Costello, Slaughter selected for 2014 European Global Challenge
June 16, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Recent graduate Kaitlin Costello '14 and rising redshirt senior Evann Slaughter will play for Bring it Promotions (BIP) Team USA in the European Global Challenge in July. The duo will write blogs and take over the @StonyBrookVB Twitter account throughout their trip.
Costello and Slaughter will leave July 8 and spend July 9-13 in Maribor, Slovenia sightseeing and playing friendly matches against the Slovenia Junior National Team and Russian Select Team. The four-day tournament runs from July 14-17.
"We are very proud and excited to yet again have our athletes representing us on a national stage as they compete in the 2014 10th Annual Global Challenge," Pawlikowski said. "Kaitlin and Evann are at different points in their careers and both will be seeking a different experience out of the trip."
A first-team all-conference selection her senior year, Costello led America East in kills at 3.20 per set. The outside hitter paced Stony Brook with 16 double-doubles and was third in aces per set at .28.
"Kaitlin completed her eligibility last fall and recently graduated this May," Pawlikowski said. "She is joining her teammate on the trip to explore the option of possibly pursuing a professional playing career abroad.
"As a Spanish major, Kaitlin is thinking about potentially teaching English in Spain and is looking to continue playing as well where ever she is placed. She is excited to experience different cultures and get a taste of what playing and living might be like for her abroad if she should chose to pursue that path. This tour and tournament will open Kaitlin's eyes up to various opportunities while experiencing different cultures firsthand. We are excited to see where this leads for her."
Slaughter, a middle blocker, is a two-time All-America East selection and the 2010 Rookie of the Year. She finished in the top ten in the league in kills (274) and hitting percentage (.237) in 2012 on her way to first-team all-conference honors.
"After missing the 2013 season and fully recovering from an ACL injury last spring, Evann will be gaining valuable game experience that she missed while injured," Pawlikowski said. "Not only will Evann have the opportunity to play in a ton of matches, she also will be playing against a high level of competition from around the world.
"The level of competition that Evann will see will undoubtedly push her and be a platform for her to improve all skills of her game. In her position as a middle blocket, she will face several different types of offenses and be challenged by the pace and tempo setters will run. As Evann heads into her last year of eligibility with us, this trip will give her the opportunity to train, travel, live and compete with athletes that she is not familiar with prior to this trip. This year, as we add 6 freshmen to our roster, we are excited for this experience to transfer over to her leadership skills and role with our group upon returning home."
Stay tuned to GoSeawolves.org, @SBAthletics and @StonyBrookVB throughout the month of July for updates on the Seawolves overseas.