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Volleyball shuts down UMass-Lowell in straight sets

The Seawolves improved to 2-0 at home this season with the win. They are 8-11 overall. Photo By Mike Wei

This Sunday, the Stony Brook women’s volleyball team capped off their three win week with a shutdown performance over the winless UMass-Lowell, sweeping all three sets.

The win was a great team effort, with solid performances coming from multiple players.

The first set was won by a score of 25-10, the largest margin of the three.

The team hit .417, with 11 kills on 24 attempts. Senior Kaitlin Costello lead the team in this set with three aces, starting her great performance on the day.

The second set was won 25-11, and was arguably the best set of the three.

The team attacked flawlessly, notching 16 kills on 26 attempts without a single error.

The team finished off the third set 25-16,  winning convincingly despite hitting only .185 on attacks.

There were many positive individual performances from the Seawolves.

Sophomore Melissa Rigo and Katie Costello lead the charge for them, with both putting up nine digs and nine kills, with Costello hitting a great .500.

Setter Hannah Dolan was the only player on the court to put up a stat in double digits, accounting for 20 of the teams 34 total assists.

Sophomore Stephanie McFadden also had a great day, with five kills to go with her team leading four aces.

The team was pleased with their performance. “This was a team that we just had to go in and fight hard and that’s what we did,” Kaitie Costello said.

“We practiced real hard, we came back after going 0-1 in the conference last weekend against UMBC and I think this week we showed what we’re really made of, ” said Melissa Rigo.

The coach was pleased as well. “I think we did a really good job. One of our goals was just to respect UMass Lowell, and do that by playing our game. I think we did a really good job of doing that,” coach Coley Pawlikowski said.

“Consistency. I think that was one of our goals for today, and I think we were pretty consistent,” she stated when asked what the team did best. She felt the game was a great team performance. “I think today our whole team did a really good job, so I think today was a team performance. We were able to get a lot of people in who hadn’t seen the court all year. It was one of Cailyn Hart’s first games and Shelby (Tietjen) hasn’t been in in a while.”

The team will hope to build off of this great week as the go on a two game road trip, playing on Friday at Binghamton and on Sunday at Albany.

Binghamton is coming off a loss to Hartford in straight sets. Hartford defeated them 25-23, 25-16 and 25-12 on Sunday.

Albany is also coming off a straight set loss to Providence on Saturday.

The Great Danes fell 25-21, 25-18 and 25-19 in the match.

The Seawolves also play Albany and Binghamton back-to-back at home in November.

After this two-game road trip, the Seawolves return home on Friday to take on Providence.

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