Costello leads #Seawolves to come-from-behind win over Binghamton, 3-2

Kaitlin Costello matched a career-high with 22 kills for her 14th double-double of the season

Nov. 3, 2013

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Final Stats 

Stony Brook, N.Y. -The Stony Brook volleyball team twice trailed in sets and fell behind by as many as five points in the decisive fifth frame but rallied each time for a thrilling five-set win (27-29, 25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 15-12) over defending America East champion Binghamton Sunday afternoon in front of another great crowd at Pritchard Gymnasium. Senior outside hitter Kaitlin Costello hit a stellar .432 with a match-high 22 kills and 14 digs to lead three Seawolves in double-doubles.

Sophomore Melissa Rigo recorded 16 kills and 10 digs, while classmate Kathy Fletcher tallied 14 kills, 14 digs for Stony Brook (13-14, 7-3 America East).

Sophomore Stephanie McFadden led the contest with seven blocks, all assists, and moved into sixth all-time on Stony Brook's single-season block assist ledger with 89 combo stuffs on the season. The sophomore middle blocker also chipped in a match-high three aces.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction

"When we listened and we processed information and played as a team, those were the sets that we won. In that fifth set, we trailed, but we didn't get rattled."


The opening frame was neck-and-neck from the get-go, but Binghamton used a 3-0 run at the end to prevail, 29-27. 

The Seawolves bounced back in the second and held an 18-16 lead. Costello slammed one home and Rigo followed with a kill to extend the gap to four, 20-16. Costello followed with another smack as Stony Brook went up by five, 21-16, and later locked up the win when Fletcher scored a kill.

Binghamton took a 2-1 lead in the match after winning another nail-biter, 26-24. Stony Brook regrouped quickly and stormed out to a 14-6 lead in the fourth set on the strength of a perfect 100-percent hitting percentage (7-for-7). Binghamton called timeout but could not cool off the red-hot Seawolves as McFadden and Fletcher teamed up for block to extend the advantage to 15-6. The Bearcats then committed an attack error, and Rigo and McFadden followed with a combo-stuff as Stony Brook took a commanding 17-6 lead and rolled on for the win.

Binghamton raced out to a 4-0 lead in the decisive fifth frame and forced Pawlikowski to ask for time. The two sides went back-and-forth in the moments that followed, but the guests took a five-point lead, 7-2, on an SB miscue.

The Seawolves showed grit for the remainder of the match, using a 6-1 run to knot the score at 8-all on an ace by Rigo. Binghamton reclaimed the lead on a kill, but Costello slammed home three consecutive kills to give Stony Brook an 11-9 edge. The Bearcats scored next, but Costello put in another kill to keep the lead at two, 12-10. Rigo set up a match-point opportunity with a smack, and Binghamton committed an attack error to secure a win for the Seawolves. 

The Numbers Game

  • McFadden and Gillie tallied six kills apiece.
  • Lo Hathaway recorded 17 digs for Stony Brook.
  • Nicole Vogel and Hannah Dolan split setter duties, with Vogel posting 34 assists and Dolan chipping in 25.

News and Notes

  • The Seawolves sweep the season series against Binghamton.
  • McFadden passed Maria Samilo `03 and Debbie Keller '88, who each tallied 88 block assists during their Stony Brook careers.

Up Next

Stony Brook wraps up its four-match homestand with a non-conference bout against Sacred Heart Tuesday at 7 p.m.