#Seawolves welcome UNH, UMass-Lowell in home debut this weekend
Oct. 3, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Winners of three of its last four matches, the Stony Brook volleyball team will play its first home contests of the season when it hosts New Hampshire Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and UMass-Lowell Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
Kaitlin Costello posted her sixth double-double of the season on 16 kills and 11 digs, while Hannah Dolan dished 42 assists as Stony Brook clinched a 3-2 victory at Fordham Tuesday, Oct. 1. Taylor Gillie tallied 12 kills on .417 hitting and recorded a match-high seven blocks, while Stephanie McFadden had 10 kills, hit .500 and pitched in five blocks.
Homecoming of All Sorts
On Friday against New Hampshire, the Seawolves will welcome back numerous former volleyball players as part of their Fall Alumnae Night. Alumnae will be recognized in between sets two and three and are invited to attend a pizza party with the current student-athletes following the match.
Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire is 7-10 overall and 1-0 in America East action after sweeping UMass-Lowell Friday, Sept. 27. Cassidy Croci leads the league in hitting percentage with a .342 clip. Morgan Thatcher paces the squad in kills (160) and kills per set (2.86), while Madison Lightfoot has racked up a team-high 258 digs.
Series history vs. the Wildcats
Stony Brook and New Hampshire split last season, with the Seawolves taking the second meeting, 3-1, at Pritchard. UNH holds a 17-11 edge all-time.
Scouting the River Hawks
UMass-Lowell (0-13, 0-1 America East) is in search of its first win as a Division I program after most recently falling to New Hampshire, 3-0, in its conference opener. Olivia Parkins enters the weekend averaging a team-best 3.22 assists per set, while Carolyn Eddy has recorded 138 digs.
Series history vs. the River Hawks
This is the first meeting between the two teams since 1998, when Stony Brook claimed a 3-1 victory. The Seawolves lead the all-time series, 6-1.
Aces are Wild
Stony Brook is eighth nationally and first in the conference with an average of 1.83 aces per set. Hannah Dolan is second in the America East and in the nation’s top-40 with .47 aces per stanza.
Kaitlin’s Killin’ It
Costello is at the top of the conference in kills per set (3.14) and has paced Stony Brook in kills in six consecutive contests. The senior notched her second double-double in a row and sixth of the season against Fordham when she posted 16 kills and 11 digs.
Seawolves Block Party
Stony Brook is second in the conference with 1.92 blocks per set, while Gillie and McFadden rank third and fourth, respectively, with .92 and .91 blocks per set.
Meet the New Boss
A rising star in the collegiate volleyball coaching ranks, Coley 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.
The Seawolves head upstate to face the defending conference champion Binghamton Friday, Oct. 11 a 7 p.m. and preseason favorite Albany Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.