Volleyball heads north to face UNH, Providence
Oct. 4, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Volleyball
Match #16 • Stony Brook (6-9) at New Hampshire (11-8)
Oct. 7, 2012 • Mullaney Gymnasium in Alumni Hall • 1 p.m.
Stony Brook begins an entire month of road matches this weekend with a trip to New England to face New Hampshire and Providence. Friday night, the Seawolves and Wildcats will battle in their first meeting since last year's America East Championship semifinals. On Sunday, the Seawolves face the Friars in what will be Providence's home opener. Last year, Stony Brook was a combined 3-2 against these teams.
Last Time Out: Melissa Rigo notched 20 kills once again, but the Seawolves had trouble getting past their own miscues as they dropped a 3-1 decision to Albany last Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium. Stony Brook committed 15 service errors and 28 attack errors, helping Albany score unearned points. The fourth set was troubling for both teams; Albany committed more errors than kills and Stony Brook had five of its 15 service errors. For Rigo, it was her 15th straight match with double-digit kills and the sixth time she's eclipsed the 20-kill mark. She added 10 digs to claim her seventh double-double of the year. Nicole Vogel recorded a game-high 46 assists. Stony Brook actually out-hit Albany on the day, 14.7% to 12.4%.
Scouting New Hampshire: The Wildcats have already won more games this year than last year despite opening the season 1-5. UNH is currently on a six-match winning streak, including victories over Princeton, Harvard and Dartmouth. The Wildcats are at the top of America East with a 3-0 record, having beaten Providence, UMBC and Binghamton. UNH is currently leading the league in hitting percentage, assists per set, kills per set and digs per set. Morgan Thatcher (3.54 kills per set) and Brenna Buckwalter (.257 hitting %) are the team's top attackers.
Scouting Providence: The Friars will make their home debut Sunday after playing their first 21 games away from home. The season has been a struggle for the team, which has won just 12 out of 73 sets played. In conference play, the Friars have been defeated by UNH, Binghamton and UMBC. Anna Russian has led the Friars in attacking with 2.41 kills per set and a .246 hitting percentage that ranks her third in the conference. The rest of the team has struggled with attacking; the Friars overall hit at a 10.7% clip. The Friars are tied for second in America East in service aces, averaging 1.41 per set. Russian again leads the way with 24 on her own.