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UAlbany Volleyball Falls 3-0 to Stony Brook in America East Semifinal

UAlbany Sports Information   11-17-2017

Volleyball Score: Stony Brook 3, UAlbany 0 (20-25, 21-25, 20-25)

Location: Albany, N.Y. – University Gym

Records: UAlbany (11-14 Stony Brook (17-12)

Short Story: The 1-seed UAlbany volleyball team was defeated by 4-seed Stony Brook in three sets in the America East Tournament semifinal round on Friday night.

Key Stats:

  • UAlbany: Akuabata Okenwa hit .233 with 11 kills, five digs and an ace. Nicole Otero notched 15 digs and five assists while Chloe Evering had eight kills and five digs.
  • Stony Brook: McKyla Brooks led Stony Brook with 16 kills, hitting .353 with five blocks. Emily Costello tallied 12 kills and nine kills.

Set Situations:

  • 1st set: With the set tied at 17-17, SBU won eight of the final 11 points, including five Emily Costello kills, to win 25-20.
  • 2nd set: UAlbany had an 11-4 advantage, including five different players with kills, but Stony Brook came back and won 25-21.
  • 3rd set: Two aces in a row for Kelly Cameron helped UAlbany cut an early deficit to one at 16-15, with Stony Brook breaking away late and winning 25-20.

Recap: The UAlbany volleyball team fell in the America East Tournament semifinal to Stony Brook in three sets on Friday night.

Into set one, Nina Holmes took UAlbany to a 4-0 run and a 4-2 advantage.  Each side exchanged a 3-0 run, with UAlbany adding another pair of points to make it 10-7.  Kills from Taylor Robinson and Tatiana Tiangco countered Emily Costello kills to make it 12-10 UAlbany.  Stony Brook rallied to lead 17-16.  UAlbany tied the set, but Stony Brook took eight of the final 11 points, including five Costello kills, to take game one 25-20.

Kills from five different UAlbany players helped the Great Danes get an 11-4 lead, inducing both Stony Brook timeouts.  At 12-5, Stony Brook put together an 8-1 streak to tie the set at 13-13.  The teams went back and forth, with Tiangco and Robinson getting kills to counter those by McKyla Brooks.  At 21-21, SBU got the final four points, capped by a Brooks kill, to win 25-21.

Down 5-1 early, Holmes again had a big serving rally, using kills from Danielle Tedesco, Akuabata Okenwa and Chloe Evering to take a 6-5 lead.  At 10-9, SBU took the next five to go up 14-10, later 16-12.  An SBU service error and two Kelly Cameron aces brought UAlbany back within one at 16-15.  But UAlbany could not get closer, with SBU ending on a 3-0 run to win the game 25-20 and the match in three.

Stony Brook advances to take on Binghamton in the America East Tournament final tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the University Gym.

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