Volleyball splits on day two of Crusader Classic

Tietjen and Dolan played important roles for the Seawolves on offense this weekend, with Dolan earning all-tournament honors

Aug 31, 2013

Final Stats

Worcester, Mass. - The Stony Brook volleyball team swept Holy Cross (25-20, 25-19, 25-19) before falling to Manhattan in three close sets (30-32, 21-25, 20-25) on the second day of the Crusader Classic hosted by Holy Cross.

Junior setter Hannah Dolan and sophomore captain and libero Lo Hathaway were named to the all-tournament team. Dolan totaled 93 assists on the weekend for Stony Brook (2-1), including match-highs of 32 and 37 against Holy Cross and Manhattan, respectively, Saturday. She also recorded 10 aces over the three-match stretch to lead the Seawolves.

Hathaway paced SB's defense again on Saturday, tying a match-best for digs with 10 in the win over Holy Cross and posting 17 against Manhattan after a 12-dig performance on Friday.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction

On the team's play this weekend

"Overall, it was a decent opening weekend. We had a lot of positive learning and growing moments that we will take into this season. After taking a good step last night by rallying back from an 0-1 deficit in sets against Sacred Heart, we played consistent and well as a team against Holy Cross this morning. In our second match against Manhattan, we fell short. Hopefully, this match will resonate with us and help us learn to dig deep and push through fatigue and pressure from an opponent."

On the performance of Lo Hathaway

"Lo played consistently well and is really grasping the importance of maximizing the amount of court she can play. She is understanding how to help put her teammates in good situations and help them score the ball while anchoring the serve receive and defense."



On the performance of Hannah Dolan

"Dolan had a solid weekend in her debut, running a 5-1 over the course of the tournament. She did a good job of keeping a balanced offense while spreading it and working to put her hitters in good situations. She was also one of our most aggressive servers, and it was good to see her really getting after her serve, putting pressure on the other side of the net."

Key Moments at Holy Cross

First Set

The Seawolves led, 15-10, midway through the opening frame, but an error by Kaitlin Costello and a service ace by Hannah Grace Stokes helped the home team inch to within three, 15-12. Stony Brook tallied the next two points courtesy of an attack error by Mandy Sifferlen and an ace from sophomore Kathy Fletcher to push the advantage back to five, 17-12. 

SB responded swiftly after a service error with three consecutive kills by three different Seawolves, each assisted by Dolan. First, the junior set up Shelby Tietjen for a score. She then assisted Costello and Melissa Rigo as Stony Brook claimed its largest lead of the stanza, 20-13, and held off a late rally by Holy Cross for a 25-20 win.

Second Set

Though HC claimed a brief 3-1 advantage early in the second set, SB held the lead for most of the frame. Two kills by Tietjen and a ball handling error on Stokes gave the Seawolves a nine-point advantage, their largest of the set, 23-14, but the Crusaders went on a 4-0 run to close the gap to five, 23-18, and force a Stony Brook timeout. SB rebounded by scoring two of the final three points of the frame, finishing off its host on a kill by Rigo.

Third Set

The third set was a back-and-forth contest early on. Stony Brook grabbed an 18-16 edge on consecutive errors by Holy Cross, but a kill by Katie McKeran and block by Kamele Shizuru knotted the frame at 18-18. The Seawolves took over from there, starting with a kill by Costello that gave them a 19-18 lead they would not relinquish. Alicia Swearigen committed an attack error, and Hathaway followed with an ace as SB extended the lead to three, 21-18. 

After the teams traded service errors, Costello scored on a kill and Dolan recorded an ace to set up a match-point opportunity. Tietjen secured the win and capped a 7-1 run for the Seawolves with her 12th kill of the match on the ensuing rally.

Key Moments vs. Manhattan

First Set

The first frame was an exhausting affair, with neither team able to gain a distinct advantage. Trailing by two, 16-14, Stony Brook stormed back with a 5-2 run to grab a 19-18 lead on a block by Taylor Gillie and Rigo. The Jaspers called timeout and tallied the next two points, but Dolan set up Rigo for a kill to even the score at 20. A Manhattan miscue and an ace by Rigo gave the Seawolves a 22-20 edge and forced another Jaspers timeout. 

Manhattan scored six of the next 10 points for a 26-25 edge and a chance to steal the first set, but Tietjen registered a kill on an assist from Dolan. After an error by SB put the Jaspers back in front, 27-26, the Seawolves again responded under pressure and took a 28-27 lead with a kill by Dolan and a service ace by Tietjen. Manhattan ended the opening stanza on a 5-2 run to lock up a 32-30 victory.

Second Set

With Manhattan ahead by six, 19-13, Dolan set up Tietjen and Costello for a pair of kills and Gillie stuffed an attack by Malla McGuinness as Stony Brook closed the gap to three, 19-16. The Jaspers called timeout and went on a 3-0 run of their own out of the huddle to build the lead back to six, 22-16.

Again, SB rallied, recording the next three points on kills by Dolan and Tietjen and an ace by Rigo, but that was as close as the Seawolves would get as the Jaspers outscored them, 3-2, thereafter and took a 2-0 lead in sets.

Third Set

Manhattan took a commanding 21-13 lead in the third frame, but Stony Brook battled back once more. Costello scored on a kill and Dolan notched back-to-back aces to close the deficit to five, 21-16. After Wiekamp committed an attack error, Manhattan called timeout, but SB's run continued with consecutive kills by Tietjen that made it a three-point set, 21-19, and capped a 6-0 surge. The Jaspers closed the set and match on a 4-1 run, handing the Seawolves their only loss of the weekend.

The Numbers Game

  • Costello and Tietjen led Stony Brook on offense in both matches Saturday. Costello, a senior, tallied a match-high 13 kills and hit .364 against Holy Cross, while the sophomore Tietjen registered 12 kills and a .304 hitting percentage. The duo finished with 12 kills apiece versus Manhattan, also a match-high.
  • Rigo posted a balanced effort on both offense and defense in the win over the Crusaders with eight kills and five digs.
  • Gillie recorded four blocks against Manhattan, two solo and two assisted.
  • Julia Gould recorded 10 digs for Holy Cross (0-2), while Ellie Wiekamp led Manhattan (2-0) with 11 kills.  

News & Notes

  • The Seawolves move to 4-1 all-time versus Holy Cross and 7-5 against Manhattan.
  • Freshman Cailyn Hart made her collegiate debut against the Crusaders. She played in two sets and recorded an ace.
  • With the win over HC in the opening match of the day, Stony Brook began the season at 2-0 for the first time since 2006.

Up Next

Stony Brook travels to Syracuse next weekend for four tough matches, two of which will come against teams in power conferences in Colorado (Pac-12) and Syracuse (ACC). The Seawolves begin play in the Syracuse Candlewood Suites Invitational against Colorado Friday, Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. and take on the hosts at 2:30 p.m. and go head-to-head with Rutgers and Oakland the following afternoon.