#Seawolves best Binghamton, 3-2, for fourth straight win
Oct. 11, 2013
Vestal, N.Y. -The Stony Brook volleyball team received top-notch contributions from numerous Seawolves and upended the defending America East champion Binghamton, 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-6), Friday night at West Gym.
Stephanie McFadden led the match with eight blocks and added 14 kills on a blazing .550 hitting percentage for Stony Brook (9-11, 3-1 America East). Melissa Rigo notched a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs, while Kaitlin Costello tallied a match-high 16 kills.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction
On the win
"We came out strong and had one of our better starts. We were a bit inconsistent at times, but I am proud that we are learning to play through inconsistencies and find success. Sticking to our game plan mentally is big for our group. It was a good team win, and now we need to focus on Albany."
"Stephanie McFadden had a mega-match and was the most complete she has been yet. It was great to see her trust Dolan by getting in the air and getting her arm through the ball. She was also very focused on the service line and did a good job of putting us in a solid position with her serve."
Kathy Fletcher evened the score at 8-8 in the opening frame with a kill, and Dolan followed with a smack to give the Seawolves a 9-8 edge. Fletcher extended the lead to three, 11-8, on back-to-back aces. After Binghamton scored two of the next three points to close the margin to two, 12-10, consecutive kills by Dolan, Rigo and Costello put the Seawolves up, 15-10. Stony Brook led by as many as 11, 23-12, and clinched the convincing first-set victory on a kill by Costello.
The Seawolves stormed back from a 15-9 deficit in the second stanza to take an 18-17 lead when Costello hammered one home. Binghamton tallied the next four points to go ahead, 20-18; however, back-to-back kills by Rigo evened the contest at 20-all. Neither team would give an inch over the next couple of moments as the score remained deadlocked, 23-23, late in the stanza until the home team scored two kills out of a timeout to clinch the second frame.
Two large runs defined the third stanza. SB rattled off 11 unanswered points and grabbed a commanding 12-4 lead early. Dolan led the way for the Seawolves during the surge with four assists and one ace, but Binghamton outscored Stony Brook, 21-7, thereafter for the win.
In the fourth frame, Rigo broke a 21-21 tie with a kill before a Binghamton attack error put the Seawolves in front, 23-21. The hosts pulled to within one, 23-22, on a kill, but Rigo hammered home an emphatic smack on an assist from Dolan to give SB a set-point opportunity. Binghamton committed an attack error on the ensuing rally to set up a fifth and deciding frame.
Dolan paced Stony Brook in early going of the fifth set, notching one assist, one kill and back-to-back service aces as the Seawolves jumped out to an 8-3 lead. After Binghamton ended Stony Brook's 5-0 spurt with a kill, McFadden recorded a smack and then teamed up with Fletcher for a block as SB claimed a 10-4 advantage and rolled on for the 15-6 victory.
The Numbers Game
News and Notes
The Seawolves visit the defending regular season champion and preseason favorite Albany Sunday for a 2 p.m. match.