Volleyball closes home schedule vs. Hartford, UNH

Senior Masa Balandzic

Nov. 3, 2011

Article on Alicia Nelson from Apple Valley Patch

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook women's volleyball team wraps up its home schedule this weekend at Pritchard Gymnasium with key conference matches against Hartford and New Hampshire. SBU will face Hartford on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing off against UNH on Sunday at 1 p.m. Stony Brook will honor its four seniors - Alicia Nelson, Jen Cunningham, Kelsey Sullivan and Masa Balandzic- prior to Sunday's match.

Last time out
Stony Brook's women's volleyball team dropped its second consecutive match with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-13) loss to the Albany Great Danes on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Evann Slaughter led the Seawolves with seven kills while senior Alicia Nelson chipped in with six. Senior Masa Balandzic led Stony Brook with 10 digs.

Seawolves News & Notes
Nelson leads the America East in kills per set (4.31) and points per set (4.80) ... Nelson is also second in the conference with .37 aces per set ... with three America East matches remaining the Seawolves (12-11, 5-4 AE) are in third place in the conference standings ... the top four teams make the America East tournament which is held at the home of the top seed.

Scouting Hartford
Hartford (12-14, 3-5 AE) will be playing for the first time since sweeping Providence last Friday. The Hawks are in fourth place in the conference standings, a half game ahead of UMBC and Binghamton,

The Hawks are led by freshman setter Jackie Tamburri and junio outside hitter Kami Nethersole. Tamburri has twice been named Setter of the Week and is second in the America East with 10.19 assists per set. Nethersole leads the conference with 418 kills.



Stony Brook defeated Hartford in five sets earlier this season. Nelson had 21 kills in the match including six in the decisive fifth set while junior Greta Strenger added a career-best 17 kills. Nethersole led Hartford with 20 kills and Tamburri had 51 assists.

Scouting New Hampshire
The Wildcats (8-17, 6-2) are in second place in the conference standings and are coming off a 3-2 loss to Providence on Sunday. UNH will play UMBC on Friday before facing the Seawolves on Sunday.

New Hampshire is led by Amy Keding, who is sixth in the America East at 3.64 points per set. Named America East Player of the Week on Monday, Keding had 20 kills and 23 digs against Providence.

UNH knocked off the Seawolves in a five-set thriller in the teams first meeting. Stony Brook trailed 14-9 in the fifth set but rallied with five straight points to tie the match before New Hampshire pulled out the 16-14 victory.

Nelson tied a career-high with 26 kills and added 13 digs.