Band, Costello help #Seawolves rock Providence, 3-1
Oct. 18, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. -The Stony Brook volleyball team was balanced offensively and defensively, placing three Seawolves in double-figures in kills and digs, in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 30-28) win over Providence in front of a raucous crowd and the best band around Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Senior Kaitlin Costello turned in arguably the finest performance of her career, tallying a personal-best, match-high 22 kills on a blazing .409 hitting percentage to go along with 13 digs for Stony Brook (10-12, 4-2 America East).
Sophomore Melissa Rigo also posted a double-double with 18 kills and 15 digs, while sophomore captain Lo Hathaway recorded a match-leading 22 digs. Kathy Fletcher finished with 11 kills on .308 hitting and chipped in seven digs.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction
”In the first set, we just came out tight and went away from what we were trying to do, which is to play aggressive volleyball. I think when we calmed down, stuck to our game plan and played as a team; we started to work ourselves out of it. It was really important to see us work ourselves out of it.”
Providence (11-12, 3-3 America East) edged out Stony Brook in the first set despite nine kills from Costello. The Seawolves hit an impressive .382 in the opening stanza, but the Friars posted a .452 hitting percentage.
Trailing, 17-11, in the second stanza, the Seawolves used with a 5-1 run that included two kills by Rigo and one by Taylor Gillie to pull to within two, 18-16, and force Providence to ask for time. The Friars scored a kill out of the huddle to extend their cushion to three, 19-16, but a Rigo kill and a pair of Providence errors evened the frame at 19-all. Providence tallied three of the next four points and went ahead, 22-20. Pawlikowski called timeout, and the Seawolves rattled off five consecutive points, securing a come-from-behind victory on a kill by Rigo.
Neither team would give an inch in the third frame. With the score knotted at 23-all, Gillie and Costello hammered home back-to-back smacks to lift Stony Brook to a win and 2-1 advantage in sets.
SB was in control for much of the fourth frame, grabbing a 20-12 lead late, but Providence climbed back and tied it at 23-23 to set off a thrilling finish. The two sides matched each other point-for-point, spoiling each other's set-point opportunities a combined five times before Rigo secured the frame, 30-28, and match on an emphatic kill.
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News and Notes
Stony Brook hosts Hartford Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.