Stony Brook hangs tough in five-set setback to St. John's

Costello tallied 16 kills and 11 digs to tally her fourth double-double of the season

Sept. 20, 2013

Final Stats

Saturday Stats

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).

Senior Kaitlin Costello and sophomore Melissa Rigo continued their strong play with a pair of double-doubles, Costello on a team-high 16 kills and 11 digs and Rigo on 12 kills and 13 digs.

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.

The Numbers Game

  • The Seawolves, who entered the match ninth nationally in aces per set (1.93), continued their strong serving, holding an 8-6 advantage over the Red Storm in aces with Dolan notching five.
  • McFadden and Fletcher chipped in five blocks apiece, all assists, as Stony Brook out-blocked St. John’s, 13-8.
  • Fletcher, a redshirt sophomore playing in her first season with the Seawolves, also recorded five kills, eight digs and one ace.
  • Aleksandra Wachowicz paced St. John’s (9-4) with 28 kills.

News and Notes

  • Hathaway has now recorded 20 or more digs three times this season as she previously finished with 28 against Kennesaw State (9/13) and 27 in a win over Syracuse (9/6).
  • With a 41-assist match against the Red Storm, Dolan has tallied 40-plus assists twice this season. The Rochester, N.Y., product tallied 43 at Syracuse (9/6).
  • Costello and Rigo have both notched four double-doubles this season, including a pair last weekend against Kennesaw State and Tennessee Tech. Rigo also registered a double-double in the victory at Syracuse, while Costello recorded her first of the season against Rutgers (9/7).
  • Stony Brook falls to 1-13 all-time against St. John’s but showed signs of improvement from the last time the two teams met Sept. 11 when the Red Storm swept.

Up Next

The Seawolves will look to rebound tomorrow when they take on Bryant and Princeton at noon and 5 p.m., respectively.