McFadden breaks record as #Seawolves sweep Sacred Heart

McFadden's 96 block assists are a single-season Division I record at Stony Brook

Nov. 5, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Sophomore Stephanie McFadden recorded a match-high seven block assists to become the Stony Brook volleyball team’s all-time Division
I leader in combo stuffs as #Seawolves toppled Sacred Heart, 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-20), Tuesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.

McFadden now has 96 block assists on the season, which ranks fourth all-time in program history and tops Tesha Harry’s previous Division I mark of 92 set in 2003.

Kaitlin Costello posted her team-leading 15th double-double of the season on 10 kills and 11 digs as the Seawolves reached the .500 mark at 14-14 heading into an important weekend of conference action.

Several sophomores again turned in solid efforts as Kathy Fletcher hit .412 with seven kills and eight digs, and Melissa Rigo turned in 14 kills and hit .389. Defensively, team captain Lo Hathaway posted a match- and team-high 14 digs.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

“We talked about just taking care of business tonight. We talked about who we wanted to serve and blocking schemes. I think when we did that, it was really apparent. This was one of the better blocking matches that we’ve had all year. Steph and both of our pins did a really good job of identifying the situation. I think when we executed our game plan, we were solid. Sacred Heart is a solid team that does a lot of things that we don’t see in our conference, so getting that sweep was really important for us.”




Stony Brook trailed, 25-24, in a back-and-forth opening stanza when Rigo smacked a kill to even the score. A Sacred Heart attack error gave the Seawolves a chance to secure the set, and they took advantage of it as Hannah Dolan and McFadden teamed up for a block.

SB trailed, 10-3, in the second frame but used an 8-1 surge to jump right back into the contest and tie the score at 11-11. Costello scored two kills during the spurt, including the equalizer. Back-to-back kills by Fletcher propelled Stony Brook to a 16-13 lead. After the Pioneers were called for a miscue, the Seawolves registered back-to-back combo stuffs to go ahead by six, 19-13, and capped off a 6-0 run on another SHU attack error.  They later locked up the set on a kill by Dolan.

The final set was a seesaw affair for much of the way. With the home team up one, 20-19, Gillie scored a kill. Hathaway notched an ace to expand the gap to three points, 22-19, and Costello slammed home a kill to put Stony Brook in front, 23-19. McFadden and Dolan then combined for a block to give the Seawolves a match-point opportunity. Sacred Heart briefly staved off a loss with a kill but committed a service error on the next play as SB wrapped up its four-match homestand with a win. 

The Numbers Game

  • Nicole Vogel and Dolan split setting duties and dished out 17 and 12 assists, respectively. 
  • Stony Brook out-blocked Sacred Heart, 7.5-1.  Dolan and Fletcher tallied three apiece. The duo led the team in service aces with two each.
  • The Seawolves hit .305 for the match.

News and Notes

  • Hathaway entered the top 10 on Stony Brook’s single-season digs list with 463. She passed Jessica Serrano and Nancy Streiber, who tallied 462 digs in 1997 and 1988, respectively.
  • Stony Brook improved to 10-0 all-time against Sacred Heart and 2-0 this season. The Seawolves previously downed the Pioneers in their season opener Aug. 30 to hand Pawlikowski her first win as a Division I head coach.
  • SB is 7-1 at Pritchard this year.
  • Sacred Heart drops to 13-13 on the season. 

Up Next

The #Seawolves begin the homestretch of conference play with a pair of important road matchups at UMass Lowell Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and first-place New Hampshire Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.