Volleyball falls to Albany in America East finals

Sophomore Evann Slaughter

Nov. 19, 2011

Final Stats

Albany, N.Y. - Stony Brook University women's volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday night, falling to the Albany Great Danes 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-17) in the finals of the 2011 America East Championships. Stony Brook ends the season at 15-13.

Playing her final match for the Seawolves, senior outsider hitter Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) finished with 16 kills on a .364 attack percentage. Junior Greta Strenger (Woodbury, Minn.) added 12 kills on a .423 attack percentage and freshman Laura Hathaway (Warsaw, N.Y.) led SBU with 17 digs.

The opening set was close most of the way, with the Seawolves trailing by just one at 17-16 following a Casey Wright attack error. But Albany then scored three straight points and SBU got no closer than three the rest of the way as the Great Danes took a 1-0 advantage.

Stony Brook took a 13-12 lead midway through the second set following a kill from Nelson before Albany scored five of the next seven points to take a two-point lead.

A kill from sophomore Kaitlin Costello (Webster, N.Y.) made it 17-16 but consecutive SBU attack errors made it 19-16 and the Great Danes put the set away a few points later on a kill from Wright.

Albany jumped to a 6-0 lead in the third set but the Seawolves rallied, getting within 11-10 on consecutive attack errors from the Great Danes.

Stony Brook still trailed just 17-15 following a kill from Costello but Albany then went on an 8-2 run to close the set and the match. Wright led Albany with 14 kills.