Volleyball edges UMBC in five sets
Oct. 22, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Alicia Nelson(Apple Valley, Minn.) had 25 kills and 19 digs as the Stony Brook University volleyball team outlasted the UMBC Retrievers 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13) on Saturday at Pritchard Gymnasium. It was Stony Brook's fourth straight win and fifth in its last six matches.
It was the 11th double-double of the season for Nelson, who finished with 26.5 points. Sophomore Hailee Herc (Eden, N.Y.) had 10 digs and five aces while sophomore Evann Slaughter(Clinton, Md.) chipped in with 10 kills and a career-high nine block assists.
Stony Brook (12-9, 5-2 AE) trailed two sets to one and fell behind 9-5 in the fourth set. The Seawolves still trailed 15-13 but then ran off five straight points with the help of two kills from Slaughter to take a 18-15 advantage.
UMBC cut the SBU lead to 21-20 but a service error from Alexandria Spaay put the Seawolves up 22-20 and Stony Brook sent the match to a fifth set a few points later on another UMBC service error. It was the Seawolves 10th five-set match of the season.
Stony Brook jumped to a 5-2 lead in the fifth set before the Retrievers rallied to take an 8-7 lead. But a kill from Slaughter tied it at eight and SBU then took the lead for good on a block from Slaughter and senior Kelsey Sullivan(Hamilton, Va.).
The Seawolves led 14-11 before consecutive points from UMBC forced a Stony Brook timeout. But Nelson put the match away with her 25th kill as SBU won its seventh five set match of the season.
UMBC did not trail in taking the opening set. Stony Brook cut the Retrievers lead to 24-22 but a kill from Ali Loynachan gave UMBC the 1-0 lead.
Stony Brook jumped to a 10-6 lead in the second set. UMBC got within one on eight different occasions but was never able to tie it. With SBU up 24-23, Nelson closed things out with her seventh kill of the set.
The third set featured seven ties and two lead changes. Stony Brook led 22-19 but the Retrievers scored the final six points to take the 2-1 lead.
The Seawolves return to action on Friday, traveling to take on Binghamton. First serve is set for 7 p.m.