#Seawolves head north for important conference matchups at UMass Lowell, UNH
Nov. 7, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – After taking care of business in non-conference action against Sacred Heart Tuesday night, the Stony Brook volleyball team will play UMass Lowell Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and New Hampshire Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
Stephanie McFadden became Stony Brook’s all time Division I leader for block assists in a single-season as the #Seawolves knocked off Sacred Heart in three (27-25, 25-19, 25-20) Tuesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. Kaitlin Costello notched her 15th double-double of the year on 10 kills and 11 digs, while Lo Hathaway posted a match- and team-high 14 digs to help Stony Brook improve to 14-14.
Scouting the River Hawks
UMass Lowell enters the weekend at 0-22 overall and 0-10 in America East play in its inaugural Division I season. Carolyn Eddy is eighth in the conference with 3.43 digs per set, while Anisa Smith is 11th in blocks per set at .75. Smith also leads the River Hawks with 1.93 kills per set.
Scouting the Wildcats
First-place New Hampshire (14-12, 8-2 America East) is hitting at a league-best .201 clip. Morgan Thatcher and Tori Forrest are second and third in the conference, respectively, with 2.99 and 2.91 kills per set. The duo trails Stony Brook’s Kaitlin Costello, who leads the league handedly at 3.29 smacks per stanza.
Series History vs. the River Hawks
The Seawolves moved to 7-1 all-time against the River Hawks with a sweep Oct. 6.
Series History vs. the Wildcats
SB pulled out a gritty five-set win over UNH in its home opener Oct. 4. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 17-12.
Stephanie McFadden etched her name into the record books Tuesday when she tallied seven block assists to move into fourth-all time and first in Stony Brook’s Division I history in single-season block assists with 96. McFadden is fourth in the league with .91 stuffs per set and 13th in hitting percentage at .218. The sophomore is also second in the conference and in the nation’s top 30 in aces per set at .43.
Kaitlin’s Killin’ It
Senior outside hitter Kaitlin Costello leads the Seawolves with 15 double-doubles on the year and is at the top of the conference in kills at 3.29 per set. She is 12th in America East in aces per set at .26 and 20th in digs per set at 2.37.
Melissa Rigo is having a stellar sophomore season for Stony Brook. The 2012 America East Rookie of the Year is second on the squad with 13 double-doubles and is in the AE’s top 20 in kills (2.78), digs (2.85) and hitting percentage (.184).
Stony Brook concludes the conference portion of its regular season at Hartford Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Providence Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.