Volleyball beats UNH to advance to Championship Saturday
Nov. 18, 2011
Albany, N.Y. - Senior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) had 16 kills and 21 digs to lead the No. 3 Stony Brook University volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19) victory over the No. 2 New Hampshire Wildcats on Friday in the semifinal round of the 2011 America East Championships. The Seawolves advance to the America East finals on Saturday at 7 p.m., where they will take on the winner of Friday's second semifinal between No. 1 Albany and No. 4 UMBC.
Named America East Player of the Year on Thursday, Nelson tied a career-high with 21 digs as she recorded her 12th double-double of the season. Sophomore Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) added 10 kills on a .320 attack percentage and freshman Laura Hathaway (Warsaw, N.Y.) tallied a career-best 28 digs.
Senior Kelsey Sullivan (Hamilton, Va.) had 35 assists to go along with 15 digs for the Seawolves, who avenged two regular season losses to the Wildcats and advanced to the America East final for the first time since 2007. SBU finished the match with a season-high 93 digs.
The Seawolves took control of the first set with an 8-3 spurt midway through that broke a 10-10 tie. UNH rallied to tie the match at 20, 21 and 23 before back-to-back kill from Slaughter gave Stony Brook a 1-0 advantage.
SBU led most of the way in the second set, pushing out to a 21-14 lead on a New Hampshire attack error. The Wildcats closed within 24-22 but a kill from junior Greta Strenger (Woodbury, N.Y.) ended the set and gave the Seawolves a 2-0 lead.
It looked as if Stony Brook might complete the sweep as it took a 15-11 lead in the third set. UNH ran off six straight points though and never trailed again to cut the SBU lead to 2-1.
But the Seawolves never trailed in taking the fourth set. New Hampshire overcame an early four-point deficit to tie the match at 15 but Stony Brook answered with four consecutive points and UNH got no closer than three the rest of the way.
Amy Keding led New Hampshire with 16 kills.