#Seawolves begin America East play at UMBC
Sept. 26, 2013
Baltimore, Md. –After taking two-of-three at last weekend’s Bryant Invitational, the Stony Brook volleyball is set to open the America East portion of its schedule at UMBC Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. The match will be streamed live for free on AmericaEast.TV.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (5-10) roared back after a hard-fought, five-set loss to St. John’s Friday, Sept. 20 with a pair of victories the following day against Bryant and Princeton at the Bryant Invitational.
Melissa Rigo posted a double-double in each match and hit a fantastic .542 in the win over the hosts, Bryant, while Lo Hathaway turned in a pair of 20-dig performances against St. John’s and Princeton.
Kaitlin Costello and Hannah Dolan each tallied one double-double, with Costello recording 16 kills and 11 digs against St. John’s and Dolan recording 35 assists and 11 digs in the sweep of Bryant. For an encore, Dolan directed the offense to a win over an athletic Tigers’ squad with a career-best 47 helpers.
Aces are Wild
Stony Brook has been stellar on the serve this season and currently sits ninth nationally and first in the league with 1.86 aces per set. Individually, Dolan ranks second in the conference and 26th among NCAA Div. I student-athletes with .48 aces per frame.
The Seawolves are in the midst of a season-opening stretch of 17 straight matches away from Pritchard to start the season. They are 3-1 against home teams with wins over Holy Cross, Syracuse and Bryant and return to Long Island Friday, Oct. 4 to take on New Hampshire during Stony Brook’s Homecoming Weekend. As part of the festivities, the team will recognize alumnae during sets two and three. Read more
Hathaway has twice flirted with a 30-dig effort (28 at Kennesaw State, 9/13, 27 at Syracuse, 9/6) and tallied 20 digs against St. John’s and Princeton. The Warsaw, N.Y., product and team captain currently leads the Seawolves and is third in the America East in digs per set (4.14).
Dolan has dazzled in her first 15 matches as Stony Brook’s primary setter, leading the team in assists in every match this season and dishing out a career-high 47 helpers in a win over Princeton. She sits sixth in the conference with 8.59 assists per stanza and notched her first double-double of the year with 35 helpers and 11 digs at Bryant.
Rigo is showing no signs of a sophomore slump as she has hit double-figures in kills in six consecutive matches. The reigning America East Rookie of the Year has registered a double-double in five of the last six contests, including all three at the Bryant Invitational on her way to AE Player of the Week honors.
Kaitlin’s Killin’ It
Costello leads the conference in kills per set (3.16). The senior paced Stony Brook in kills in every match at the Bryant Invitational and posted her fourth double-double of the season on 16 kills and 11 digs against St. John’s.
Seawolves Block Party
Taylor Gillie and Stephanie McFadden have held strong at the middle blocker position this season and currently rank third and fourth, respectively, in the league with .91 and .87 stuffs per stanza. Stony Brook is second in the conference with 1.86 blocks per set.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC enters the contest at 9-6 and leads the conference in hitting percentage (.205), assists (11.32), kills (12.04) and blocks (2.10) while holding opponents to a conference-low .147 attack percentage. Mallory McIntyre is atop the America East rankings in assists (9.68), and Emily Witsaman paces the league in blocks (1.07).
Series history vs. the Retrievers
The Seawolves lead the all-time series, 11-10.
Stony Brook closes its season-opening, 17-match road swing at Fordham Tuesday. Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.