Nov. 9, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Melissa Rigo (East Northport, N.Y.) had a dominating 24 kills in just four sets, but the Stony Brook volleyball team was unable to push past UMBC, falling to the Retrievers 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-14, 26-24), in a close match that could have easily gone the other way.
Stony Brook's four-match winning streak was snapped as the team falls to 6-5 in America East with one match to play. The Seawolves still can reach the America East Championship as long as they beat Binghamton on Sunday, although it will likely come down to a tiebreaker.
Coach Deb DesLauriers' Reaction
"Today we just didn't play as balanced and cohesive a volleyball match as we had been over the last few weeks. We'll learn from today and prepare for Sunday and a big match with Binghamton."
By the Numbers
- Rigo added 13 digs to her 24 kills for her 12th double-double of the season. She also has recorded double-digit kills in all 24 matches this season.
- It's the seventh time this season Rigo has averaged over five kills per set in a match.
- Freshman Nicole Vogel (Costa Mesa, Calif.) had a career-high 52 assists and added 11 digs for her ninth double-double.
- Junior Evann Slaughter had 11 kills and five blocks.
- The first set proved to be tight with 10 ties, two lead changes and neither team holding more than a four-point advantage. The Seawolves battled back from down 15-11 to tie at 19-19 on back-to-back Rigo kills. SB took the lead 24-23 and was serving for set point, but a service error tied the game up. Slaughter hit a kill to make it 25-24, and SB again served for set point, but UMBC came up with three straight kills to win 27-25.
- The second set was also close and well-fought between the two teams. Tied at 10-10, the Seawolves won 10 of the next 15 points to go up 20-15. UMBC battled back and used three consecutive aces to tie the set at 20-20. But the Seawolves were resolved to win. Rigo broke the streak with a big kill, UMBC committed two errors, then sophomore Taylor Gillie (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had a big kill to make it 24-22 before SB closed out the set win with a Gillie-Slaughter block.
- The third set was all UMBC despite seven more kills from Rigo. The Retrievers went up 10-6 before Rigo had back-to-back kills to get SB within two, 11-9, and another kill to make it 12-10. UMBC ended the set on a 13-4 run.
- The fourth set, much like the first set, had seven ties and four lead changes. The Seawolves fell behind 17-9, but they made a furious comeback with 10 of the next 12 points, led by Rigo's four kills. Freshman Stephanie McFadden (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) had a kill to get SB within one, 20-19. SB then tied it at 22-22 on a Slaughter kill and went up 24-23 on a Rigo kill. However, the Seawolves were unable to win set point as they had three straight attack errors to allow UMBC to escape with a victory.
Stony Brook closes out the regular season at home against Binghamton Sunday at noon with a playoff spot hanging in the balance. Prior to the game, the Seawolves will honor Greta Strenger
as part of Senior Day.