Rider's Stefanie Lombardo concluded a stellar volleyball career last week.





Lombardo notched 19 kills and nine digs in a 30-23, 30-25, 26-30, 30-26 loss to Niagara on Nov. 12.





For the year, the senior outside hitter from Laurel High had 363 digs, a team-high 354 kills and 42 service aces. She also became the third player at Rider to reach 1,000 kills and digs.





Lombardo was an all-tournament selection this year in the Duquesne, Villanova, Rider and Sacred Heart tournaments.





The Lady Broncs finished 10-19.





Lombardo will graduate in May with a degree in Global Business and a minor in Spanish.





Last year, Lombardo played in 104 games for the Lady Broncs, totaling 331 kills, 371 digs and 28 service aces. As a sophomore, she notched 269 kills, 310 digs and 32 aces.





As a freshman, Lombardo played in 69 games for Rider. She was fifth on the team in kills (132), while posting 73 digs and eight blocks.





For her career, Lombardo registered 1,117 digs, 1,086 kills and 106 aces.





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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY





Fairleigh Dickinson's Lauren Lombardo had 20 digs in a 13-30, 31-29, 30-23, 32-30 loss to Wagner on Nov. 12 in the season finale.





A sophomore from Laurel, Lombardo had a team-best 500 digs and 23 service aces. The 500 digs are also a school record. She and Stefanie Lombardo are sisters.





The Lady Knights finished at 12-21.











SO CLOSE





Baptist Bible College's Jenette Cline helped the Lady Defenders to a second-place finish in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II Tournament.





Baptist Bible College went 3-1 in pool play, defeating Multnomah Bible, Grace University and Providence College, before losing to Southeastern University. The Lady Defenders topped Crown College in the semifinals before meeting Grace in a rematch in the finals. Grace won the first two games before the Lady Defenders evened up the count. However, Grace claimed the deciding game, 15-11.





Baptist Bible College won the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship to earn the No. 2 seed in the NCCAA tournament.





Cline, a sophomore from Laurel, had 96 kills, 50 digs and 12 service aces entering the tournament.





Baptist Bible College is 29-11.











College football





NEXT STEP





Geneva has qualified for the NAIA playoffs with an 8-3 record after a 21-20 win over No. 24 Urbana on Nov. 12.





Bruno, a junior defensive back from Shenango competes for the Golden Tornadoes.





Geneva will travel to fifth-ranked Georgetown College at 1:30 today at Rawlings Stadium for the opening round of the NAIA playoffs.











BIG WIN





Delaware quarterback Sonny Riccio threw a game-winning six-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Love with 4:17 remaining as the Blue Hens upset 24th-ranked William -- Mary 22-21 on Nov. 12 in an Atlantic 10 contest.





Riccio, a senior from Ellwood City, was 17 of 29 for 179 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for 32 yards on nine carries.





For the year, Riccio is 164 of 297 for 1,741 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 323 yards on 94 attempts with three scores.





The Blue Hens (2-5, 5-5) are at Villanova for a 1 p.m. kickoff today.











IN THE GAME





New Castle's Allen Billyk saw playing time in Virginia's 27-17 win over Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest on Nov. 12.





Billyk is a sophomore defensive end.





Virginia (3-3, 6-3) will host seventh-ranked Virginia Tech in an ACC matchup at noon today on ESPN











ONE MORE





Kansas is one win away from becoming bowl-eligible. The Jayhawks lost Nov. 12 at second-ranked Texas, 66-14.





Kansas, coached by New Castle native Mark Mangino, can qualify for a post-season appearance with a victory over Iowa State at home Nov. 26. The Jayhawks are 5-5.











Men's soccer





SEASON OVER





St. Vincent's Chris Stern finished his season with seven goals and four assists for the Bearcats.





Stern is a senior midfielder from Neshannock.





St. Vincent was 12-8-1.











UP NEXT





Winter sports





Fall sports are just about completed and winter sports are approaching quickly.





If you have a son or daughter playing a winter sport at the collegiate level, drop me an e-mail at: rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com. That will help eliminate the possibility of overlooking an athlete.





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