Hartford trips up Stony Brook, 3-0

Costello scooped up a team-best 13 digs
 
Costello scooped up a team-best 13 digs
 
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Nov. 15, 2013

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West Hartford, Conn. – Despite team-highs of nine kills and 13 digs from Kaitlin Costello, the Stony Brook volleyball team suffered a tough 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) setback to Hartford Friday night at the Sports Center. 

Sophomore Melissa Rigo tallied nine digs, while classmate Stephanie McFadden finished with a match-leading four blocks for Stony Brook (15-16, 8-5 America East).

Head Coach Coley Pawlikowski’s Reaction

“Hartford played well. With the energy and effort they brought tonight, they deserved to win.”

Playoff Picture

The loss, coupled with a UMBC win at Providence, means Stony Brook can be either the third or fourth seed in next weekend’s America East Championship. UMBC improved to 9-4 in league play with a victory over the Friars and holds the tiebreak over Stony Brook in sets played, 5-4. New Hampshire locked up the outright regular-season title and No. 1 seed with a five-set win over Albany. The Great Danes and Seawolves are currently tied for third at 8-5. Albany swept the season series and would hold the tiebreak in the event that both teams win or lose Sunday when UA hosts Lowell and SB plays at Providence.

Recap

McFadden scored an ace to even the first set at 21-all late, but Hartford tallied the next two points for a 23-21 lead. Shelby Tietjen recorded a kill that pulled the Seawolves to within one, 23-22; however, the Hawks closed out the set with two consecutive points.


 

 

Stony Brook went ahead, 17-13, in the second stanza when Tietjen slammed one home. A 9-2 Hawks run thereafter gave them a 22-19 edge and they continued on for a win that put the Seawolves in a 2-0 hole. Hartford pulled away midway through the third set for the sweep.

The Numbers Game

  • The Seawolves out-blocked the Hawks, 7-3.
  • Both teams tallied eight aces, with Kathy Fletcher pacing Stony Brook and tying a match-high with three aces.
  • Lo Hathaway and Nicole Vogel recorded seven digs apiece, and Vogel led SB with 15 assists.

News and Notes

  • Costello’s nine kills tied a match-high. Maya Louis and Dionna Kirton recorded nine kills for Hartford (11-18, 5-8 America East).
  • Entering the matchup, Stony Brook had not lost to Hartford since 2010. The Seawolves still hold a 23-6 advantage in the all-time series.
  • This is Stony Brook’s first two-match skid in conference play all season.

Up Next

The Seawolves will conclude the regular season portion of its conference schedule Sunday at Providence. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m.