Volleyball closes regular season with sweep of Providence
Nov. 11, 2011
Providence, R.I. - Senior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) tallied a match-high 14 kills as the Stony Brook University volleyball team closed the regular season with a sweep (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) of the Providence Friars on Friday. With the victory, Stony Brook secured the No. 3 seed in next week's four-team America East tournament.
Sophomore Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) added nine kills while junior Greta Strenger (Woodbury, Minn.) chipped in with eight. Freshman Laura Hathaway (Warsaw, N.Y.) led Stony Brook (14-12, 7-5 AE) with 14 digs.
Providence jumped to a 14-9 lead in the opening set before the Seawolves responded with a 10-2 run to take an 18-16 lead. Lauren Fletcher answered with a kill but SBU closed the set on a 7-2 spurt to take a 1-0 lead.
Stony Brook carried the momentum to the second set, grabbing a 12-5 advantage. The Seawolves expanded their lead to as many as nine before holding on for the five-point victory.
The Seawolves took control of the third set early, scoring nine of the first 10 points. Providence got within seven on three occasions but that was close as they would get and Nelson closed the set and the match out with back-to-back kills.
Stony Brook had 13 aces in the match led by four each from Nelson and Hathaway. SBU held Providence to an .098 attack percentage and no Friar had more than nine kills.