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UAlbany Volleyball Topples Stony Brook in Four-Set Battle

UAlbany Sports Information   10-15-2017

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.

Key Stats:

  • 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.

Set Situations:

  • 1st set: Down five, UAlbany rallied off Kelly Camerons 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.

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