Band, Costello help #Seawolves rock Providence, 3-1

Costello registered a season-best 22 kills and hit .409

Oct. 18, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. -The Stony Brook volleyball team was balanced offensively and defensively, placing three Seawolves in double-figures in kills and digs, in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 30-28) win over Providence in front of a raucous crowd and the best band around Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Senior Kaitlin Costello turned in arguably the finest performance of her career, tallying a personal-best, match-high 22 kills on a blazing .409 hitting percentage to go along with 13 digs for Stony Brook (10-12, 4-2 America East).

Sophomore Melissa Rigo also posted a double-double with 18 kills and 15 digs, while sophomore captain Lo Hathaway recorded a match-leading 22 digs. Kathy Fletcher finished with 11 kills on .308 hitting and chipped in seven digs.

Nicole Vogel and Hannah Dolan split setting duties, dishing out 34 and 21 assists, respectively. 

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

”In the first set, we just came out tight and went away from what we were trying to do, which is to play aggressive volleyball. I think when we calmed down, stuck to our game plan and played as a team; we started to work ourselves out of it. It was really important to see us work ourselves out of it.” 


Providence (11-12, 3-3 America East) edged out Stony Brook in the first set despite nine kills from Costello.  The Seawolves hit an impressive .382 in the opening stanza, but the Friars posted a .452 hitting percentage. 



Trailing, 17-11, in the second stanza, the Seawolves used with a 5-1 run that included two kills by Rigo and one by Taylor Gillie to pull to within two, 18-16, and force Providence to ask for time. The Friars scored a kill out of the huddle to extend their cushion to three, 19-16, but a Rigo kill and a pair of Providence errors evened the frame at 19-all. Providence tallied three of the next four points and went ahead, 22-20. Pawlikowski called timeout, and the Seawolves rattled off five consecutive points, securing a come-from-behind victory on a kill by Rigo. 

Neither team would give an inch in the third frame. With the score knotted at 23-all, Gillie and Costello hammered home back-to-back smacks to lift Stony Brook to a win and 2-1 advantage in sets.

SB was in control for much of the fourth frame, grabbing a 20-12 lead late, but Providence climbed back and tied it at 23-23 to set off a thrilling finish. The two sides matched each other point-for-point, spoiling each other's set-point opportunities a combined five times before Rigo secured the frame, 30-28, and match on an emphatic kill. 

The Numbers Game

  • The Seawolves' best hitting of the match came in the second set when they hit .393.
  • Stephanie McFadden finished with four blocks, while Gillie and Fletcher had three apiece.
  • The two teams entered the contest first and second in the league in aces and both finished with four aces. Dolan, Rigo, Vogel and Gillie each had one ace.
  • After hitting .452 in the first set, Providence could not top .200 for the remainder of the contest and hit .205 for the match. 

News and Notes

  • SB is 7-2 in its last nine matches.
  • Stony Brook moves to a perfect 8-0 all-time against Providence.
  • The Seawolves improve to 3-0 at home and 3-3 in four-set matches on the season.

Up Next

Stony Brook hosts Hartford Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.