Volleyball opens conference play this weekend
Sept. 27, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Volleyball
Match #14 • Stony Brook (5-8) vs. Hartford (6-11)
Sept. 30, 2012 • Pritchard Gymnasium • 1 p.m.
Stony Brook hits the most important part of its schedule this weekend as it opens America East competition against Hartford and Albany. The Seawolves, who finished third in the league last season and were runner-ups in the tournament, are seeking their first regular season championship since 2007. Getting off to a good start in conference play will be critical toward achieving that goal. Last season, the Seawolves swept Hartford and were swept by Albany, who also beat SB in the America East Championship final.
Last Time Out: Melissa Rigo and Evann Slaughter connected on 15 kills apiece, and the Seawolves out-hit their opponent, LIU-Brooklyn, but the Seawolves missed out on a victory in a 3-1 loss to the Blackbirds. The first set proved to be crucial as the Seawolves held an 11-5 lead only to see it evaporate on a 9-3 LIU run. The Blackbirds ended up taking the set, 27-25. Stony Brook recovered to take set two, 25-20, but lost the third and fourth set. Slaughter hit 50% during the match, Hailee Herc posted a game-high 21 digs, and Nicole Vogel had 43 assists. Rigo has now posted double-digit kills in all 13 matches this season.
Scouting Hartford: The Hawks kicked off conference play last weekend and fell to Albany on the road, 3-1, to drop their record to 6-11 on the season. Hartford is hitting 17.8% as a team while allowing opponents to hit 20.9%. One of the team's strengths this season has been service aces, averaging 1.42 per set, which is second in the league. Jackie Tamburri has been the best at racking up aces with 26 this season. The team's top hitter is Sareeta Nethersole, who averages 3.82 kills per set while hitting a conference-leading 26.9%. Hartford and Stony Brook have had common opponents in NJIT, Fordham and Seton Hall. Hartford is 2-1, Stony Brook 1-2.
Scouting Albany: The Great Danes defeated Hartford to open America East play last weekend and is playing Siena Thursday night. Albany is 4-10 on the year, but the defending America East champ has played three nationally ranked opponents among its non-conference foes. Traci Vandergrift leads the team with a 17.8% hitting percentage, and Dunja Prgomet and Sara Pope share the lead of 2.45 kills per set. The team's best digger is Viktorila Strollo at 4.59 per set. Albany and Stony Brook have had common opponents in Army, Yale and LIU. Albany is 1-2, Stony Brook 0-3.