Dolan, Hathaway shine for volleyball in losses to Rutgers, Oakland

Hathaway played consistently well again, recording 19 and 15 digs against Rutgers and Oakland, respectively

Sep 7, 2013

Final Stats

Syracuse, N.Y. – Junior Hannah Dolan continued to sparkle as setter, totaling 55 assists, while sophomore captain Lo Hathaway registered 34 digs, but the Stony Brook volleyball team suffered a pair of setbacks at the hands of Rutgers (23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11) and Oakland (25-13, 25-18, 25-23) Saturday to wrap up play at the Syracuse Candlewood Suites Invitational.

Dolan, who hails from Rochester, N.Y., also notched six aces for Stony Brook (3-4) in the close call versus Rutgers (3-4), twice that of the entire Scarlet Knights squad.

A native of Warsaw, N.Y., Hathaway’s efforts over the last two days, which included a 27-dig performance in the upset over Syracuse, earned her a spot on the all-tournament team, marking the second weekend in a row she has been selected for the honor. She nabbed All-Crusader Classic accolades last week.

Kaitlin Costello rounded out the trio of upstate, N.Y., products who led the Seawolves once again on Saturday. The senior from Rochester, N.Y., produced SB’s first double-double of the season on 14 kills and 11 digs in the opening contest with the Scarlet Knights.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

 “We played a solid first set against Rutgers, then got comfortable and let up. No team should get comfortable. That is something we need to learn from that match. We need to stay aggressive and play hard from the first whistle to the last dead ball that hit the floor with no mental breaks in between. That’s the next step.”

On the team’s performance against Oakland

“Oakland is a very well-trained team that plays very scrappy and hard. I have a lot of respect for Rob and what he has built there. Rutgers was a physically and mentally draining match, and we took on Oakland 30 minutes later. I liked that we had the opportunity to play again right after a loss and a chance to push ourselves. We were mentally tired in sets one and two. In set three, we battled and nearly pushed Oakland to a fourth set. That’s what we need to focus on—how we responded in that set. I’m proud we pushed. Next time, we just have to do it right away.”



On Lo Hathaway’s performance

“Lo was solid all weekend in defense and serve receive. Her consistent energy and fight really helps position our team to grow.”

On the performance of the middle blockers, Stephanie McFadden and Taylor Gillie

“Both middles did a great job this weekend. They are running iron man-style, meaning they played in every set without a break in the most active position on the court. They worked extremely hard to get in the air and be offensive while working pin-to-pin to touch the ball in the block. Kudos to them for the effort this weekend!”

Key Moments vs. Rutgers

First Set

Stony Brook came out firing in the opening frame, racing out to a 10-4 lead thanks to a balanced effort that included a block from Dolan and Stephanie McFadden and kills by Dolan, Costello, Taylor Gillie and Shelby Tietjen.

After Rutgers tallied the next two, Melissa Rigo and Costello scored kills and the Scarlet Knights committed an attack error as the gap expanded to seven, 11-4. RU chipped away with a 10-4 run to get to within one, 15-14, but the Costello-Dolan tandem got into a groove as Dolan dished to Costello for three of the next four points, swinging momentum back in the Seawolves’ favor and giving them an 18-15 edge.  

Rutgers climbed to within one, 24-23, after a Rigo kill gave Stony Brook a shot to nail down the first frame. The Seawolves once again showed off their ability to regain composure and control, taking the set on a kill by Costello set up by Dolan.

Second Set

In the second frame, Stony Brook bounced back from a 15-11 deficit and used a 3-0 run that included kills by Gillie and Costello to even the set. Rutgers scored the next two but then committed a service error and SB knotted the contest at 17-all when Gillie and Tietjen combined for a stuff. The Scarlet Knights reclaimed the lead temporarily but then proceeded to rack up four miscues as the Seawolves took a 20-18 edge. Though RU ultimately rebounded and evened the match, it was not before Dolan dished to McFadden for a score.

Third Set

Rutgers again took an early lead in the third frame, 11-7, but Dolan powered Stony Brook back into the set. First, she assisted a Costello kill and then she put in three straight aces to tie the score at 11-11 as a back-and-forth contest ensued.

A few moments later, the Seawolves knotted the stanza at 15-15 when Kathy Fletcher hammered one home and moments later at 16-16 on a Rutgers attack error; however, the Scarlet Knights took the lead for good with a 4-0 run in the minutes that followed.

Fourth Set

Leading by one, 16-15, Stony Brook got some fantastic play at the net by a trio of sophomores and one junior that resulted in three consecutive blocks. First, sophomore Tietjen teamed up with junior Gillie for a stuff. Sophomores Rigo and McFadden combined for the same on the ensuing rally and classmates McFadden and Tietjen registered a block as SB went ahead by four, 19-15. The Seawolves continued on to win the fourth set against the future Big Ten squad, forcing a fifth frame for the second straight match.

Fifth Set

Rutgers quickly staked an early 7-3 lead. Down but never out,  Stony Brook scored four of the next six to pull to within 9-7 on a spurt that included kills from McFadden, Rigo and Costello. Rutgers finished on a surge of its own to hang on for the victory against the scrappy Seawolves.

Key Moments vs. Oakland

With no time to rest following an exhausting five-setter against Rutgers, Stony Brook was understandably a bit sluggish in its contest with Oakland. The Seawolves did show fight multiple times, including a 4-0 run capped with a Rigo kill in the second frame that trimmed an 11-4 Oakland lead to three.

The most notable rally; however, came in the third set. Down 20-12 and facing a seemingly sure-fire defeat, Stony Brook mounted a valiant comeback to knot the score at 23-all. Gillie sparked the gutsy barrage of SB points by hammering a kill and combined with Dolan for the set-tying stuff, but a pair of kills by Oakland halted the impressive run.

The Numbers Game.

  • Hathaway recorded 19 digs against Syracuse before posting 15 versus Oakland.
  • Rigo flirted with a double-double as she helped the Seawolves push the Scarlet Knights to five, tallying nine kills and 18 digs. She finished with 14 digs in the loss to Oakland.
  • Gillie paced SB and tied a match-high with seven stuffs against Rutgers, while Tietjen had six and McFadden notched five as the Seawolves led Rutgers, 14-10 in total team blocks.
  • Stony Brook held a sizeable 10-3 advantage over Rutgers in aces.
  • Costello also paced Stony Brook in kills with six versus Oakland, and McFadden chipped in five.
  • Alex Lassa recorded a double-double for Rutgers on 22 kills and 17 digs, while Oakland’s Taylor Humm had 14 kills and 17 digs.

News and Notes

  • Despite the losses, SB will return to Seawolves Country with its first win over a power conference opponent since 2007 (Baylor, Big 12) as the squad topped the ACC’s Syracuse, 3-2, yesterday.
  • Dolan has tallied six aces in a match twice this year. She previously notched six in the Seawolves’ season-opening win over Sacred Heart.
  • Stony Brook moves to 0-3 all-time against Rutgers.
  • The meeting was the first between Stony Brook and Oakland.

Up Next

Stony Brook travels to Queens for a midweek match against St. John’s Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.