Three #Seawolves named to all-conference teams

Nov. 21, 2013

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Durham, N.H. – Senior outside hitter Kaitlin Costello was named to the all-conference first team, while sophomore middle blocker Stephanie McFadden was placed on the second team and sophomore outside hitter Melissa Rigo garnered All-Academic honors, America East officials announced Thursday night at the league’s postseason banquet. 

In her final season at Stony Brook, Kaitlin Costello is leading the conference in kills at 3.19 per set and pacing the team with 15 double-doubles. Her .29 aces per set, which are ninth in the conference, have helped the Seawolves rank in the nation’s top 20 in aces per set all season. Costello, who has started every match, has twice reached a career-high in kills, tallying 22 kills against Providence and Binghamton. She also scooped up a personal-best 19 digs to lift Stony Brook to an important conference win against UMBC Oct. 25 at Pritchard.

McFadden, who hails from San Clemente, Calif., has played an integral role in helping the Seawolves rank second in the conference heading into this weekend’s tournament. She has played in 119 of Stony Brook’s 122 sets at arguably the most physical position on the court. On Nov. 5 against Sacred Heart, McFadden became the Seawolves’ Division I leader block assists in one season, passing Tesha Harry’s 2003 mark of 92. She currently sits fourth in program history with 109 combo stuffs.

An East Northport, N.Y., product, Rigo holds a 3.38 GPA in business. She is in the conference’s top 10 in kills (5th, 2.73), digs (13th, 2.80) and hitting percentage (20th, .183) and is second on the team with 13 double-doubles this season. Rigo picked up two America East Player of the Week honors (Sept. 23 and Oct. 28), collecting her second after posting a career-high 26 digs in a key conference matchup with UMBC Oct. 25. She was also named ECAC Player of the Week Sept. 24 for helping the Seawolves go 2-1 with wins over Bryant and Princeton at the Bryant Invitational.

No. 4 Stony Brook plays No. 1 New Hampshire Friday at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.H.