Gillie, McFadden lead #Seawolves back to AE Tournament with 3-1 win at Providence
Nov. 17, 2013
Providence, R.I. -The Stony Brook volleyball team used stellar play by middle blockers Taylor Gillie and Stephanie McFadden to secure a four-set victory over Providence by set scores of 25-19, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-22 Sunday afternoon.
Gillie led Stony Brook (16-16, 9-5 America East) with 12 kills and chipped in five blocks, while McFadden posted 10 kills and a match-high eight stuffs. The duo hit well to boot, with Gillie registering a .476 attack percentage and McFadden hitting .471.
Nicole Vogel registered her first double-double of the season on a team-high 20 assists and 11 digs. She split setting duties with Hannah Dolan, who tallied 17 assists. Lo Hathaway led the team with 21 digs, while Kaitlin Costello tallied 10 kills and Kathy Fletcher had 14 digs to round out a balanced offensive and defensive effort.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction
"Our middles did a great job today of working for the entire match. They both did a really good job blocking and overall, they played a really well rounded match offensively and defensively. Gillie and Steph put themselves in good positions to get the ball and were able to execute efficiently. It was good to end the regular season with a solid win and performance heading into the tournament."
Stony Brook led by as many as five in the first frame, but Providence stayed within striking distance and was within two, 18-16, after a kill. Kathy Fletcher stepped up and scored back-to-back aces to give SB some breathing room with a 20-16 advantage. The Seawolves scored five of the next eight points to secure a 25-19 first-set win.
Despite a strong start, Stony Brook called timeout down, 13-11, in the second set. Fletcher scored a kill out of the huddle, and Gillie and Melissa Rigo teamed up for a combo stuff to even the stanza at 13-13. The Seawolves later went ahead by one, 22-21, after two Providence miscues, but the Friars answered with a 3-0 run for 24-22 lead and held on to even the match at one set apiece.
Trailing by one, 14-13, in the third frame Stony Brook tallied six consecutive points, including back-to-back aces by Costello to go in front by five, 19-14, and secured the win on a kill by Gillie.
In the fourth set, the Seawolves used an 8-2 run to take a sizable 18-10 advantage when Rigo slammed one home. The Friars mounted a furious rally in the moments that followed and were within one, 23-22 after a kill; however, a pair of Providence errors iced the match for Stony Brook.
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News and Notes
Stony Brook will play top-seeded New Hampshire in the America East semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.H.