#Seawolves' comeback bid falls short at New Hampshire, 3-0

Gillie finished with seven kills and four blocks at UNH
 
Gillie finished with seven kills and four blocks at UNH
 
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Nov. 10, 2013

Final Stats

Durham, N.H. -The Stony Brook volleyball team came alive in the third set and fought first-place New Hampshire to the finish but suffered a 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 32-30) setback Sunday afternoon in America East volleyball action. Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway scooped up a team-best 17 digs and recorded one ace.

Taylor Gillie led Stony Brook (15-15, 8-4 America East) with seven kills, while Kaitlin Costello, Melissa Rigo and Kathy Fletcher added six apiece. Rigo finished with 11 digs.

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski's Reaction

"We did not play to win or play aggressive volleyball today. We tested the water way too long to let a good team feel comfortable about playing again against us and beating us. We have to keep striving to make changes and learn in order to take that next step."

Recap

UNH appeared to be in control late in the first set when it took a 23-18 lead on a kill, but the Seawolves pulled to within three after a smack and solo stuff by Gillie. However, the Wildcats scored the next two points to secure the win.

The second stanza remained close at the start. With New Hampshire leading by two, 10-8, Fletcher scored a kill to make it a one-point contest, 10-9. The Wildcats turned then on the jets, using a 9-4 run in the moments that followed to take the second frame.

The Seawolves came back with a vengeance after the intermission as Fletcher propelled them to a 10-6 advantage in the third with back-to-back kills. After a UNH point, Gillie recorded a kill and the home team was whistled for an error to put Stony Brook in front by five, 12-7. The Wildcats then got hot and evened the score at 15-all to begin what would be a nail-biting, hard-fought affair for the remainder of the set.


 

 

Fletcher and Stephanie McFadden posted back-to-back stuffs to put Stony Brook in a position to win the stanza, up 26-25, but UNH answered with a kill and the Seawolves committed an attack error. Rigo scored two of the next three on a pair of smacks, and Gillie and Hannah Dolan teamed up for a block to give SB a 29-28 edge. UNH closed the set on a 4-1 run, clinching the match over the scrappy Seawolves with a block. 

The Numbers Game

  • Stony Brook led, 10-7, in blocks. McFadden and Fletcher tied for a match-high with five each and Gillie added four.
  • Nicole Vogel recorded a Seawolves-best 15 assists, while Dolan dished out 11.
  • Fletcher and Vogel finished with seven digs apiece.

News and Notes

  • Hathaway vaulted to sixth all-time in Stony Brook single-season history with 490 digs on the season. 
  • Stony Brook fell to 17-13 all-time against the Wildcats as its three-match winning streak came to an end.
  • New Hampshire clinched at least a share of the regular season conference title with the win and improved to 16-12 overall and 10-2 in America East play.

Up Next

Stony Brook is on the road for the final weekend of regular-season conference play. The Seawolves play Hartford Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Providence Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.