#Seawolves invade NYC for Columbia Invitational
Sept. 4, 2014
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NEW YORK – The Stony Brook volleyball team is set to take part in the Columbia Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Seawolves open play against Fairfield Friday at 5 p.m. and tangle with Columbia and Bucknell Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.
Live stats for all matches will be provided by Columbia at the link above. All matches will be streamed by Columbia for FREE on the Ivy League Digital Network. The @SBAthletics Twitter handle will periodically post updates. Remember to use the hashtag #Seawolves when tweeting about Stony Brook Athletics.
Last Time Out
Junior outside hitter and East Northport, N.Y., native Melissa Rigo tallied team highs of 12 kills and eight digs, but Stony Brook (2-2) fell to Hofstra, 3-0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-22), Wednesday night in Hempstead, N.Y. The meeting was the first between the two Long Island schools since 2009. Senior middle blocker Taylor Gillie tallied five blocks, and junior libero Lo Hathaway tied Rigo for the team lead in digs with eight.
Series History vs. Opponents
Fairfield owns a 3-2 lead in the all-time series with Stony Brook, but SBU has won the last two meetings including a sweep in 2007. The Seawolves are 6-6 all-time against Columbia, most recently winning in four sets at the Columbia Invitational in 2009. Stony Brook last met Bucknell in 2012, a straight-set victory, and sits at 9-0 in the series.
Fairfield (1-3) picked up its first win of the season with a five-set victory over Coastal Carolina to close out the UNC Wilmington Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Classic Saturday. Graduate student and setter Carsen Mata is averaging 5.56 helpers per set.
Columbia will play its first matches of the season this weekend. Junior outside Bailey Springer was an All-Ivy League second team honoree in 2013 after leading the Ancient Eight in kills at 3.55 per set and points at 3.89 per set.
Bucknell (1-2) took down Sacred Heart in five sets Saturday at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Classic for its first win of the season. Sophomore libero Kristin Parks headed up the defensive efforts, averaging a team-high 3.57 digs per set.
Melissa Rigo has recorded double figures in kills in three of Stony Brook’s first four matches, including a 12-smack performance Wednesday at Hofstra. She notched her first double-double of the year on 14 kills and 10 digs vs. Bradley Saturday, Aug. 30. The 2013 America East All-Academic selection and 2012 Rookie of the Year paces the Seawolves in kills (3.07/set) and is second in digs (1.87/set).
Redshirt senior middle blocker Evann Slaughter performed well in her return to the court after missing the 2013 season with a torn ACL. She reached double figures in kills against DePaul (11) and Bradley (10) and averaged 2.08 kills per frame at the DePaul Invite. Slaughter, who has led Stony Brook in blocks in all three of her seasons, currently sits fifth in school history with 207 career block assists and eighth with 282 total stuffs. She needs two blocks to tie Katie McCabe (1997-00) for seventh in program history in career blocks.
Redshirt junior libero Lo Hathaway broke the single-season school digs record last season with 553 digs and finished fifth in single-season program history in digs per set at 4.29. She had a match-high 16 scoops in Stony Brook’s win over DePaul Friday, Aug. 29 and tied for the team lead with eight digs at Hofstra.
West Chicago Ill., native Kathy Fletcher was named to the DePaul Invite All-Tournament Team for her efforts during Stony Brook’s opening weekend. Playing in front of a hometown crowd, Fletcher tied for a team best with 2.75 kills per set and was second in digs at 1.92 digs per set. She led Stony Brook in kills in both contests Saturday, Aug. 30 with 11 vs. Hampton and a match-high 18 vs. Bradley.
Stony Brook welcomes six promising freshmen to the fold as the program continues to grow under Coley Pawlikowski. Click on the bio links below for more on the newest Seawolves.
Melann Amory (Fr., OH/DS, 5-10)...................Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh
Cydney Bowman (Fr., MB/OH, 5-11)………..Lake Mary, Fla./Lake Mary
Emily Costello (Fr./OH/6-2)……………………Webster, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy
Abby Hickey (Fr., DS/OH, 5-6)…………………Dekalb, Ill./Dekalb
Dani Nizich (Fr., DS/S, 5-4)……………………..Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East
Courtney Scanlan (Fr., MB/OH, 6-1)………...Salamanca, N.Y./Ellicotville
A rising star in the collegiate volleyball coaching ranks and a tenacious recruiter of student-athletes, Pawlikowski is a three-time recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 award. She was hired on January 16, 2013.
In her first year at the helm, Pawlikowski guided to Seawolves back to the America East Championship and mentored a pair of all-conference picks in Kaitlin Costello (first team) and Stephanie McFadden (second team). Stony Brook consistently ranked near the top of the country in aces per set, finishing the year 10th at 1.69. The Seawolves are also excelling off the court under her watch and were honored with their first AVCA Team Academic Award.
A tenacious recruiter, Pawlikowski added six promising Seawolves to the roster in her first full recruiting class as she looks to build a championship program. She served as the defensive position coach at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers lead the Big Ten in digs per set as a team and boast the individual digs champion.
Pawlikowski previously worked as the top assistant coach for her alma mater, Northern Illinois, from 2009-12, where she helped guide the Huskies to a 2011 Mid-American Conference regular season title and an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The Seawolves host Fairfield in their home opener Tuesday at 7 p.m. Admission to Pritchard Gymnasium is FREE and open to the public.