frame.
The first three points of the fifth set went Marist’s way, but the Broncs got the next two back out of their timeout. Some Rider unforced errors followed and put Marist on a 6-1 run. Three kills from Red Foxes’ senior Kelsey Ediger down the stretch helped complete the comeback and give her team its second five-set win of the season.

Marist will begin a five-match home stand when it hosts Fairfield, which is currently atop the MAAC standings, at 1 p.m. Oct. 14.
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