#Seawolves topple UMass Lowell, 3-0

Hathaway led the Seawolves defensively with 11 digs

Nov. 8, 2013

Zelnick (Frank Fumelli)

Allison Zelnick made her debut for the Stony Brook volleyball team Friday night vs. UMass Lowell (Photo Credit: Frank Fumelli) 

Final Stats

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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.

The Numbers Game

  • SB hit .315 and held UML to .147 hitting.
  • Costello tallied six kills and five digs.
  • Stony Brook led in aces, 4-1.
  • UMass Lowell held a slight, 6-4, edge in blocking but dropped to 0-23 overall and 0-11 in America East action. 

News and Notes

  • Hathaway now has 474 digs this season and passed Ellen Chang for ninth on Stony Brook's single-season digs ledger. Chang scooped up 466 attack attempts in 1988.
  • The Seawolves can clinch a berth in the America East Championship with a road win at New Hampshire Sunday afternoon.
  • SB improved to 8-1 all-time against the River Hawks.
  • This is the Seawolves' best record through 11 matches in conference play since 2007, when the squad went 10-1. 


Up Next

Stony Brook travels to New Hampshire to take on the first-place Wildcats Sunday.