#Seawolves wrap up homestand against Sacred Heart Tuesday
Nov. 4, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – After a gritty five-set win over Binghamton Sunday, the Stony Brook volleyball team will conclude a four-match home swing against Sacred Heart Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Last Time Out
Kaitlin Costello recorded 22 kills and 12 digs and hit .432 to lead Stony Brook to a come-from-behind win over Binghamton, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. Melissa Rigo notched a double-double on 16 kills and 10 digs, while Kathy Fletcher turned in 14 kills and 14 digs. Stephanie McFadden led the match with seven block assists to move into sixth all-time on Stony Brook’s single-season block assist ledger.
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart, who the Seawolves topped in the first match of the season, most recently beat Farleigh Dickinson, 3-1. Senior Dianis Mercado leads the NEC squad with 3.66 kills per set, while freshman Kiki Robinson is averaging 10.59 assists per set.
Series History vs. the Pioneers
This is the second meeting between the two teams this year. Stony Brook won the season opener, 3-1, to hand Coley Pawlikowski her first Div. I head coaching victory Aug. 30 at the Crusader Classic hosted by Holy Cross. The Seawolves are 9-0 all-time against the Pioneers.
Stony Brook has its best record through 10 America East matches since going 9-1 in 2007. The Seawolves also won their first match against a power conference opponent (Syracuse) since downing Baylor in 2007 and defeated Princeton for the first time in program history.
Aces are Wild
Stony Brook has been one of the nation’s leaders in aces per set all season. The Seawolves currently sit atop the conference rankings with 1.68 aces per set, and Hannah Dolan leads the league individually at .43 aces per set.
Kaitlin’s Killin’ It
Senior outside hitter Kaitlin Costello matched a career-high with 22 kills against Binghamton Sunday. She leads the team with 14 double-doubles on the season and is tops in the league in kills per set (3.29).
Stephanie McFadden etched her name into the Stony Brook record books Saturday. Needing only two block assists to crack the top-10 on the Seawolves’ single-season block assist ledger, McFadden registered seven combo-stuffs to vault into sixth all-time with 89 block assists. The sophomore passed Maria Samilo (84, 2004), Ashley Headen (85, 2008), Evann Slaughter (87, 2011), Debbie Keller (88, 2003) and Maria Samilo (88, 1988). McFadden currently ranks in the 13th in the conference in hitting with a team-best .218. She is second in service aces (.43/set) and fourth in blocks (.92/set).
Melissa Rigo is having another fantastic campaign for the Seawolves. The reigning America East Rookie of the Year has 13 double-doubles this season and is sixth in the America East in kills (2.78/set) and 12th in digs (2.85/set).
Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway sits fifth in the conference in digs per set at 4.23 and looks poised to once again finish in Stony Brook’s all-time single-season top-10 for digs per set. As a freshman, the 2011 All-Rookie selection recorded 4.25 digs per set, which is tied for sixth-best all-time with Stasia Nikas (1989).
SB hits the road for the stretch run of the regular season this weekend. The Seawolves will play UMass-Lowell Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. before tangling with first-place New Hampshire Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.