#Seawolves top Bryant, Princeton at Bryant Invite
Sept. 21, 2013
Smithfield, R.I. - The Stony Brook volleyball team put it all together Saturday, getting contributions from multiple Seawolves and earning solid team wins over Bryant, 3-0 (25-19, 28-26, 26-24), and Princeton, 3-1 (13-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-21), to wrap up play at the Bryant Invitational.
Melissa Rigo notched a pair of double-doubles for Stony Brook (5-10), giving her one in all three matches this weekend and an all-tournament nod. She hit an impressive .542 and tallied 13 kills and 11 digs, adding five blocks along the way in the sweep of Bryant before posting 16 digs and 15 kills on a .306 attack percentage in the nightcap with Princeton.
Hannah Dolan totaled 82 assists in the two-match span, dishing out match-highs of 35 and an outstanding, career-best 47 against Bryant and Princeton, respectively. She joined Rigo with a double-double against Bryant as the junior setter chipped in 11 digs.
Stephanie McFadden recorded a match-best seven blocks and tied captain Lo Hathaway, who led SB with 13 digs, for the team-high in aces with two in the early session with Bryant. Hathaway again paced Stony Brook on defense in the victory over Princeton with her second 20-dig performance of the weekend.
Kaitlin Costello tied Rigo for the team lead in kills with 13 to help SB put away Bryant in straight sets before pacing the squad with 17 kills and a .318 attack percentage against Princeton.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction
On the two wins
"We had a really positive day today, making some necessary and solid changes on the court and playing sound, situational volleyball by making crucial adjustments."
On rallying to beat Princeton
On Nicole Vogel's play
On Melissa Rigo's play
The Seawolves came out of the gate strong and focused against Bryant in the first frame. Costello and McFadden turned back a Bryant attack attempt to give SB a commanding advantage, 16-9.
The Bulldogs called timeout and climbed back into the contest with an 8-4 run. However, smacks from Kathy Fletcher and Rigo and an attack error against the home team swung the momentum back in Stony Brook's favor, 23-17. Moments later, Rigo put the frame away with a kill as the Seawolves took the first set, 25-19.
Though the second set stayed close throughout, Stony Brook maintained the lead much of the way. Bryant used a late push to even the score at 24-all and set up an exciting finish. The Bulldogs committed a service error to put the Seawolves back in front, 25-24, but then took their first lead of the frame, 26-25, with two straight points.
Costello, a senior, showed experience and composure, keeping Stony Brook alive with a kill that put the two sides in a 26-26 deadlock. Fletcher and Taylor Gillie went up for a stuff on the ensuing rally, and Fletcher hammered one home to lift SB to a 28-26 win and 2-0 lead in sets.
The Bulldogs were ahead by three, 21-18, late in the third when McFadden put SB on the comeback trail with a kill. Rigo took over the match thereafter, beginning with a solo block. She then proceeded to post three consecutive kills, each assisted by Dolan, to give the Seawolves a 23-21 advantage, their first since they led 3-1 early in the frame.
Bryant answered with a 3-1 spurt that knotted the set at 24-24, but a Bulldogs' service error and a Costello kill locked up the sweep.
In the evening matchup with Princeton, the Tigers had the hot-hands early, hitting .417 and claiming a 1-0 lead in the match. Though Princeton jumped out to another early advantage in the second set, the Seawolves bounced back and a seesaw stanza ensued.
The two sides were in a 22-all stalemate when Stony Brook asked for time. Gillie scored a kill out of the huddle and after a Princeton kill again evened the score, Costello and Rigo smacked back-to-back kills as Stony Brook grabbed the frame.
The squads remained neck-and-neck in the third with neither able to gain a distinct edge before SB used timely hitting and pulled away late. Holding a two-point lead, 19-17, McFadden and Rigo smacked kills to put Stony Brook up by four, 21-17. The Tigers scored a kill after a timeout, but that's all they would get as the Seawolves tallied four straight points, capped off by a Costello-McFadden block, and won, 25-19.
SB led for much of the fourth, but Princeton kept pace. With the Seawolves ahead by one, 16-15, Costello registered a pair of kills to make it a three-point set, 18-15. Though the Tigers tallied a kill on the ensuing rally, Gillie and Rigo put Stony Brook in front by five, 21-16, with a pair of kills, and the Seawolves fended off a late comeback attempt by the Ancient Eight squad to secure the match.
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News and Notes
Stony Brook opens America East play at UMBC Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.