Nov. 2, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Melissa Rigo (East Northport, N.Y.) continued her torrid pace with 17 kills, 11 digs and a .410 hitting percentage to lead the Stony Brook volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep of Providence (25-17, 25-17, 25-15) Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.
The Seawolves improve to 5-4 in America East and 10-12 overall. The team remains half a game behind UMBC for the final spot in the America East Championship with three matches remaining. Stony Brook does control its own destiny to get into the playoffs.
Coach Deb DesLauriers' Reaction
"I am extremely happy with our performance tonight. It was great to get some momentum heading into an important match with New Hampshire on Sunday. Right now, we are playing really balanced and cohesive as a team. It was an all-around team effort tonight."
By the Numbers
- Rigo posted her 11th double-double of the season. She also has recorded double-digit kills in all 22 matches this season.
- It's the sixth time this season Rigo has averaged over five kills per set in a match.
- Junior Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) hit a season-high .429 on the night with 12 kills and four blocks.
- Freshman Nicole Vogel (Costa Mesa, Calif.) had 39 assists and led an SB offense that hit a season-high .366 as a team. Vogel also had four blocks.
- Rigo and junior Hailee Herc (Eden, N.Y.) tied for the team lead in digs with 11.
- In the first set, Stony Brook came out on fire with 13 straight points to open the match. Ten of the 13 points came on SB kills, five by Slaughter and four by Rigo. Providence got as close as eight points thereafter.
- The Seawolves also got out to a hot start in the second set as they went up 6-1. PC got within three, 9-6, when the Seawolves rattled off four straight kills. Rigo had two of them, including a big blow that made it 14-6 and forced a Friars timeout. PC got as close as five before the Seawolves pulled away.
- The Friars scored the first point of the third set on a service error for their only lead of the night. Stony Brook then went on a 13-3 run, led by Vogel, who had six assists, a kill and an ace during the run.
Stony Brook is back in action for a critical America East match on Sunday vs. New Hampshire at Pritchard Gymnasium at 1 p.m.