Sept. 3, 2014
Hempstead, N.Y. – Despite 12 kills and eight digs from East Northport, N.Y., native Melissa Rigo, the Stony Brook volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-22) decision to Hofstra in the first meeting between the Long Island schools since 2009.
Senior middle blocker Taylor Gillie recorded a team-high five blocks, and junior middle blocker Stephanie McFadden finished with four blocks. Senior Hannah Dolan and junior Nicole Vogel split setting duties and dished 14 assists apiece.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction
“Hofstra played smarter volleyball than we did tonight. We were slow and late to adjust. They did a good job of exploiting our weaknesses and challenging us. Unfortunately, we did not respond as we would have hoped. We’re at the point where changes need to be made, and we need to be okay with processing information and have confidence in making those changes.”
- The first stanza was about as exciting as it gets. Hofstra (4-1) staked a 4-1 lead on an ace, but Stony Brook (2-2) fought back to even the score at 6-all on a Pride miscue. SBU took its first lead of the match, 17-16, when Evann Slaughter hammered one home to cap a 3-0 run. The Seawolves had a chance to take a 1-0 lead in sets when a Rigo kill gave them a 24-22 edge, but Hofstra scored the next two points to force Pawlikowski to call timeout. Neither side would give an inch in the moments that followed. Kathy Fletcher put the Seawolves back in the driver’s seat with a smack that gave put them ahead, 27-26, but the Pride scored the final three points for the win.
- Stony Brook came back strong and grabbed a 9-6 lead in the second frame when Dolan set up McFadden for a kill. The home team answered with an 11-2 run, including a string of eight unanswered points, for a 17-11 advantage. Fletcher broke up Hofstra’s hot streak with a slam out of a Pawlikowski timeout, but SBU could not regain momentum.
- Like the first, the third stanza was a seesaw affair that featured 12 ties and four lead changes. Pawlikowski asked to talk things over with the Seawolves trailing, 18-17. The squad responded out of the huddle and went in front, 19-18, on a Gillie-Fletcher combo-stuff, but Hofstra scored five straight points to put Stony Brook in a 23-19 hole. After Rigo halted the spurt with a kill, a Pride block gave the hosts a match-point opportunity. McFadden hammered one home to stave off defeat, and Gillie followed with an ace that cut the deficit to two, 24-22. However, Hofstra sealed the victory with a kill.
By the Numbers
- Fletcher recorded eight kills, and Slaughter finished with six kills.
- Junior libero Lo Hathaway tied Rigo for the team high in digs with eight.
- Each team tallied eight blocks.
News and Notes
- Rigo has reached double figures in kills three times in four matches.
- Freshman defensive specialist Dani Nizich, who hails from Nesconset, N.Y., and started 11 of 12 sets at the DePaul Invite, started each frame Wednesday.
- Stony Brook last beat Hofstra in 1999, 3-0, and fell to 1-4 in the all-time series.
The Seawolves will stay close to home this weekend when they play in the Columbia Invitational. Stony Brook takes on Fairfield Friday at 5 p.m. and Columbia and Bucknell Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.