Stony Brook falls to UMBC, 3-1, in conference opener
Sept. 27, 2013
Baltimore, Md. – Kaitlin Costello recorded a double-double on 11 kills and 13 digs, while Stephanie McFadden tied a match-high of six blocks, but the Stony Brook volleyball team fell to UMBC, 3-1 (26-28, 25-14, 25-20, 25-21), Friday night at the RAC Arena.
Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway led Stony Brook (5-11, 0-1 America East) with 16 digs, and Hannah Dolan doled out a team-best 29 helpers. Melissa Rigo produced another balanced effort, recording nine kills and 12 digs to go along with two blocks and two aces.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction
“We did not represent ourselves well tonight. A team has to show up every day, every set, every point in order to be successful. Hopefully, we are learning that.”
The Retrievers went in front by four, 20-16, late in the opening frame, but the Seawolves stormed back and evened the set at 23-all on a kill by Costello. UMBC reclaimed the lead after an SB miscue and had an opportunity to secure the stanza, but Kathy Fletcher notched a kill to tie the score at 24-24.
The home team registered the next point; however, back-to-back smacks by Rigo gave the Seawolves their first advantage since leading 4-1, 26-25. After committing an attack error on the ensuing rally, Stony Brook recovered immediately as Rigo hammered a kill and Nicole Vogel followed with an ace that locked up a come-from-behind first-set win, 28-26.
UMBC cruised to a victory in the second and led, 21-16, late in the third stanza. Refusing to roll over, the Seawolves then began a rally on a combined stuff from Fletcher and Taylor Gillie. Fletcher next hammered a kill, and the Retrievers committed two consecutive attack errors to make it a one-point contest, 21-20. That’s as close as SB would get; however, as UMBC tallied the final five points and took a 2-1 lead in the match.
The gritty Seawolves clawed out of an early 11-5 hole with an 8-2 surge culminating in a kill from Costello that knotted the frame at 13-13. UMBC responded by recording the next three for a 16-13 edge, but McFadden teamed up with Fletcher for a block and then scored a kill. After the two sides exchanged service errors, Rigo and McFadden turned back a Retriever attack attempt and evened the set at 17-all. The hosts scored five consecutive points over the next couple of minutes and held off a late comeback attempt by Stony Brook en route to the win.
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News and Notes
Stony Brook concludes its 17-match, season-opening road trip at Fordham Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.