Sept. 28, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Melissa Rigo (East Northport, N.Y.) had a game-high 20 kills, and the Stony Brook volleyball team hit 23.4 percent as a team in a 3-1 win (25-21, 25-23, 12-25, 25-13) over Hartford in the team's America East opener Friday at Pritchard Gymnasium.
The Numbers Game
- Rigo has now recorded double-digit kills in 14 straight matches to begin the season.
- Rigo also now has 20+ kills in five matches this season.
- Four Seawolves hit at least 25% in the match, including Rigo (25.5%), freshman Stephanie McFadden (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) (25%), freshman Shelby Tietjen (Smithtown, N.Y.) (44.4%) and senior Greta Strenger (Woodbury, Minn.) (37.5%).
- Junior Hailee Herc (Eden, N.Y.) posted a game-high 18 digs and served three aces.
- Freshman Nicole Vogel (Costa Mesa, Calif.) recorded a game-high 37 assists.
- In addition to eight kills, junior Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md.) had three blocks, including two solo.
- The two teams combined for 20 service errors.
- The first set was even 10-10 when the Seawolves rattled off four straight points. Hartford got within two at 17-15, but the Seawolves extended their lead to five, 24-19, before finishing off the set with a Rigo kill.
- The second set was also close early on, and it was tied at 14-14 when Stony Brook went on a 7-0 run that included two kills from Rigo and a service ace by junior Kaitlin Costello (Webster, N.Y.). The Seawolves went up 21-14 before Hartford went on a 9-3 run of its own to make it 24-23. SB finished off the Hawks on a kill from Tietjen.
- Hartford cruised to a 25-12 third set win on the strength of an 8-1 run to start the set.
- Stony Brook dominated the fourth set, starting out with six of the first seven points. Then, leading 11-5, the Seawolves broke off seven straight points, including three kills from Strenger, that put the game out of reach.
Stony Brook will seek a 2-0 start to conference play when it hosts Albany Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium at 1 p.m.