Stony Brook hangs tough in five-set setback to St. John's
Sept. 20, 2013
Smithfield, R.I. –The Stony Brook volleyball team battled back from a 2-1 deficit in sets to force a fifth frame against St. John’s but ultimately fell, 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8), Friday night in its opening match of the Bryant Invitational. Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway turned in a 20-dig performance, while junior Hannah Dolan posted 41 assists for Stony Brook (3-10).
Junior Taylor Gillie recorded a match-best seven blocks and hit .467 with nine kills.
Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction:
“We had some really great moments tonight and at times played the best volleyball we have played all year. Unfortunately, we did not have enough of those moments at crucial times. We focused a lot this past week on trust, talking and listening on the court as well as working on different things offensively. When we executed that, we saw positive results. We had some people have solid learning moments where they tried things outside their comfort zones and saw success. Hopefully, we learn from that.”
The first set was a gripping affair with both sides matching one another point-for-point, run-for-run. St. John’s used a 3-0 spurt to take a 21-20 lead, but Dolan set Costello up for a kill to even the score. SJU tallied the next two; however, Costello hammered a kill and Gillie and Kathy Fletcher teamed up for a stuff to tie it up again.
The Red Storm scored a kill and had an opportunity to lock up the set, up 24-23. Fletcher kept the Seawolves alive with a smack. St. John’s scored next but followed with three straight errors, the third coming on a block by Fletcher and Stephanie McFadden as SB gutted out the exhausting stanza, 27-25.
In the following two frames, St. John’s used fast starts and solid hitting, including a .467 percentage in the third set, to take a 2-1 lead in the match and put SB on the brink.
Stony Brook responded, roaring back with a 7-3 run capped off with a block by Rigo to open the fourth stanza. The Seawolves continued to surge and led by as many as five, 14-9, after Dolan notched an ace that forced the Red Storm to call timeout.
The Big East program came out of the huddle strong, outscoring SB 10-5 in the moments that followed to tie the score at 19-19. Stony Brook grabbed the advantage right back when Costello smacked a kill and Gillie and Dolan combined for a block. Two consecutive points by St. John’s evened the score at 21-all, but Costello again put the Seawolves in front, 22-21, on a kill. The two sides then swapped errors, and back-to-back kills by Fletcher and Costello lifted Stony Brook to a 25-22 fourth-set victory.
SB rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the fifth and deciding frame with a 4-1 run, highlighted by two Gillie stuffs to move to within three, 8-5. However, St. John’s outscored Stony Brook, 7-3, down the stretch to ice the match.
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The Seawolves will look to rebound tomorrow when they take on Bryant and Princeton at noon and 5 p.m., respectively.