#Seawolves race past UMass-Lowell in Sunday sweep
Oct. 6, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Kaitlin Costello hit a stellar .500 and finished with nine kills and nine digs, while Hannah Dolan served up a match-best 20 assists as the Stony Brook volleyball team toppled UMass-Lowell in straight sets (25-10, 25-11, 25-16) for its third consecutive win Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Sophomore Melissa Rigo recorded nine kills on .304 hitting and dug up nine River Hawks’ attack attempts for Stony Brook (8-11, 2-1 America East).
UMass-Lowell drops to 0-14 overall and 0-3 in America East action in its inaugural season at the Div. I level.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction
“It was our goal to respect UMass-Lowell and play our game, and I think we did a pretty good job of doing that. Consistency was another thing we talked a lot about in the locker room—coming out from the first point to the last point, and we did that. Everybody off the bench played well today, so it was a good team win.”
The Seawolves broke a 4-4 tie in the opening frame with a 7-1 spurt capped off by a combo-stuff by Taylor Gillie and Dolan that gave them an 11-5 lead. SB never looked back, outscoring the guests, 14-5, the rest of the way for a first-set victory.
Stony Brook continued to dominate in the second stanza. With the Seawolves already leading, 4-2, Stephanie McFadden and Kathy Fletcher scored back-to-back kills. After an attack error against the River Hawks, Rigo recorded a pair of smacks to push the advantage to seven, 9-2. The two sides next swapped service errors, and Dolan hammered one home as the lead ballooned to eight, 11-3. SB did not relent once en route to a 2-0 lead in sets.
Pawlikowski went with a starting lineup of Nicole Vogel, Rigo, Gillie, Shelby Tietjen, Costello, McFadden and Lo Hathaway in the third frame, giving the underclassmen a chance to gain valuable experience. The score was knotted at 8 points apiece when the Seawolves broke the set open with an 8-1 surge starting with a Rigo kill. The sophomore next teamed up with Gillie for a stuff and Tietjen followed with a kill as Stony Brook built an 11-8 advantage. The River Hawks scored a kill to pull to within two, but a pair of kills by Costello and one by Gillie helped Stony Brook take a 16-9 advantage that would carry it to a sweep.
The Numbers Game
News and Notes
Stony Brook is back on the road next weekend for matches against reigning conference champion Binghamton Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and preseason favorite Albany Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.