Rigo selected for European Global Challenge

Rigo had one of the best seasons in SBU volleyball history in 2012

June 6, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Reigning America East Rookie of the Year Melissa Rigo of the Stony Brook volleyball team will compete with Team USA at the Bring it Promotions European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. The tour will take place from July 10-21 and will include training and friendly matches, a competitive four-day tournament and a chance to explore Europe. 

Rigo is the second of two SBU volleyball student-athletes to be selected for the Global Challenge. Rising junior Laura Hathaway will be competing with the Southeastern squad.

“We are thrilled that two of our student-athletes have the opportunity to represent Stony Brook volleyball overseas at the 2013 European Global Challenge this summer,” head coach Coley Pawlikowski said. “Laura and Melissa will be able to play with and against high-level players from around the world while building new relationships and experiencing new cultures. It will be their first trip abroad, and they will be able to make memories that will last a lifetime.”

Rigo will begin her trip by sightseeing in Venice before heading to Maribor, Slovenia for training and friendly matches. She will then partake in the European Global Challenge from July 15-18. 

The outside hitter will be writing a blog entitled “Rigo’s Recap” to update people about her time overseas.



“Volleyball is so much more complete in Europe and in other parts of the world,” Pawlikowski commented. “The exposure to this high-level competition can help Melissa and Laura improve their own skill sets in preparation for the upcoming season here at Stony Brook.”

Rigo produced one of the most dominant seasons in program history during her rookie campaign. She led all America East players and all freshmen in the country in kills per set (4.52) and points per set (5.05). The East Northport, N.Y., product recorded 10 or more kills in every match, 20 or more kills nine times and was the first Seawolf since 2007 to have 30 kills in a match on her way to being named first-team all-conference.

Coley Pawlikowski and assistant volleyball coach Dan Pawlikowski will also head to Europe to participate in the Global Challenge and represent USA Volleyball by coaching the USA women’s junior A1 international training team.

“We are excited to represent USA Volleyball and are looking forward to working with Todd Dodd Dagenais, the head coach at University of Central Florida, as we broaden our perspective and garner valuable international experience,” Coley Pawlikowski said.