Volleyball rolls to sweep of LIU
Oct. 12, 2011
Brooklyn, N.Y. - Senior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) tallied a match-high 21 kills and the Stony Brook University volleyball team hit a season-high .337 on its way to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21,25-18) victory over the Long Island Blackbirds on Wednesday night. The Seawolves improved to 10-9 with the victory, which snapped a six-match LIU winning streak.
Nelson hit .477 for the match for the Seawolves, who finished the match with 12 blocks (two blocks solos, 20 block assists). Freshmen Taylor Gillie (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Katie Anderson (Anchorage, Alaska) each had a block solo and five block assists while freshman Laura Hathaway (Warsaw, N.Y.) led Stony Brook with 14 digs.
LIU jumped to a 10-4 lead in the opening set and still led 18-12 late in the set. But the Seawolves then seized control, scoring eight of the next 10 points to tie the score at 20.
A service ace from sophomore Hailee Herc (Eden, N.Y) gave Stony Brook its first lead at 24-23. Then, following an LIU timeout, Nelson closed out the set with a kill.
SBU led most of the way in set two, grabbing a 15-10 advantage following an LIU attack error. The Blackbirds closed within two on six occasions but were never able to get any closer as the Seawolves took a 2-0 lead.
Stony Brook led from start to finish in the third set as SBU jumped to a 10-3 lead and never looked back to finish off the sweep. The Seawolves held the Blackbirds to an attack percentage of .145 for the match.
SBU returns to America East play on Sunday, hosting Providence at Pritchard Gymnasium. First serve is set for 1 p.m.