Upset of Syracuse highlights first day of invite for volleyball

Costello totaled 26 kills, including a match-high 19 at Syracuse.

Sep 6, 2013

Final Stats

Syracuse, N.Y. – After competing but coming up short against Colorado (17-25, 20-25, 14-25) in its first match of the day, the Stony Brook volleyball team regrouped and pulled out a thrilling 3-2 (25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 15-13) victory over the ACC’s Syracuse behind a match-high 43 assists from Hannah Dolan Friday at the Syracuse Candlewood Suites Invitational. 

The win gave Stony Brook (3-2) its first victory over a power-conference opponent since 2007, when it topped Baylor in five.

Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway, who hails from Warsaw, N.Y., anchored the Seawolves’ defensive efforts with 27 digs against Syracuse, while senior and Webster, N.Y., product Kaitlin Costello led the contest with 19 kills and tied Stephanie McFadden for a match-leading four aces. 

In the early bout against Colorado, Dolan also posted a match-high in assists with 25, while Hathaway recorded eight digs and Costello tallied a team-best seven kills. Melissa Rigo added seven digs and five kills in another balanced effort by the sophomore.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

On the win over Syracuse

“We trailed. We led. We gutted it out. We discovered we have to control our emotions and our side of the court. Rather than have peaks and valleys, we learned we need to be consistently solid. Statistically, they led, but we had more heart, fight and stability.”

On the play of Hannah Dolan, Kaitlin Costello and Lo Hathaway



“Dolan ran another very good offense. Hathaway defended really well today. She had 27 digs against Syracuse—almost 30—which is awesome. Costello stayed aggressive, which was big for her and our team. Her errors were good errors because she was just being aggressive.” 

On the team’s serving

“We’re serving really well, which has been a focal point for us. When we’re confident on our serve, we’re good.”

Key Moments at Syracuse

First Set

Stony Brook grabbed an early 6-4 lead following an ace by Hathaway. After Syracuse blocked an SB attack attempt, the Seawolves regained momentum with a 6-0 spurt that included kills by McFadden and Rigo and an ace from Shelby Tietjen to go up 12-5. 

Syracuse recorded the next three and pulled to within four, 12-8, but Costello and McFadden responded with a pair of kills assisted by Dolan, a native of Rochester, N.Y., to push the advantage back to six, 14-8. 

The Orange caught up and cut the lead to two, 15-13, by scoring five of the next six points, but the Seawolves went on a 5-0 run capped off by an ace from Costello that gave them a commanding 20-13 advantage. Rigo stifled the 3-0 Syracuse surge that followed with a kill, and SB maintained the lead for a 25-19 win in the first stanza.

Second Set

With the Seawolves down, 17-13, midway through the second frame, Rigo scored on a kill that sparked a huge rally that would carry SB to a second-set victory. A pair of Syracuse errors helped Stony Brook inch to within one, 17-16, but a kill by the Orange put the hosts in front by two, 18-16. 

Dolan, a junior setter, followed with a kill, and Rigo recorded an ace that tied the frame at 18-18. McFadden scored on a kill and teamed up with Dolan for a block as the Seawolves claimed their first advantage since leading 2-1 early in the stanza, 20-18. The Orange committed an attack error but responded with a kill; however, another miscue combined with a kill by Costello put the Seawolves in front by four, 23-19.

A pair of SB errors helped the Orange pull to within two, 23-21, but Stony Brook scored two of the next three points, clinching the 25-22 victory and 2-0 lead in sets with a kill by Costello on a set from Dolan.

Third Set

Stony Brook fell behind, 16-12, in the middle of the third frame but climbed back on consecutive kills by McFadden and Rigo that put the score at 16-14. That’s as close as the Seawolves would get, as the Orange outscored them down the stretch to force a fourth set.   

Fourth Set

SB trailed by seven, 21-14, late in the fourth set after a 4-0 run by the hosts but halted the spurt with four consecutive kills, two from Rigo and one apiece from Tietjen and McFadden to pull to within three, 21-18. After a Syracuse kill, Dolan set up McFadden for a score and Tietjen registered an ace that closed the gap to two, 22-20. 

The Orange had a set-point opportunity after two straight blocks, but Rigo kept the Seawolves alive with a kill. McFadden and Dolan teamed up for a block that moved SB to within two once again, 24-22, but the Orange tallied the 25th point on a kill to even the match at two sets each.   

Fifth Set

The fifth frame was a back-and-forth contest from the get-go. The Seawolves went ahead, 11-9, on three straight kills by Costello, each assisted by Dolan. After a service error gave the Orange the ball, the duo connected again for a score to put the lead back at three, 13-10. Stony Brook committed another service error, but Kathy Fletcher set up a match-point opportunity on a kill.  

Syracuse responded with a block and a kill, but Dolan dished her 43rd assist, this time finding Rigo for a kill that locked up the win over a power-conference opponent.

Key Moments vs. Colorado

First Set

Colorado jumped out to an early 9-4 advantage despite committing a pair of service errors and kills by Stony Brook’s Taylor Gillie and Tietjen. A kill by Costello and two attack errors on the Buffs closed the gap to two, 9-7. McFadden followed with an ace to make it a one-point set, 9-8, but the Buffs went on a 7-2 run to take a 16-10 lead. 

SB would not go away, scoring the next three points to cut the deficit in half on two kills by Rigo, both assisted by Dolan, and a miscue by Colorado. The Buffs snuffed the surge, tallying nine of the final 13 points to win the opening frame.

Second Set

The Seawolves rebounded well and got off to a hot start in the second stanza, playing aggressively and leading the Pac-12 squad by as many as nine, 16-7, but the Buffs went on an 11-3 run to pull to within one, 19-18.

Gillie gave Stony Brook some breathing room on a kill that made it 20-18. Colorado recorded the next seven points to take the second set, 25-20.

Third Set

The beginning of the third set was a seesaw affair as SB again hung with its power-conference foe. CU took a 14-11 lead on a kill, but Dolan assisted McFadden for a kill to keep the Seawolves within striking distance, down 14-12. 

The Buffs pulled away thereafter; however, going on a 6-0 run to go in front by eight, 20-12. McFadden ended the surge with a kill that put the score at 20-13 Colorado, but the Buffs held on for the sweep.   

The Numbers Game

  • McFadden also posted 10 kills and hit .316 in the win over Syracuse.
  • SB recorded 14 aces compared to three by SU.
  • Tietjen chipped in six kills against Colorado and Gillie joined Rigo with five.
  • McFadden registered two of the Seawolves’ four aces in the morning match versus Colorado. 
  • Kelsey English paced Colorado (2-1) with a match-high eight kills.
  • Silvi Uattara led Syracuse (0-3) with 17 kills.

News and Notes

  • The win over the Orange was the first-ever for the Seawolves as they were previously 0-3 against SU.
  • Friday’s match was the first meeting between Colorado and Stony Brook.

Up Next

SB returns to the court for the second day of the invitational Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for a matchup against Rutgers before concluding play versus Oakland at 5 p.m.