#Seawolves visit Fordham for midweek matchup Tuesday
Sept. 30, 2013
Bronx, N.Y. -The Stony Brook volleyball team will play its final of 17 consecutive road matches to start the season when it takes on Fordham Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (5-11, 0-1 America East) won the first set but slipped, 3-1, in its conference opener at UMBC (10-6, 1-0 America East) Friday, Sept. 27. Kaitlin Costello notched a double-double on 11 kills and 13 digs, while Stephanie McFadden tied a match-high of six blocks.
Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway paced the Seawolves defensively with 16 digs, while junior Hannah Dolan dished out a team-best 29 assists and sophomore Melissa Rigo finished with nine kills, 12 digs, two blocks and two aces in a balanced effort.
Scouting the Rams
Fordham (8-9) hails from the A-10 conference and most recently took down George Mason, 3-1, Saturday, Sept. 28 at home. Lisa Hipp registered a double-double on 25 kills and 13 digs, while Sara Konkel recorded 55 assists and 13 digs.
Series history vs. the Rams
Stony Brook has traditionally dominated Fordham and holds a 17-5 record in the all-time series. The two squads last met in 2012, when the Seawolves claimed a five-set victory.
Aces are Wild
Stony Brook sits ninth the country and first in the America East in aces per set (1.83). Hannah Dolan and Stephanie McFadden rank in the top-40 nationally in the category at .47 and .44 aces per stanza, respectively.
The Seawolves are in the midst of a season-opening stretch of 17 straight matches away from Pritchard to start the season. They are 3-3 against home teams with wins over Holy Cross, Syracuse and Bryant and return to Long Island Friday, Oct. 4 to take on New Hampshire during Stony Brook's Homecoming Weekend. As part of the festivities, the team will recognize alumnae during sets two and three and host a reception following the match. Read more
Hathaway, who hails from Warsaw, N.Y., ranks third in the America East in digs per set (4.13) and ninth in service aces per frame (.27).
Rigo is showing no signs of a sophomore slump as she has hit double-figures in kills and digs in six of the last seven matches. The reigning America East Rookie of the Year has registered a double-double in five of the last seven contests, including all three at the Bryant Invitational (Sept. 20-21), on her way to being named AE Player of the Week Monday, Sept. 23. She leads the Seawolves with seven double-doubles this season.
Kaitlin's Killin' It
Costello is at the top of the conference in kills per set (3.14) and has paced Stony Brook in kills in five consecutive contests. The senior notched her fifth double-double of the year when she tallied 11 kills and 13 digs at UMBC Friday, Sept. 27.
Meet the New Boss
A rising star in the collegiate volleyball coaching ranks, Pawlikowski was hired in January after spending a year as the top assistant at the University of Wisconsin and is a three-time recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award.
A tenacious recruiter, Pawlikowski assisted in the continued recruitment and commitment of the No. 1 recruit in the nation as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com for the Badgers' 2013 season. She was also responsible for seeking out and signing a 2013 Under Armour High School All-American, one of three high school All-Americans UW added for 2013. Pawlikowski served as the defensive position coach at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers lead the Big Ten in digs per set as a team and boast the individual digs champion.
Pawlikowski previously worked as the top assistant coach for her alma mater, Northern Illinois, from 2009-12, where she helped guide the Huskies to a 2011 Mid-American Conference regular season title and an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
SB returns home this weekend for a pair of America East matchups, starting with its 2013 Pritchard debut against New Hampshire Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Seawolves will host America East's newest member, UMass-Lowell, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.