#Seawolves drop 3-0 decision to Albany

Rigo hit .348 and notched her 11th double-double of the season

Nov. 1, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Melissa Rigo hit .348 with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Kaitlin Costello tallied 13 kills and 10 digs, but the Stony Brook volleyball team came up short against Albany, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-23), Friday night in front of a boisterous crowd at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway led Stony Brook (12-14, 6-3 AE) with 15 digs, while Hannah Dolan dished a team-high 32 assists.


Although it was a sweep, all three sets were close, back-and-forth battles. Albany clung to a one-point lead, 19-18, in the opening frame after Rigo slammed one home. The Great Danes used a 4-0 run thereafter to go in front by five, 23-18, and held on for the win despite two kills from Taylor Gillie and Costello in the moments that followed.

The Seawolves recovered quickly and took an 18-14 advantage in set two when Dolan set up Kathy Fletcher for a kill. Albany asked for time and went on a 9-3 run to go ahead, 23-21. Stony Brook stormed back and knotted the set at 23-all on the strength of back-to-back kills by Costello, but Albany tallied the next two for the win.

SB again had the hot-hand early in the third, racing out to a 10-6 lead after a kill and ace by McFadden. Fletcher and Gillie registered kills to propel the squad to a five-point advantage, 12-7; however, Albany rallied to even the frame at 13 points apiece as a seesaw affair ensued. The guests took a 24-21 lead to put the Seawolves on the brink of the loss, but the scrappy bunch sent the raucous crowd into a frenzy when Rigo scored a kill and an ace. After a timeout, Albany scored a kill to secure the sweep.  



The Numbers Game

  • Fletcher finished with 13 digs.
  • Gillie posted eight kills.
  • Stony Brook held a 5-3 edge in aces.
  • Albany improved to 6-16 overall and 6-3 in America East action behind a match-high 15 kills from Samantha Brostrom.

News and Notes

  • Costello now has a team-high 13 double-doubles this season, while Rigo has 12.
  • Wolfie, the band and dance and cheer teams were on hand to support the Seawolves, and the Stony Brook Pipettes performed the national anthem. Hundreds of SB students packed Pritchard. Students earned points for their undergraduate colleges in the Battle of the UGCs and received free pizza in between sets two and three.
  • Stony Brook falls to 24-32 all-time against Albany and also suffers its first home loss of the season.
  • The loss drops SB into a tie for second-place in the America East with Albany and UMBC. The Seawolves split the season series with UMBC but lost both matches against the Great Danes. 

Up Next

The Seawolves will look to rebound when they host defending champion Binghamton Sunday at 1 p.m.