Volleyball seeking wins at Binghamton, UMBC this weekend
Oct. 11, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Volleyball
Match #18 Stony Brook (7-10) at Binghamton (6-15)
Match #19 Stony Brook (7-10) vs. UMBC (9-13)
Oct. 14, 2012 RAC Arena Baltimore, Md. 2 p.m.
Stony Brook has a critical road trip this weekend as it heads to Binghamton and UMBC for America East action. The Seawolves are half a game behind Binghamton for third place in the standings and half a game ahead of UMBC for fourth place. The Seawolves are coming off a split of road games at New Hampshire and Providence.
Last Time Out: Freshmen Melissa Rigo and Nicole Vogel each recorded double-doubles to lead Stony Brook to a 3-0 straight-set (25-11, 25-15, 25-22) victory over Providence last Sunday afternoon. Rigo finished with a game-high 15 kills and 11 digs while Vogel had 25 assists and 10 digs. Junior Evann Slaughter added 11 kills and two blocks and freshman Shelby Tietjen produced an outstanding 72.7 attack percentage after making eight kills on just 11 attempts. Stony Brook as a team hit 30.9%.
Scouting Binghamton: The Bearcats are 6-15 this season and have won four of their last seven matches after starting the year 2-12. Binghamton has been competitve in most of its matches but has fallen short in crunch time, posting a 1-7 record in five-set matches. Despite its record, Binghamton is tied with New Hampshire for the best hitting percentage in the league, recording kills at a 20.5% rate. Grace Vickers leads America East individually with a 26.3 hitting percentage. She averages 2.25 kills per set. Her teammate Iva Partaleva leads the team at 3.40 kills per set. One of BU's weaknesses has been service errors, tallying 182 so far this year. Binghamton and Stony Brook have had six common opponents this season and both teams are 3-3 in those matches.
Scouting UMBC: The Retrievers are 9-13 this season, but they recovered from a 2-7 start to go 7-4 over their last 11 matches, including a 2-3 mark in America East. The team has wins over Providence and Hartford and has lost to Binghamton, New Hampshire and Albany. UMBC is middle of the pack in most statistical categories, but the team does lead America East in blocks, averaging 2.05 per set. Leading the way has been Emily Witsaman, who averages 1.16 per set on her own. UMBC's primary attackers are Sherelle Walker (3.05 kills per set) and Hannah Schmidt (2.47 kills per set). UMBC and Stony Brook have played five common opponents and both teams are 3-2 in those matches.
Rigo Power: On Oct. 8, Melissa Rigo was named America East Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season. She currently leads the conference in kills per set at 4.38, the only player in the league to average over 4.0.
Up Next: Stony Brook will have a bye week next weekend and return to action with road games at Albany and Hartford the weekend of Oct. 26-28.