All-around effort nets Rigo Player of the Week honors

Rigo tallied a career-high 27 digs against UMBC Friday night

Oct. 28, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. -Sophomore outside hitter Melissa Rigo has been named America East Player of the Week for the second time this season after notching a double-double on a career-high 27 digs and 16 kills to lift the Stony Brook volleyball team over UMBC, 3-2, in a battle of first-place squads Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. The win kept the #Seawolves in a tie for first with New Hampshire, who they beat Oct. 4, at 6-2 in conference play.

Rigo was scrappy on defense the entire night, often diving on the court to save rallies. Her efforts helped the Seawolves hold UMBC, who entered the matchup leading the league in hitting percentage, to .090 hitting. Overall, Stony Brook tallied 106 digs, the most by an America East team in a single contest this season.

The East Northport, N.Y., native capped off her stellar performance by taking over the decisive fifth set, recording the final four points of the contest on three kills and a match-clinching solo stuff.

She is second on the team with 11 double-doubles this season, with five coming in league play, and has posted double-digits in either kills or digs in seven of SBU's eight America East matches.

Rigo and the Seawolves will look to stay perfect at home this weekend when they host preseason favorite Albany Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and reigning champion Binghamton Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. All students in attendance during #EmpireClash with Albany will receive free pizza in between the second and third sets and can earn points for their undergraduate college in the battle of UGC's by swiping their ID cards upon entering Pritchard.