Hathaway breaks single-season digs mark, #Seawolves honor seniors in 3-1 loss to Yale

Hailee Herc recorded 11 digs on her Senior Night
 
Hailee Herc recorded 11 digs on her Senior Night
 
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Nov. 26, 2013

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Playing on their Senior Nights, Kaitlin Costello recorded 14 kills and 15 digs, while Hailee Herc tallied a season-high 11 digs in her first start of the season as the Stony Brook volleyball team wrapped up its season with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-15) loss to Yale Tuesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway made history in the fourth set, tallying her 13th dig of the night to pass Noelle Bay for the program's all-time single-season dig record. Hathaway finished with 20 digs in the match and 553 in 2013. Bay racked up 545 digs in 2007.

Hathaway also finished the year fifth in Stony Brook single-season history in digs per set at 4.29. Her 2011 mark of 4.25 sits tied for seventh with Stasia Nikas (1989). 

The Seawolves conclude the season at 16-18 overall and 9-5 in the America East, their third-best winning percentage in conference play behind 2007 (.917) and 2003 (.714).

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction

"We played well tonight. Yale is a very solid team and plays consistent volleyball. This was a great way to end our season. We made some changes individually and as a group that we have been trying to make all year, so it was great to see it come together. Our seniors hopefully feel like they ended on a good note, and we are so very proud of the growth we have seen on and off the court in both of them this season!"

Recap

SB was ahead the entire opening stanza and took a 20-17 lead over the NCAA-bound Bulldogs on a kill by Costello. Stephanie McFadden and Kathy Fletcher teamed up for a block and Yale followed with an attack error to push the Stony Brook advantage to five, 22-17. The guests scored the next two, but the Seawolves responded with three consecutive kills, clinching the first set on a slam by Melissa Rigo. 

Yale raced out to an early 4-0 advantage in the second set before committing a service error. The Seawolves stormed back, tying it at six when Hannah Dolan set up Fletcher for a smack as a back-and-forth contest ensued. Costello evened the score at 14-14 with a kill, but Yale registered the next four to go in front, 18-14, and held off the Seawolves to put the match at one set apiece.

Stony Brook was within one, 6-5, after a Bulldog service error; however, Yale tallied the next five points to take a 10-5 lead and force an SB timeout. Taylor Gillie hammered home a kill out of the huddle and Rigo followed with a kill to trim the deficit to three, 10-7. The Seawolves could not inch closer, as the Bulldogs went on an 8-4 run thereafter that propelled them to the win and used another hot start in the fourth set to ice the match.

The Numbers Game

  • Dolan and Nicole Vogel tallied 16 assists apiece.
  • Rigo had six kills and 10 digs.
  • Kelly Johnson recorded a double-double on 12 kills and 16 digs, while Kendall Polan tallied a match-high 47 assists for Yale (20-4).
  • Each team finished with four aces.

News & Notes

  • Costello's double-double was her team-best 16th on the season.
  • McFadden wraps the season third all-time and first on Stony Brook's Division I ledger in blocks assists with 115.