Rigo gets 31 kills in volleyball's 3-2 loss to Binghamton

Melissa Rigo

Nov. 11, 2012

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Melissa Rigo (East Northport, N.Y.) became the first Stony Brook volleyball player to reach 30 kills in five seasons, finishing the day with 31 kills in a 3-2 loss (24-26, 27-25, 26-24, 28-30, 15-12) to Binghamton Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium.

The loss eliminated Stony Brook from playoff contention, and the team ends the season 11-14 overall and 6-6 in America East.

By the Numbers

  • Rigo averaged 6.2 kills per set and finished with a .301 hitting percentage. She posted 10+ kills in all 25 matches this season and reached the 20-kill mark nine times. 
  • Rigo was the first Seawolves player since Jackie Ahlers to reach 30+ kills. Ahlers had 31 vs. Albany on Oct. 26, 2007 and 30 on Nov. 8, 2007 vs. Binghamton.
  • It's the eighth time this season Rigo has averaged over five kills per set in a match.
  • Junior Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) posted a career-high 23 kills and had five blocks.
  • Freshman Nicole Vogel (Costa Mesa, Calif.) had a career-high 60 assists, the first Seawolves player to reach that mark since Kelsey Sullivan had 65 in August 2008.
  • Junior Hailee Herc (Eden, N.Y.) had a career-high 25 digs. Sophomore Nicole Parkas (Dix Hills, N.Y.) had a career-high 21 digs.
  • This match featured 60 ties and 20 lead changes.
  • Stony Brook lost for just the second time this season when winning the first set (9-2).

Key Moments

  • The first set came down to the final few points. Binghamton went up 23-21 and seemingly had a hold on the set. But the Seawolves battled back with a kill by Slaughter followed by back-to-back Bearcat attack errors. On SB set point, Binghamton tied the set on a kill from Iva Partaleva. Then Rigo took over with back-to-back kills to give the Seawolves the set.
  • The second set was another tight one. The Seawolves had a 14-10 lead, but the Bearcats battled back. SB had a 24-23 lead and set point, but the Bearcats connected on back-to-back kills. Rigo saved set point with a kill, but the Bearcats won the next two points to even the match at 1-1.
  • The third set also went to a tiebreaker. Slaughter saved set point with a kill to make the score 24-24, but a BU kill and SB attack error gave Binghamton the set.
  • The fourth set was one for the ages. The Seawolves battled back from a 15-10 deficit to tie the set at 22-22. Binghamton then led 24-23 and had match point. The two teams went on to trade the next 11 points with the Seawolves saved five match points, including three by Rigo alone. With Rigo serving at 28-28, the Seawolves benefitted from two attack errors, the winning point coming on a block by sophomore Taylor Gillie (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Stephanie McFadden (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
  • Binghamton jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the fifth set, but the Seawolves fought back behind Slaughter and Rigo, who had a kill to get within one, 13-12. But Binghamton won it on back-to-back kills from Alex Roland.