Stony Brook suffers a pair of setbacks at Kennesaw State Owl Classic
Sept. 14, 2013
Kennesaw, Ga.-- Senior Kaitlin Costello and sophomore Melissa Rigo twice reached double-figures in kills, including a pair of double-doubles, but the Stony Brook volleyball team fell to Tennessee Tech (23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 15-19) and Coastal Carolina (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) Saturday at the Kennesaw State Owl Classic.
Costello and Rigo notched their second consecutive double-doubles of the tournament when Rigo tallied 11 kills and 10 digs and Costello posted 10 kills and 13 digs in the five-set loss to Tennessee Tech (3-8). In the second match with Coastal Carolina (5-6), Costello tied for a match-high 12 kills, while Rigo chimed in with 10.
Hannah Dolan totaled 66 assists over the two matches, with 36 coming in a 3-0 defeat against Coastal Carolina. Lo Hathaway recorded 13 and 12 digs against TTU and CCU, respectively, and Taylor Gillie tallied 10 kills and hit a fantastic .500 versus Coastal.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction
"We played our best match of the weekend against Coastal Carolina, we just couldn't finish off a set. Gillie played her most consistent attacking and blocking match of the year. Lo worked incredibly hard. She is our little-engine-that-could on defense. Coastal hit some shots that we haven't seen yet and did a good job pushing us. We have to refocus and be sure we continue to stay the course and learn through the growing pains."
Tennessee Tech Recap
The Seawolves opened the match with a 7-1 run that included three aces from Stephanie McFadden. The Golden Eagles climbed back little by little, getting within two, 14-12, after three consecutive points.
Stony Brook answered with a 5-0 run capped off with a block by McFadden and Dolan to once again go up by seven, 19-12, but a late surge by Tennessee Tech made it a one point contest, 24-23. Out of a timeout, Rigo hammered home a kill on an assist from Dolan to secure the win, 25-23.
Down by three, 11-8, in the second frame, SB called for time. The Seawolves came back strong, using a 3-0 spurt highlighted by a Rigo kill and a McFadden stuff to even the set at 11-all, but TTU rattled off the next three to reclaim a lead it would not relinquish. SB did stay close until the end, trailing by just three, 21-18; however, the Golden Eagles closed the set on a 4-0 run.
Stony Brook found itself in a late 22-16 hole and was on the verge of falling behind 2-1 when Kathy Fletcher smacked a kill to end a string of four consecutive points for TTU. The redshirt sophomore followed with an ace, and McFadden went up for a block on the ensuing rally to cut the lead in half, 22-19.
The Golden Eagles scored two of the next three points, with the Seawolves' tally coming on a block by McFadden and Rigo, to set up a set-point opportunity. Costello kept Stony Brook alive with a kill and McFadden followed with an ace, but Tennessee Tech then notched the 25th point on a kill.
SB bounced back, using a balanced scoring effort that included nine kills by five different Seawolves to take a 16-11 advantage midway through the fourth stanza. The Golden Eagles tallied three of the next five points, but SB scored three straight, including a kill by Rigo and a block by Dolan and McFadden to go up by six, 21-15. Though Tennessee Tech got to within three twice, Gillie tallied two of the final three points of the frame as the Seawolves forced a fifth set.
McFadden helped SB strike first in the final frame, recording a kill and an ace for a 2-0 lead, but TTU came back with six consecutive points and carried that momentum the rest of the way for the victory.
Coastal Carolina Recap
Stony Brook and Coastal Carolina stayed neck-and-neck during the opening set. The Chants used a 4-0 run to claim a 17-15 edge, but kills by Gillie and McFadden evened the score at 17-17. After CCU took back the lead on the next rally, Rigo scored a kill to once again knot the set at 18-all, but the Chanticleers put some distance between themselves and the Seawolves with three straight points en route to a first-set victory.
The Chants claimed a commanding 19-12 advantage in the second stanza, but Stony Brook moved to within four, 20-16, after a 4-0 run. Coastal responded, scoring four of the next five to put the score at 24-17 and the Seawolves on the brink of a 2-0 deficit in sets.
SB then took a gutsy stand, starting with a smack by Rigo. The sophomore outside hitter followed with an ace, and Gillie scored a kill and next teamed up with Dolan for a block. After a timeout by Coastal, Gillie combined with Costello for a stuff as the lead was trimmed to just two, 24-22, but the Chants finally put away the scrappy Seawolves with a block on the next rally and fended off another late SB surge in the third set for the sweep.
The Numbers Game
News and Notes
Stony Brook plays in its fourth and final road tournament next weekend when it travels to the Bryant Invitational. The Seawolves will meet St. John's for the second time this season Friday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. before facing Bryant and Princeton Saturday.