UAlbany Volleyball Topples Stony Brook in Four-Set Battle
Volleyball Score: UAlbany 3, Stony Brook 1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-23)
Location: Albany, N.Y. – University Gym
Records: UAlbany (4-13, 4-1 AE), Stony Brook (13-9, 3-3 AE)
Short Story: In a match where the four sets were decided by a difference of 10 total points, the UAlbany volleyball team came back from down the first set to defeat Stony Brook 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
- UAlbany: Three Great Danes had double digit kills, led by Tatiana Tiangco with 15, hitting .306. Akuabata Okenwa had a double double off 11 kills and 12 digs while Chloe Evering had 14 kills and five digs. Nicole Otero averaged almost eight digs a set, totaling 31, while Kelly Cameron earned 51 assists, seven digs and three kills.
- Stony Brook: Maria Poole hit .333 with a match-high 17 kills, adding five digs, while McKyla Brooks hit .467 with 14 kills and four blocks.
- UAlbany hit at least .200 in every set, totaling .241 in the match.
- 1st set: Down five, UAlbany rallied off Kelly Cameron’s serving to tie at 23, but two Stony Brook kills gave the visitors the set 25-23.
- 2nd set: UAlbany used a pair of 4-0 runs and never trailed in the set, winning 25-21.
- 3rd set: UAlbany came back from down 20-17, using kills from four different players to take the set 25-23.
- 4th set: UAlbany won six of seven points to build a four-point lead, hanging on to the advantage and winning the set 25-23.
Quotes: “I think we did a great job at battling, scratching and fighting today. Stony Brook is a good team, and we got down by quite a few points several times and came back to win; that is a huge step for this team. Nicole (Otero) had another outstanding match, while our outsides did a great job hitting the seams in the defense. After being sick all week, Danielle (Tedesco) came in relief and hit .500. We served very tough today, and that made a huge difference in the match.” – UAlbany head coach MJ Engstrom
Recap: In a back-and-forth battle at the University Gym, the UAlbany volleyball team came back from down a set to defeat Stony Brook 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Stony Brook began the first set leading 8-4, then three Tatiana Tiangco kills and two more from Courtney O'Connell pulled UAlbany with one at 11-10. Kiani Kersetter served SBU through a 5-0 run to lead 16-10. At 23-18, UAlbany rallied with a 5-0 run off the serving off Kelly Cameron to tie the set, but two Stony Brook kills gave the set to the Seawolves 25-23.
The second set started back-and-forth until at 12-11, a Tiangco kill and the serving of Nicole Otero made a 4-0 run and a 16-11 UAlbany lead. SBU got back within two as the sides again began to exchange. Up by two, Chloe Evering had two kills in a 4-0 run as UAlbany took the game 25-21 to even the match.
A couple early SBU 3-0 runs gave the Seawolves an 11-8 lead. UAlbany took the lead off a Tiangco kill, two Akuabata Okenwa kills and a Nina Holmes ace to make it 13-12. The back-and-forth continued on streaks, as SBU led 20-17. Another run, with UAlbany taking four straight, to go up 21-20. Kills by Taylor Robinson and Tiangco made it 23-21. The sides exchanged points as a Danielle Tedesco kill finished the set for UAlbany 25-23.
Winning seven of eight points early, SBU led set four 8-4. Three kills from different players brought UAlbany within one. At 14-11, Cameron served UAlbany through a 6-0 run, including two aces, to send the Great Danes to a 17-14 advantage. SBU pulled within one three times late, but UAlbany held the lead and won 25-23 to take the match in four.
UAlbany will play the first of four consecutive road matches on Friday, October 20th at 7 p.m., playing SUNY rival Binghamton in Vestal.