Balanced attack leads volleyball past Hartford
Nov. 4, 2011
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) led three Seawolves in double-figures with 18 kills and the Stony Brook University volleyball team hit .323 on its way to a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-16) victory over the Hartford Hawks on Friday at Pritchard Gymnasium. SBU returns to action Sunday, hosting UNH at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.
Nelson hit .349 for the match while sophomore Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) chipped in with 11 kills. Junior Greta Strenger (Woodbury, Minn.) added 10 kills and freshman Taylor Gillie (Fort Wayne, Ind.) finished with eight.
Senior Kelsey Sullivan (Hamilton, Va.) orchestrated the Seawolves offense and finished with 39 assists, 11 digs and six kills. Sophomore Hailee Herc (Eden, N.Y.) led Stony Brook (13-11, 6-4 AE) with 12 digs.
The Seawolves dominated after dropping the opening set to the Hawks. SBU hit .135 in the first set but then hit .412, .318 and .452 in the final three sets.
In the first set, Hartford used a 6-0 run midway through to take a 14-8 lead. SBU got within 24-21 on a kill from Sullivan but Taylor McCreery answered with a kill to give Hartford a 1-0 lead.
Hartford controlled the second set early, jumping to a 7-3 lead. But Stony Brook responded with a 13-5 run to go in front 16-12 and Hartford got no closer than three the rest of the way as SBU evened the match at one.
Stony Brook never trailed in cruising to a 12-point victory in the third set. Slaughter had three kills in the set while Gillie and Nelson added two apiece.
The fourth set was close most of the way with Hartford tying the set at 15 on a Slaughter attack error. But a Strenger kill gave the Seawolves the lead for good and senior Masa Balandzic (Pljevlja, Montenegro) followed with an ace.
A kill from Sareeta Nethersole made it 17-16 but that is the final point the Hawks scored as SBU closed the set on an 8-0 run highlighted by two kills each from Nelson and Slaughter. The victory snapped a two-match Stony Brook losing streak.
Kami Nethersole led Hartford with 12 kills.