#Seawolves rumble with UMBC in Friday night showdown
Oct. 24, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The Stony Brook volleyball team returns to Pritchard, where it is 4-0 this season, to play UMBC in a battle of first-place teams in the America East Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
Lo Hathaway and Hannah Dolan paced Stony Brook (11-13, 5-2 America East) with 11 digs and 18 assists, respectively, but the Seawolves fell to Seton Hall, 3-0, Tuesday night in a non-conference road match. Kaitlin Costello tallied a team-high seven kills, while Melissa Rigo chimed in with six.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC (14-8, 5-2 America East) enters the matchup tied with Stony Brook, Albany and New Hampshire for first in the league. The Retrievers lead the conference in hitting (.205), opponent hitting (.152), assists (11.67), kills (12.49) and blocks (2.09). Senior Emily Witsaman is the league-leader in hitting percentage at .321, while classmate Mallory McIntyre has dished out an America East-best 10.12 assists per set.
Series history vs. the Retrievers
The series is even at 11 matches apiece. UMBC took a four-setter from Stony Brook in the conference opener Sept. 27 in Baltimore, Md.
Aces are Wild
The Seawolves have been one of the top teams in the country in terms of aces per set this season and came in at 10th nationally and first in the conference at 1.80 aces per set in the most recent statistical rankings. Hannah Dolan and Stephanie McFadden sit first and third, respectively, at .48 and .45 aces per frame.
Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway has been a rock on defense in her return to the starting lineup this season. She is fourth in the league with 4.19 digs per set, which would rank eighth in Stony Brook single-season history if the 2013 campaign ended today. As a freshman, she recorded 4.25 digs per set, which was good for sixth on Stony Brook’s all-time single-season ledger.
Junior Hannah Dolan has impressed as Stony Brook’s primary setter this season and currently ranks sixth in the league with 8.56 assists per frame. She has surpassed 40 assists eight times this year.
Kaitlin’s Killin’ It
Kaitlin Costello leads the conference with 3.19 kills per set. The senior outside hitter has recorded a team-high 11 double-doubles in 2013, including a career night against Providence when she tallied a personal-best 22 kills and 13 digs and hit a stellar .409. Also a threat when serving, Costello is eighth in the conference in service aces per set (.27).
The reigning America East Rookie of the Year and a 2012 first-team all-conference pick, Melissa Rigo is second on the Seawolves with 10 double-doubles this season and currently sits sixth in the America East in kills per set (2.73) and 12th in digs per set (2.79).
Stony Brook continues its four-match homestand next weekend against Albany Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Students can swipe their ID cards as they enter Pritchard for the match to earn points for their undergraduate college and can check out the Battle of the UGC’s website to see where their college ranks. There will also be FREE pizza for students in between sets two and three courtesy of Luigi’s Pizzeria & Restaurant of Setauket.