Volleyball heads to Syracuse for four-match invitational
Sep 5, 2013
Syracuse, N.Y. – After taking two of three matches during the opening weekend of the Coley Pawlikowski era, the Stony Brook volleyball team heads to Syracuse for four challenging matches, two of which will come against power conference opponents, this weekend at the Syracuse Candlewood Suites Invitational. The Seawolves begin play with Colorado Friday at 8:30 a.m. before taking on Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. SB wraps up competition Saturday with a pair of matches against Rutgers (2:30 p.m.) and Oakland (5 p.m.).
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (2-1) kicked off the 2013 season Friday, Aug. 30 by handing Pawlikowski her first win as a Div. I head coach with a 3-1 victory over Sacred Heart at the Crusader Classic hosted by Holy Cross. Lo Hathaway recorded a match-high 12 digs, while Hannah Dolan dished out 24 assists and tallied a match-best six aces. Melissa Rigo chipped in eight kills and five digs in a balanced effort as the Seawolves won their first season opener since 2006.
SB dispatched of the hosts in three on Saturday behind 32 assists from Dolan and 10 digs by Hathaway to move to 2-0 for the first time in seven years. Kaitlin Costello and Shelby Tietjen paced Stony Brook on offense with 13 kills and 12 kills, respectively.
The Seawolves fell to Manhattan in three in their final match of the weekend despite 37 assists from Dolan, 17 digs from Hathaway and 12 kills apiece from Tietjen and Costello. Hathaway and Dolan were named to the Crusader Classic All-Tournament team.
Hathaway led the Seawolves in digs in every match last weekend, including a match-high of 12 in the season-opening win against Sacred Heart and a 17-dig performance against Manhattan. The sophomore captain, who also chipped in three aces on her way to All-Crusader Classic honors, is currently fourth in the conference in digs per set with a 3.90 average.
Dolan shined in her debut as Stony Brook’s primary setter, totaling 93 assists and capturing a spot on the all-tournament team. She also at least tied for a match-best in aces in every contest last weekend, including notching six against Sacred Heart. Dolan sits atop the America East standings in total aces (10) and aces per set (1.00) and is third in assists per set with 9.30.
Meet the New Boss
A rising star in the collegiate volleyball coaching ranks, Pawlikowski was hired in January after spending a year as the top assistant at the University of Wisconsin and is a three-time recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award.
A tenacious recruiter, Pawlikowski assisted in the continued recruitment and commitment of the No. 1 recruit in the nation as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com for the Badgers' 2013 season. She was also responsible for seeking out and signing a 2013 Under Armour High School All-American, one of three high school All-Americans UW added for 2013. Pawlikowski 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.
Scouting the Buffs
Colorado, a member of the Pac-12, split a pair of matches against St. Mary’s last weekend, dropping the first, 1-3, but taking the second, 3-1. Sophomore outside hitter Austin Alexis paces the Buffs with 24 kills and three kills per set, while classmate Nicole Edelman has 82 assists and 10.25 assists per set.
Scouting the Orange
A new addition to the ACC, Syracuse enters the weekend with an 0-2 mark having lost to Louisville and Penn State in University Park last weekend. Sophomore Silvi Uattara leads the Orange with 2.33 kills per set, and freshman Erica Handley has totaled a team-best 29 assists for a 4.83 assists per set average.
Scouting the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers, a member of the newly formed American Athletic Conference and future member of the Big Ten, is currently 2-1 after posting wins against Robert Morris and Kent State and losing to Indiana at the Indiana Invitational. Freshman Micaela Anderson averaged 3.80 kills per set in her collegiate debut, while sophomore Ali Schroeter wrapped up the weekend with a 4.40 digs per set average.
Scouting the Golden Grizzlies
Oakland defeated Central Michigan in its season opener before dropping matches to Villanova and Oregon State during its opening weekend. Sophomore Amanda Baker paces the Golden Grizzlies, who hail from the Horizon League, in blocks with 14, while classmate Cassie Pelloni arrives in Syracuse as Oakland’s leader in kills per set (3.73).
Series history vs. the Buffs
This is the first meeting between Colorado and SB.
Series history vs. the Orange
Syracuse and Stony Brook last played in 2010, when the Orange got the best of the Seawolves in a 3-0 sweep. SU is 2-0 all-time against SB.
Series history vs. the Scarlet Knights
Rutgers holds a 2-0 advantage over the Seawolves in the all-time series after beating SB, 3-1, in 2004.
Series history vs. the Golden Grizzlies
Stony Brook and Oakland have never played.
Stony Brook travels to Queens for a midweek matchup against St. John’s Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.