#Seawolves topple UMass Lowell, 3-0
Nov. 8, 2013
Allison Zelnick made her debut for the Stony Brook volleyball team Friday night vs. UMass Lowell (Photo Credit: Frank Fumelli)
Lowell, Mass. - Sophomore Stephanie McFadden recorded nine kills and hit at a .600 clip, while classmate and captain Lo Hathaway tallied a match-high 11 digs to lead the Stony Brook volleyball team to a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-21, 26-16) over UMass Lowell Friday night at the Costello Center.
Melissa Rigo and Taylor Gillie recorded seven kills apiece on .429 and .333 hitting, respectively, for Stony Brook (15-14, 8-3 America East). Rigo also recorded five digs, and Hannah Dolan led the contest with 31 helpers.
Allison Zelnick played in her first collegiate volleyball match in the third and final frame.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction
"UMass Lowell is a team with a ton of heart and fight! They pushed us out of our comfort zones, which was a good opportunity for us to handle stress as we head into the final stretch of the season. We did a great job as a team tonight. Cailyn Hart scooped up eight digs, and Hailee Herc recorded an ace and a kill. Allison Zelnick made her debut and also served on set point. The team did a great job rallying together and working for each other tonight."
The Seawolves came out firing in the first frame and took a commanding 12-5 lead after kills by Gillie and Costello. UMass Lowell scored a kill out of a timeout, but Rigo and Costello came right back with smacks to extend the advantage to eight, 14-8. Later, a Costello kill propelled Stony Brook to a convincing win, 25-15.
In a much closer second set, UMass Lowell asked for time after Hart found Gillie for a kill to give the Seawolves a 22-19 edge. After committing a service error, Stony Brook tallied the next two on a UML miscue and a Gillie smack for a 24-20 lead. The two sides traded service errors thereafter as Stony Brook took a 2-0 advantage in the match.
Rigo broke a 6-6 tie in the third set with back-to-back kills. Each side committed an error in the moments that followed before Dolan hammered one home to extend SB's lead to three, 10-7. After UMass Lowell erred on a serve, Rigo and Dolan teamed up for a block that put Stony Brook up, 12-7. The Seawolves never looked back, clinching the win on a kill by Dolan.
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News and Notes
Stony Brook travels to New Hampshire to take on the first-place Wildcats Sunday.