#Seawolves clash with SUNY rivals Albany, Binghamton at Pritchard
Oct. 31, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Riding a three-match wining streak in conference play, the Stony Brook volleyball team will rumble with two teams that have combined for the last nine America East tournament titles in SUNY rivals Albany Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Binghamton Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.
Students are invited to enjoy FREE pizza in between the second and third sets and can earn points for their undergraduate college in the Battle of the UGC’s by swiping their ID card upon entering Pritchard.
Last Time Out
Melissa Rigo, Kathy Fletcher, Hannah Dolan and Kaitlin Costello each notched a double-double, while captain Lo Hathaway tied a career-high with 28 digs as Stony Brook downed UMBC, 3-2, to remain in first-place in the America East Friday, Oct. 25 at Pritchard Gymnasium. Rigo posted a personal-best 27 digs and 16 kills and scored the final four points of the decisive fifth set, while Costello tallied a career-high 19 digs to go along with 19 kills. Dolan matched a career-best 47 assists and turned in 10 digs, and Fletcher had 12 kills and 14 digs to round out a balanced effort on both offense and defense.
Scouting the Great Danes
Albany most recently fell to 5-3 in America East action and 5-16 overall after being swept at Binghamton last weekend. Samantha Brostrom and Amanda Dolan lead the offense with 2.25 and 2.03 kills per set, respectively.
Scouting the Bearcats
Picked to finish second in the America East preseason poll, topped Albany, 3-0, last weekend to move to 6-16 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Grace Vickers sits in the conference’s top five in hitting percentage (.298) and kills per set (2.80).
Series History vs. the Great Danes
The Seawolves are 24-31 all-time against Albany after dropping a four-setter on the road Oct. 13.
Series History vs. the Bearcats
Stony Brook took down Binghamton, 3-2, in Vestal, N.Y., Oct. 11 to improve to 27-23 all-time against the reigning champion.
Protect this House
After playing their first 17 matches away from Pritchard Gymnasium, the Seawolves have thrived in front of raucous crowds at home. Stony Brook is a perfect 5-0 at Pritchard and has enjoyed a pair of visits from the band.
Aces are Wild
SB has been one of the top teams nationally in aces per set all season. The Seawolves are currently 17th out of 332 teams in the country and first in the America East with 1.67 aces per set. Hannah Dolan is 20th nationally and first in the conference with .44 aces per set.
Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway is currently fourth in the league at 4.24 digs per set after matching a career-high with 28 digs to lift Stony Brook to a win over UMBC in a battle of first-place AE teams last Friday. If the season ended today, Hathaway would rank eighth all-time in digs per set on Stony Brook’s single-season ledger, just behind the 4.25 digs per set average she posted in 2011.
Melissa Rigo has shown no sign of a sophomore slump this season. The 2012 America East Rookie of the Year ranks in the conference’s top-20 in kills (2.73), digs (2.88) and hitting percentage (.176). Her scrappy defensive efforts helped the Seawolves record a conference-best 106 digs in a win over UMBC last weekend and earned her Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. She is second on the team with 11 double-doubles in 2013.
Kaitlin’s Killin It
Kaitlin Costello leads the league in kills per set at 3.20, .32 points higher than Morgan Thatcher of UNH, who sits second at 2.88. She paces Stony Brook in double-doubles with 12 this season and is 11th in the conference in service aces (.26).
Melissa Rigo picked up her second America East Player of the Week nod of the season after posting a career-high 27 digs to go along with 16 kills in Stony Brook’s win over UMBC Oct. 25.
Stony Brook 2013 America East Volleyball Weekly Honors
Stony Brook concludes its four-match homestand when it hosts Sacred Heart Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.