No. 4 #Seawolves fall to No. 1 UNH in America East Semifinals, 3-0

Hailee Herc had five digs in her final America East match

Nov. 22, 2013

Final Stats

Durham, N.H. – The Stony Brook volleyball team received strong efforts from its all-conference selections senior Kaitlin Costello and sophomore Stephanie McFadden but came up short, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17), against top-seeded UNH in the America East Semifinals. Costello had a match-high 10 kills to go along with nine digs, while McFadden posted nine kills, three blocks and a team-best two aces.

Three additional sophomores joined McFadden in turning in solid performances, proving that the future is bright for Stony Brook (16-17, 9-5 America East) under first-year head coach Coley Pawlikowski. Setter Nicole Vogel recorded her second consecutive double-double on 18 assists and 13 digs, while outside hitter Melissa Rigo and libero Lo Hathaway led the way for the Seawolves on defense with 15 digs and 14 digs, respectively.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

“Tonight, we unfortunately fell short. We did a good job of picking up the tips, which was an improvement. Stephanie McFadden did a really good job working in the middle. Kaitlin Costello and Hailee Herc also contributed significantly in their final America East matches as Seawolves. It was good to see Costello and Herc play confident, free and aggressive volleyball. For my staff, we are happy they left the America East with the accomplishment of playing with that mentality. We have one more match Tuesday and another opportunity to keep growing as a group.”




Despite trailing, 18-11, in the first set, the Seawolves continued to fight. Rigo helped SB trim to deficit to five, 20-15, with a kill, and Kathy Fletcher followed with an ace. Rigo then recorded an emphatic solo stuff to get the Seawolves within three, 20-17; however, the comeback fell short when UNH scored five of the final eight points of the set.

The Wildcats raced out to a 6-0 lead in the second frame, but Stony Brook answered swiftly, using a 9-3 run to tie the score at 9-all when Taylor Gillie and Fletcher teamed up for a block as a back-and-forth contest ensued. UNH broke a 20-20 deadlock and went ahead by three, 23-20, but Costello and McFadden registered back-to-back kills to keep the scrappy Seawolves in the set. The Wildcats would not give up the lead and went on to take the second stanza, 25-23. 

Stony Brook came out firing in the third, with Costello starting the charge on a kill for a 1-0 advantage. Smacks by Gillie, Rigo and Fletcher and an error by UNH propelled the Seawolves to a 5-0 lead. UNH got on the board after Stony Brook was whistled for a service error, but McFadden wasted no time in slamming down a kill to keep the advantage at five, 6-1.

With Stony Brook up, 9-4, the home team climbed back into the frame by tallying five unanswered points to tie things up at 9-9. The two sides remained close over the next couple of moments. Stony Brook took a 15-13 lead when Rigo smacked a kill, but New Hampshire rattled off eight straight points and continued on for the sweep.

The Numbers Game

  • Hannah Dolan tallied 11 assists, helping Stony Brook hold a 33-27 lead in assists.
  • Fletcher finished with four kills and six digs, while Hailiee Herc saw action in two sets and tallied five digs.
  • UNH held a slight edge in aces, 5-4, with Costello and Hathway each notching one for Stony Brook.

News and Notes

  • McFadden climbed to third in Stony Brook single-season history with 112 block assists. The all-time Division I leader in the category passed Betty Develus, who recorded 110 in 1993.
  • The Seawolves were picked to finish fifth and miss the America East Championship altogether in the preseason coaches’ poll but ended up in a tie for second with Albany and UMBC and a four seed in the tournament.
  • Stony Brook made its third trip to the tournament in four years but fell to 4-8 all-time in the conference championship.  
  • UNH improved to 19-12 on the season and will play UMBC in tomorrow’s title match.

Up Next

The Seawolves will look to close out 2013 on a high note when they welcome Yale Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. They will honor their two seniors, Kaitlin Costello and Hailee Herc, in a pre-match ceremony.