#Seawolves on the road again for Bryant Invitational
Sept. 19, 2013
Smithfield, R.I. -The Stony Brook volleyball team will play its 13th consecutive match away from Pritchard Gymnasium to open the season when it takes on St. John's in its first contest at the Bryant Invitational Friday at 6 p.m. The Seawolves will play Bryant and Princeton Saturday at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. All three matches will stream live for free on the NEC digital network.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (3-9) showed promise and received some fantastic individual performances despite dropping four matches to Samford, Kennesaw State, Tennessee Tech and Coastal Carolina at the Kennesaw State Owl Classic last week. Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway posted a career-high 28 digs, one more than she recorded in the upset over Syracuse Sept. 6, against Kennesaw State, while Hannah Dolan dished led the contest 37 assists. In the same match, Melissa Rigo and Kaitlin Costello notched double-doubles, Rigo on 20 kills and 13 digs and Costello on 16 kills and 10 digs.
Both Seawolves again registered double-doubles in the next match against Tennessee Tech when Costello tallied 10 kills and 13 digs and Rigo recorded 11 kills and 10 digs. In the final contest of the weekend, a loss to Coastal Carolina, Taylor Gillie finished with 10 kills and five blocks and hit a fantastic .500.
Aces are wild
Stony Brook has been stellar on the serve this season. The Seawolves currently sit ninth nationally and first in the conference with 1.93 aces per set, while Dolan is second in the league with .45 aces per set.
The win over Syracuse marked Stony Brook's first victory 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.
The Seawolves are in the midst of a season-opening stretch of 17 straight matches away from Pritchard to start the season, with 14 of those contests coming as part of weekend invitationals. Stony Brook has fared well against host schools in tournaments, going 2-1 with wins against Holy Cross and Syracuse.
Hathaway has twice flirted with a 30-dig performance (28 at Kennesaw State, 9/13, 27 at Syracuse, 9/6). The Warsaw, N.Y., product currently leads the Seawolves and is second in the America East in digs per set (4.07).
Dolan has dazzled in her first 12 matches at Stony Brook's primary setter, leading the Seawolves in assists in every match this season including a 43-assist performance in Stony Brook's win at Syracuse. She sits fifth in the conference with 8.14 assists per set.
Rigo is showing no signs of a sophomore slump as she has already notched three double-doubles this season (13 kills and 11 digs at Syracuse, 9/6, 20 kills and 13 digs at Kennesaw State, 9/13 and 11 kills and 10 digs vs. Tennessee Tech, 9/14). She holds the league's second-highest single-match kill total (20 vs. Kennesaw State, 9/13, which currently ranks first in the conference for a four-set match).
Kaitlin's Killin' It
Costello, a senior, has also posted three double-doubles on the young season (14 kills and 11 digs vs. Rutgers, 9/7, 16 kills and 10 digs at Kennesaw State, 9/13, 10 kills and 13 digs vs. Tennessee Tech, 9/14). She is second in the league in kills per set (2.98).
Scouting the Red Storm
Winners of five of its last six matches, St. John's enters the weekend with an 8-4 overall mark after most recently sweeping Fordham at home Tuesday night. Sophomore outside hitter Karin Palgutova paces the Red Storm with 175 kills and 4.38 kills per set.
Scouting the Bulldogs
The host and a member of the NEC, Bryant has started the season 0-11. The Bulldogs have met a pair of America East teams in New Hampshire and Hartford and were swept both times. Elena Lohr serves as the squad's starting libero and leads Byant defensively with 3.19 digs per set.
Scouting the Tigers
Princeton comes to Rhode Island with a 3-4 overall after falling to Seton Hall, 3-0, in its home opener Tuesday night. Lauren Miller and Ginny Willis have split setting duties this season, notching 6.00 and 5.00 assists per set averages, respectively.
Series history vs. the Red Storm
The Seawolves have already met St. John's this season, and the Red Storm won, 3-0, despite a balanced effort from Rigo on seven kills and seven digs. St. John's currently holds a 12-1 lead in the all-time series.
Series history vs. the Bulldogs
Stony Brook is 6-1 in meetings with Bryant, most recently winning a five-setter in 2008.
Series history vs. the Tigers
SB last met Princeton in 2008, when the Tigers won in four to move to 4-0 against the Seawolves.
Stony Brook begins conference play at UMBC Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.