By William Dunn
The Stony Brook Women’s volleyball team fell to 9-12 after losing two straight games to the University of Albany on October 14 and the University of Maryland: Baltimore County on October 16. The final score in the loss to Albany was 3-1. However, the game against UMBC proved to be a little different as the Lady Seawolves were shut out, 3-0.
Stony Brook played with Albany for every point, rallying in the third game to win 27-25. Leading the team with an impressive 20 kills and 13 digs was senior outside hitter, Gulce Nazli Dikecligil (Istanbul, Turkey). The Seawolves caught up in the third set to prevent a shut out. Junior transfer libero Michelle Burrola (Glendale, AZ) assisted the Seawolves effort, with a game-high of 21 digs alongside sophomore swing hitter Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, MN). The Lady Seawolves came together to make great plays, but it was not enough to defeat the Albany Danes. Stony Brook lost in four sets, 25-17, 25-22, 25-27, 25-21. Albany improved their record to 10-8, 3-0 in American East conference play.
UMBC, despite being “that other school of the University of Maryland,” proved to be unstoppable, winning in three sets, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18. The Retrievers had a game high 17 kills of which the Lady Seawolves never found their groove. Nelson led the team with 11 kills, while Burrola recorded the team high of 14 digs. The win for UMBC keeps them undefeated in American East play at 4-0 while they are 14-6 overall.
Now below the .500 mark, the Lady Seawolves close off their regular season on the road against Maine on October 17 and against New Hampshire on October 19. The Lady Seawolves are 0-3 in American East conference play.