#Seawolves gut out five-set victory over UNH in home opener

Fletcher recorded her first double-double of the season
 
Fletcher recorded her first double-double of the season
 
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Oct. 4, 2013

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Stony Brook, N.Y. – Melissa Rigo, Kaitlin Costello and Kathy Fletcher each recorded a double-double, while sophomore captain Lo Hathaway finished with a match-high 27 digs as the Stony Brook volleyball team took down conference foe New Hampshire, 3-2 (25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-13), Friday night in front of a sea of red at Pritchard Gymnasium. 

Melissa Rigo led the match with 18 kills and added 10 digs, and Kaitlin Costello posted 14 kills and 10 digs for Stony Brook (7-11, 1-1 America East). Kathy Fletcher registered her first double-double as a Seawolf on 10 kills and 11 digs.

Hannah Dolan dished out 45 assists.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

“I think tonight we did a really good job. When we play confident and aggressive volleyball and we stick to making changes and getting outside of our comfort zones, we are a very good team.”

Recap

The Seawolves used a 5-0 run to grab a 20-15 advantage in the opening set, but the Wildcats rallied and moved to within one, 23-22. After Pawlikowski asked for time, Taylor Gillie smacked an emphatic kill to give the home team a set-point opportunity. UNH committed an attack error, locking up a 25-22 win for Stony Brook.

New Hampshire took the second set and raced out to a 17-11 lead in the third. Stony Brook tallied six unanswered, including back-to-back aces by Dolan, and knotted the score at 18-all on a combo-stuff by Fletcher and Stephanie McFadden.  The Seawolves took their first lead of the stanza, 19-18, when Rigo hammered one home and Fletcher scored a kill to push it to 20-18. SB never trailed again in the third on its way to a 2-1 edge in sets. 

The Wildcats got off to another strong start in the fourth frame to set up a fifth and deciding set. With the score even at 11-11, McFadden recorded back-to-back kills to give the Seawolves a 13-11 advantage. Moments later, they locked up the five-set thriller on a kill by Costello. 

The Numbers Game

  • Costello recorded a match-high six aces, while Dolan and McFadden each had four.
  • McFadden tallied eight kills on .412 hitting and a match-best seven blocks.
  • Fletcher finished with five blocks.

News and Notes

  • Rigo now has a team-leading eight double-doubles on the season, while Costello has seven.
  • The win is the first home and America East victory for Pawlikowski.
  • This is Stony Brook’s first win in a home opener since 2008.
  • The Seawolves honored alumnae with a ceremony in between sets two and three and a pizza party following the match.

Up Next

Stony Brook hosts America East’s newest member, UMass-Lowell, Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear red to the match and join the conversation using the hashtags #Seawolves and #SpreadtheRED.