#Seawolves look to stay hot at Binghamton, Albany this weekend
Oct. 10, 2013
Vestal, N.Y. – After going 3-0 last week with wins over Fordham, New Hampshire and UMass Lowell, the Stony Brook volleyball team will travel upstate for a pair of tough tests against the defending conference champion Binghamton Friday, Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. and preseason favorite Albany Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out
Kaitlin Costello and Melissa Rigo each tallied nine kills and nine digs and hit .500 and .304, respectively, as Stony Brook (8-11, 2-1 America East) swept UMass Lowell Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. Hannah Dolan dished 20 assists and helped the Seawolves record a season-high .403 hitting percentage.
And the winner is….
Dolan picked up the first America East Setter of the Week honor of her career after amassing 40 assists twice (Fordham, 42 and UNH, 45) and guiding SB to a season-best .403 team hitting percentage against UMass Lowell.
She is the second Seawolf to garner a weekly conference honor this season, as Rigo took home Player of the Week accolades Sept. 23.
Stony Brook 2013 America East Volleyball Weekly Honors
Melissa Rigo, Player of the Week (Sept. 23)
Hannah Dolan, Setter of the Week (Oct. 7)
Scouting the Bearcats
The defending America East champion Binghamton enters the matchup at 3-13 overall and 1-2 in conference play after suffering a 3-0 road loss to Hartford Sunday. Grace Vickers ranks in the conference’s top 10 in hitting percentage (.274), kills per set (.268) and blocks per set (.79). Senior libero Ximoara Ortiz sits second in the league with 4.44 digs per frame.
Scouting the Great Danes
Picked to finish first in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the reigning regular season champion Albany has recovered from an 0-12 start by going 2-1 in early America East action. The Great Danes took down Hartford in four Friday night before falling in three to Providence Sunday. Freshman setter Rebecca Rivera leads the team with 176 assists, while junior right side hitter Sofia Furlong is coming off a strong weekend that included seven kills and no attack errors.
Series History vs. the Bearcats
Stony Brook dropped a pair of five-setters to Binghamton last season but holds a 26-23 advantage in the all-time series.
Series history vs. the Great Danes
The Seawolves spoiled Albany’s perfect regular season last year with a 3-1 win over the Great Danes Oct. 26 at Pritchard. Albany leads the series, 30-24.
Aces are Wild
Stony Brook has rocketed to sixth in the country in aces per set with a 1.90 average. Stephanie McFadden and Dolan rank in the nation’s top 30 and are second and third, respectively, in the league with .50 and .45 aces per set.
Kaitlin’s Killin’ It
Costello paces the conference in kills per set (3.11) and is sixth in service aces (.32). She is second on the team with seven double-doubles on the season, with her most recent one coming on 14 kills and 10 digs in a win over America East foe UNH Friday, Oct. 4.
Rigo leads the team with eight double-doubles this season after recording a match-high 18 kills and 10 digs in a five-set victory against UNH last weekend at Pritchard. She is in the conference’s top 20 in hitting percentage (.180), kills per set (2.55) and digs per set (2.63).
Seawolves Block Party
Stony Brook ranks second in the America East with 1.90 blocks per set. Middle blockers McFadden and Taylor Gillie are third and sixth, respectively, in the league with .94 and .86 stuffs per frame.
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.
Stony Brook returns home to host Providence Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Hartford Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m.