Albany fends off Stony Brook, 3-1

Rigo's 10th double-double of the year was not enough for Stony Brook at Albany
 
Rigo's 10th double-double of the year was not enough for Stony Brook at Albany
 
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Oct. 13, 2013

Final Stats

Albany, N.Y. - Lo Hathaway recorded a team-high 21 digs and Hannah Dolan, Melissa Rigo and Kaitlin Costello notched double-doubles, but the Stony Brook volleyball team saw its four match unbeaten streak come to an end with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-20, 20-25, 25-22) loss to Albany Sunday afternoon at West Gym.

Hannah Dolan amassed 40 assists for the second match in a row, dishing out 42 helpers to go along with 12 digs, for Stony Brook (9-12, 3-2 America East). Mellissa Rigo registered a double-double for the second consecutive contest on a match-best 15 kills and 20 digs, while Kaitlin Costello recorded 12 kills and 13 digs.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction

"This was not a good performance. It was a great opportunity that was in our control, but we lost it. We started slow and did not have a sense of urgency. If you don't play every point like it's the last, you're not going to be successful. Bottom line."

Recap

Stony Brook used an 8-3 run in the first set to move to within one, 18-17, after an ace by Kathy Fletcher, but Albany pulled away thereafter to claim the opening stanza.

In the second, Costello broke an 11-11 tie with a kill, and Stephanie McFadden and Fletcher followed with smacks of their own as the Seawolves grabbed a 14-11 edge and forced the Great Danes to call timeout. Albany had the hot-hand for the rest of the set to put SB on the ropes.


 

 

Trailing by four, 16-12, midway through the third frame, Stony Brook stormed back and took a 17-16 lead with a 5-0 spurt highlighted by two combo stuffs by Fletcher and Taylor Gillie. A service error put the score at 17-all, but Fletcher moved the Seawolves ahead once again with a kill. After Albany was called for an attack error, Rigo scored a kill to expand the lead to 20-17 as Stony Brook stayed alive with a 25-20 third-set victory.

Though Albany led for much of the way in the fourth set, SB remained within striking distance and knotted it at 19-19 on an Albany miscue. The home team tallied the next two but then committed two errors and called timeout with the score even at 21-all. Albany went ahead for good with a kill out of the huddle to send Stony Brook to its first loss in more than two weeks.

The Numbers Game

  • Stony Brook out-blocked Albany, 6-3, with Gillie recording a match-high five blocks and Fletcher finishing with three.
  • Fletcher posted a season-best 18 digs.
  • McFadden had nine kills.
  • Samantha Bronstrom tallied 15 kills and 20 digs as Albany improved to 3-14 overall and 3-2 in conference play.

News and Notes

  • Stony Brook has still won seven of its last nine matches dating back to a pair of triumphs over Bryant and Princeton on the second day of the Bryant Invitational Sept. 23.
  • Rigo has a team-high 10 double-doubles this season, while Costello has eight and Dolan has two.
  • Dolan has hit the 40-assist mark seven times in 2013.
  • The Seawolves fall to 31-24 all-time against Albany.

Up Next

Stony Brook will look to get back in the win column when it hosts Providence Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Hartford Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.