Slaughter and Rigo take home America East honors

Evann Slaughter

Nov. 5, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - After sweeping Providence and New Hampshire last weekend to build up a four-match winning streak, the Stony Brook volleyball team earned two weekly America East honors, the conference office announced Monday. Junior Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) was named America East Player of the Week, and freshman Melissa Rigo (East Northport, N.Y.) was named America East Rookie of the week.

Slaughter hit .447 in two matches this weekend, tops among all the league players, while averaging four kills per set and totaling 28 kills overall. She also added eight blocks on the weekend. Her best effort of the two matches was a 16-kill, four block performance vs. New Hampshire Sunday, when she hit .462. She now has six matches of at least 10 kills and a .400 hitting percentage this season, and ranks fourth in America East in hitting at .247.

Rigo has now been named Rookie of the Week six times this season as she continues her historic freshman campaign. She posted 17 kills in just three sets Friday vs. Providence in what amounts to a 5.67 kills per set average. Overall, she had 31 kills on the weekend while hitting .316 and averaging 4.43 kills per set. She posted double-doubles in both matches to give her 12 for the season. She leads America East in kills per set by a wide margin at 4.36.

Slaughter, Rigo and the Seawolves have won four straight matches and sit at 6-4 in America East with two regular season matches remaining. Stony Brook controls its own destiny for a spot in the America East Championship and will host UMBC and Binghamton this weekend in the hopes of clinching the playoff bid.