Sept. 25, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) and freshman Melissa Rigo (East Northport, N.Y.) each posted 16 kills, and the Stony Brook volleyball team out-hit LIU-Brooklyn, but the Seawolves could not capitalize on their strong hitting performance, losing to the Blackbirds 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17) in their home opener at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Coach Deb DesLauriers' Reaction
"I thought we played well today. We out-hit them, but made some mistakes that cost us. Mistakes that happen when you start four freshmen. The first set was back and forth and losing it was a game changer. But we'll move on from this and set our sights on conference play."
The Numbers Game
- Slaughter hit 50 percent for the match and added two blocks. It was the second time this season she hit 40 percent or higher. Her 16 kills were a season high.
- Rigo continued her season-long streak of double-digit kills, which is now at 13 matches.
- Junior Hailee Herc (Eden, N.Y.) posted a game-high 21 digs, the second time this season she has surpassed 20.
- Freshman Nicole Vogel (Costa Mesa, Calif.) recorded 43 assists, the third time this year she has had 40 or more helpers.
- Sophomore Nicole Parkas (Dix Hills, N.Y.) posted three service aces, all coming in the second set.
- The first set proved to be a critical point. The Seawolves were up 11-5 when the Blackbirds rattled off nine of the next 12 points. Stony Brook recovered to set up game-point at 24-23, but a service error let LIU back into the game. LIU had game-point at 25-24, but Rigo saved it with a kill before the Blackbirds took the next two points on kills by Annika Foit.
- Stony Brook hit 34.5 percent in the second set.
- Stony Brook out-hit LIU in the third set, but had five service errors that ultimately decided the game.
- The fourth set was tied 6-6 when the Blackbirds went on an 11-3 run.
The Seawolves begin all-important conference play this weekend, hosting Hartford Friday and Albany Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium.