#Seawolves wrap regular-season conference play at Hartford, Providence
Nov. 14, 2013
West Hartford, Conn. -The Stony Brook volleyball team will conclude the conference portion of its regular season with seeding on the line at Hartford Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Providence Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook put up a fight in the third set but was swept at first-place New Hampshire Sunday, Nov. 10. Lo Hathaway scooped up a team-high 17 digs and recorded one aces, while Taylor Gillie led Stony Brook (15-15, 8-4 America East) with seven kills.
Stony Brook can be a two, three or four seed in the America East Championship. The Seawolves can clinch a share of the regular season title with two wins and two New Hampshire losses. The Wildcats hold a tiebreaker in sets played, 5-3, and would host as the No. 1 seed in this scenario.
Scouting the Hawks
Hartford (10-18, 4-8 America East) most recently dropped a four-setter at Binghamton and is closing out its season this weekend having been mathematically eliminated from tournament contention. The Hawks have held opponents to .197 hitting, the third lowest percentage in the league. Junior Jackie Tamburri has directed the Hartford offense this season and sits second in the conference with 9.80 helpers per set.
Scouting the Friars
Despite being second in the America East in service aces per set (1.50), Providence (12-18, 4-8 America East) has also been eliminated from playoff contention. Lindsay Witt is third in the conference in hitting percentage (.288), while Michelle Cruz is third in service aces (.42).
Series History vs. the Hawks
Stony Brook owns a 23-5 advantage in the series and beat the Hawks, 3-1, Oct. 20 at home.
Series History vs. the Friars
SB improved to a spotless 8-0 all-time against the Friars with a four-set victory Oct. 18 at Pritchard.
Aces are Wild
The Seawolves have been one of the top teams in the nation and conference in aces per set all season. Stony Brook is 16th out of 332 Division I schools with 1.68 aces per set, while Hannah Dolan and Stephanie McFadden are first and second, respectively, in the league with .42 aces per set.
Stephanie McFadden became Stony Brook's all-time Division I leader in single-season block assists with a seven-stuff performance against Sacred Heart Nov. 5. She is fourth overall in program history with 102 block assists this year and is third in the conference with .96 blocks per set.
Sophomore captain Lo Hathaway is fifth in the league with 4.26 digs per set and has 490 digs this year, the sixth most in SB single-season history.
Kaitlin's Killin' It
Senior outside hitter Kaitlin Costello leads the Seawolves with 15 double-doubles on the year and is at the top of the conference in kills at 3.22 per frame and 12th in aces at .25 per set.
Melissa Rigo is having a stellar sophomore season for Stony Brook. The 2012 America East Rookie of the Year is second on the squad with 13 double-doubles and is in the AE's top 20 in kills (2.80/set), digs (2.80/set) and hitting percentage (.194).
The conference championship is slated for Nov. 22-24 at the highest seed.