Volleyball begins playoff push this weekend
Nov. 1, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Volleyball
Match #22 • Providence (1-26, 0-9 AE) at Stony Brook (9-12, 4-4 AE)
Nov. 4, 2012 • Pritchard Gymnasium • Stony Brook, N.Y. • 1 p.m.
Stony Brook returns home after a month's worth of road games to begin its push for a berth in the America East Championship. The Seawolves went a respectable 3-3 on the road in October, including a spectacular weekend at the end of October that included the program's first win over Albany since 2007. At this stage, Stony Brook is half a game behind UMBC for the final spot in the America East Championship with four matches to play. The Seawolves control their own destiny. Win out, and they will advance to the playoffs. SB is facing Providence and New Hampshire - the Seawolves have never lost to Providence, and despite losing at UNH last month, the Seawolves beat the Wildcats when it counted last year in the AE Semifinals.
Last Time Out: Freshman Melissa Rigo pounded out a career-high 25 kills and hit .452 for the match to lead the Seawolves to a convincing 3-1 win at Hartford. The team hit .300 overall, thanks in large part to setter Nicole Vogel, who had a career-high 50 assists.
Seawolves Sweep: After a killer road weekend with wins at Albany and at Hartford, the Seawolves swept the weekly America East awards. Melissa Rigo was named America East Player and Rookie of the Week, and Nicole Vogel was named Setter of the Week.
Scouting Providence: The Friars have lost 22 consecutive matches, but nearly knocked off second-place Binghamton at home last weekend. The team won the first two sets before dropping the next two and then succumbing to the Bearcats in a narrow fifth set, 15-12. The team has won only 15 sets all season over the course of 27 matches. Anna Russian and Colleen McCollom lead Providence with 2.31 kills per set. Cassie Muzzonigro leads the defense with 4.27 digs per set, which ranks her fourth in America East.
Scouting New Hampshire: The Wildcats were 4-0 in America East after beating Stony Brook on Oct. 5, but UNH has lost three of its last five to fall into a second-place tie with Binghamton. Most recently, UNH recovered from losing a two-set lead to UMBC to win the decisive fifth set. UNH leads America East in assists per set (11.73) and kills per set (12.60) and is second in hitting percentage (.200) and digs per set (16.12). Morgan Thatcher has been solid for the Wildcats with 3.63 kills per set that ranks her third in the conference.
Rigo Power Nationally: Melissa Rigo ranks 19th in the nation in kills per set at 4.35, and she is 24th in the country in points per set with 4.90. She is second nationally among freshmen in the category.
Up Next: Stony Brook will wrap up the regular season next weekend with home matches Friday vs. UMBC and Sunday vs. Binghamton.