Rigo, Hathaway impress in pair of losses at the Kennesaw State Owl Classic

Hathaway set a new personal-best with 28 digs against Kennesaw State

Sept. 13, 2013

Final Stats

Kennesaw, Ga. – Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway recorded a match-leading, career-high 28 digs, and classmate Melissa Rigo and senior Kaitlin Costello notched their second double-doubles of the season, but the Stony Brook volleyball team fell to Kennesaw State, 3-1, (25-19, 25-23, 22-25, 26-24) Friday at the Kennesaw State Owl Classic.

Stony Brook (3-7) suffered a 3-0 setback against Samford (6-4) on set scores of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-16 earlier in the day despite a match-high, six-block effort from sophomore Stephanie McFadden.

Rigo’s double-double at Kennesaw State (3-5) came on a match- and season-best 20 kills and 13 digs. The sophomore and 2012 America East Rookie of the Year was efficient on offense with a .340 hitting percentage. Costello registered 16 kills and 10 digs in another solid effort from the Rochester, N.Y., product.

Junior Hannah Dolan totaled 58 assists in the two contests, including a match-high 37 against Kennesaw State. She dished out 21 in the contest with Samford (6-4).

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

“We unfortunately have not yet moved past Tuesday. We have some individuals doing some positive things but struggled to get seven people going at the same time today. Lo kept us alive at critical times tonight and is demanding her teammates give effort. Rigo had one of her better matches today, and we hope that she can build on this.”

Kennesaw State Recap

The match began with a back-and-forth first set. SB found itself down, 17-14, but stormed back to grab an 18-17 advantage on a kill by Rigo and some fantastic serving by McFadden that resulted in three consecutive aces. After a timeout, Kennesaw State answered with a 4-0 surge of its own and continued on for the win.



In the second stanza, KSU recorded two straight points go ahead, 24-22, and serve for set-point. SB showed poise and fight, scoring on a kill by Taylor Gillie to stay alive. The Owls committed an attack error on the ensuing rally but tallied the next and final point.

Stony Brook came out swinging in the third frame, taking a 6-2 lead after back-to-back-to-back kills by Costello, Rigo and McFadden. McFadden stuffed an attack attempt by the hosts to put the guests in front by five, 7-2, and force KSU to call for time. When the Owls pulled to within three, 7-4, the Seawolves responded swiftly, tacking on six of the next eight points for a commanding 13-6 advantage.

Kennesaw State again made it a three-point contest at 15-12, but SB did not relent in that moment, either, tallying four straight points. And when the hosts inched to within one 23-22, SB scored the next two to close out the third-set victory.

The Seawolves continued to show spark in the fourth frame, particularly after finding themselves down, 19-14. Rigo notched two consecutive kills, and KSU committed an attack error to help SB get within two, 19-17. The two sides matched each other point for point over the next few minutes, but Stony Brook tied the contest at 22-all with a 3-0 spurt that included kills by Rigo and Costello.

Kennesaw State reclaimed the lead on a kill, but Costello came right back and smacked one of her own to even the score at 23-23. The squads again traded scores with a kill and an attack error by KSU, but a kill and a stuff gave the Owls the win.

Samford Recap

The Seawolves called their second timeout down, 22-17, late in the opening set of their first match of the day. The two sides swapped service errors to keep the margin at five, 23-18. However, SB scored the following two points on kills by Costello and Kathy Fletcher to put the score at 23-20. The Bulldogs tallied two of the next three points to take a 1-0 lead in sets despite nine assists from Dolan.

Samford used a 10-4 run to claim a 17-11 advantage in the second frame but gave the Seawolves the serve after an error. SB capitalized courtesy of a stuff by Gillie and Fletcher and an ace by Dolan that closed the gap to three, 17-14. The contest remained within reach for a while after, with the Seawolves getting as close as two twice, but the Bulldogs responded each time for the win.

Though Stony Brook trailed throughout the entire third stanza, the squad did not simply roll over. Trailing by five, 15-10, SB called for time. As they did in the first set, the Seawolves came out of the huddle strong. McFadden scored a kill and then teamed by with Rigo for a block to make it a 15-12 set. Though Samford recorded a kill to go up four, Fletcher hammered one home to keep SB within striking distance, 16-13. The Bulldogs closed the set and the match with a 9-3 surge. 

The Numbers Game

  • McFadden registered two block solos and three block assists against the hosts and tied a match-high with three aces. She and fellow-middle blocker Gillie chipped in six kills.
  • Hathaway added six assists to her impressive stat line against Kennesaw State, while Dolan and Fletcher recorded nine digs and six digs, respectively.
  • McFadden and Dolan posted two aces apiece against Samford, while Costello led the team with eight kills and McFadden and Fletcher each had six.
  • SB out-blocked Samford, 9-6, and owned a 6-5 edge in aces.
  • Hathaway, Rigo and Fletcher paced the Seawolves with seven digs each in the loss to Samford.
  • Chelsi Carter recorded a match-high 20 digs for Samford, while Sara Metroka dished out 32 helpers for Kennesaw State.

News and Notes

  • This was the first time Stony Brook played Samford and Kennesaw State.
  • Hathaway previously set a personal-best for digs when she tallied 27 in the five-set upset of Syracuse Friday, Sept. 6, which was also the match in which Rigo recorded her first double-double of the year on 13 kills and 11 digs. 
  • Costello posted one the following day against Rutgers, also a five-set contest, on 14 kills and 11 digs.

Up Next

Stony Brook concludes its time in the Peach State tomorrow with a pair of matches against Tennessee Tech and Coastal Carolina at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.