LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Explorers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Rider, 3-2 (22-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-14, 15-11) on Wednesday evening in front of a crowd of nearly 600 at the Broncos' Alumni Gym.
Junior Kourtney Clark notched a career-high 50 assists, as well as three aces. Junior Kelly Scanlon added a match-high 19 kills to go along with 11 digs. Freshman Jennifer Whelan had a strong night on the attack with 13 kills on 18 attempts and no errors for a .722 hitting percentage.
Defensively, Breanna Mazalewski's 22 digs were a match-high.
La Salle took the first set by a three-point margin after gaining the last four points off two kills by Jacquelyn Mitrovich and two Rider errors.
Rider closed out the second set with a 9-5 run, while it took an early lead in the third set and managed to hold on for the win. Down 2-1, the Explorers were on the verge of going home on the wrong end of the tally.
However, La Salle stormed back in the fourth set, hitting at a .565 clip, and winning 25-14.
The fifth set featured six ties. After La Salle gained a 11-10 advantage with a Scanlon kill, and only allowed Rider one more point en route to winning the set 15-11. The Blue and Gold closed the victory with three straight kills by Scanlon, Alexis Little and Samantha Tulskie.
For the Broncos, Jaclyn Webber led her team with 17 kills and 18 digs. Ashlee Amatulli added 34 assists.
This is the second straight victory La Salle has had over Rider after dispatching the squad, 3-0, last season.
The Explorers will return home for the first time since September 7 to face Atlantic 10 opponents Fordham and Rhode Island this weekend.