Surging #Seawolves trump Hartford, 3-1
Oct. 20, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. –On the strength of senior Kaitlin Costello’s third consecutive double-double, the Stony Brook volleyball team improved to 8-2 in its last 10 matches with a 3-1 (25-16, 26-24, 24-26, 25-21) win over Hartford Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Costello recorded 10 kills, 14 digs and three stuffs, while Stephanie McFadden posted 11 kills and four blocks as Stony Brook moved to 11-12 overall and 5-2 in league action.
Junior Taylor Gillie posted a match-best five blocks and pitched in seven kills on an impressive .357 hitting. Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway led the contest with 22 digs, and Hannah Dolan finished with a match-best 41 assists to go along with eight digs and four blocks.
Hartford dropped to 8-15 overall and 2-5 in the America East.
Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction
“I think in the first set, we did a really good job of playing disciplined, simple volleyball. We played easy on our side of the court and executed our game plan. It was a really clean set. In two and three, we slipped away from that a little bit. We just needed a quick reminder to get back to that. When we did, we did a very good job of just handling the match.”
Stony Brook used an 11-1 run to break the first frame open and grab a commanding 21-10 lead. The Seawolves recorded six blocks during the spurt, with Gillie playing a role in four of them, and later locked up a 25-16 win on a kill by Kathy Fletcher.
SB led by as many as five in the second stanza, but Hartford knotted it at 23-all late. Costello broke the tie with a kill, but a service error on the Seawolves evened the score at 24-24. Stephanie McFadden slammed one home to Stony Brook another set-point opportunity, and Fletcher once again secured the victory with a kill.
The Hawks prevailed in a close third stanza, 26-24, to force a fourth set. Stony Brook held a one-point edge, 21-20, late in the fourth when Hartford was whistled for a service error. McFadden registered an ace, and Melissa Rigo followed with a smack as the Seawolves went ahead by four, 24-20. The guests briefly staved off elimination with a kill, but Gillie followed with one of her own to clinch the match.
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News and Notes
The Seawolves play Seton Hall on the road before returning to Pritchard for a key conference matchup against UMBC Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.