Volleyball squares off with St. John's Tuesday

Taylor Gillie leads Stony Brook with 23 total blocks this season
 
Taylor Gillie leads Stony Brook with 23 total blocks this season
 
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Sep 9, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook volleyball team will look to get back in the win column in a midweek matchup at St. John's Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The Seawolves defeated Syracuse for its first win over a power-conference opponent since 2007 during last weekend's Syracuse Candlewood Suites Invitational.

Last Time Out

Stony Brook (3-4) posted solid efforts against strong competition, including two BCS-level teams, last weekend at the Syracuse Candlewood Suites Invitational. The Seawolves began the tournament by dropping three close sets to Colorado, a Pac-12 program, despite a match-leading 25 assists by Hannah Dolan.

The team quickly regrouped for the afternoon session, taking a five-set thriller from the ACC's Syracuse behind a stellar 43 assists from Dolan and 27 digs from sophomore captain Lo Hathaway. Kaitlin Costello hammered a match-best 19 kills.

SB dropped the final two matches of the invitational to Rutgers and Oakland, but Dolan and Hathaway continued to impress as they directed the offensive and defensive efforts. Dolan recorded 37 total assists and was also pivotal on the serve with a match-high six aces, twice that of the entire Rutgers team, while Hathaway totaled 34 digs. 

Scouting the Red Storm

St. John's enters the matchup at 4-3 after going 1-3 at the Holly Young Invitational hosted by New Hampshire. The Red Storm fell to the Wildcats, 3-0, and Missouri State, 3-1, before sweeping Brown in the final match of the weekend. Karin Palgutova leads the Red Storm in kills per set with 4.21, while Shawna-Lei Santos is averaging 4.33 digs per set.

Powering Through

The win over Syracuse marked Stony Brook's first win over a power-conference team since it defeated Baylor, 3-2, in 2007. It was also the first time the Seawolves defeated the Orange after two previous tries. 

Get Lo

Hathaway flirted with a 30-dig effort in the upset of Syracuse, racking up a career-high 27 against the Orange and finishing the four-match weekend with 69 on her way to all-tournament honors for the second consecutive weekend. She currently ranks fourth in America East in digs per set with at 4.15. 

Dolan Out

Dolan has dazzled as the Seawolves' primary setter, leading the squad and sitting fourth in the conference in assists per set with 8.31. Equally fantastic on the serve, the junior paces all of America East in aces per set with .65, helping SB hold a league-leading 2.19 aces per set average. Dolan has twice recorded six aces in a match (Sacred Heart, 8/30, Rutgers, 9/7).

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.

Up Next

Stony Brook continues its season-opening road swing in Kennesaw, Ga., at the Kennesaw Owl Classic. The Seawolves begin competition against Samford Friday, Sept. 13 at 2:30 p.m. and play Kennesaw State at 7:30 p.m. The following day, SB takes on Tennessee Tech (10 a.m.) and Coastal Carolina (5 p.m.).