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The team celebrates their victory after Sunday's game. Photo fron SBU Athletics

The Stony Brook volleyball team grabbed its sixth win in a row after defeating the Hampton Lady Pirates in straight sets (25-18, 25-12, 25-12) on Oct. 8 at Holland Hall, Hampton University in Hampton, VA.

The Seawolves’ offense was paced by Kali Moore, who finished with a team-high 12 kills on the day while accumulating a hitting percentage of .385, and by Abby Stanwood, who had 10 kills while hitting .563. Defensively, the squad had two players reach double figures in digs as Leoni Kunz had 13 and Julia Patsos tallied 12. 

SET 1: The Seawolves won the first point and never trailed to win the first set 25-18. Stony Brook led by as many as nine points at 18-9 after a kill by Moore before ultimately finishing off the set. 

SET 2: After their win in the first set, Stony Brook put itself on the cusp of a sweep with a dominating 25-12 victory in set number two. The Seawolves took control of the set lead early on at 2-1 following a kill by Lauren Schmitz, and went on to score 10 of the first 12 points as five different-student athletes recorded a kill. To finish the set, Stony Brook opened its biggest lead of the stanza, 13 points, totaling 20 kills in the process.

SET 3: Stony Brook then ended the match with a victory in set number three to secure the sweep. The Seawolves led from the opening point on in the set to earn a 25-12 victory. The squad ended on a high note following the kill by Katie Hickey, claiming its biggest lead, 13 points, to close out the set. The Stony Brook offense also got a boost from three aces in the stanza, including two from Patsos. 

“I thought we came out a little slow today but picked up our aggressiveness on offense, especially in transition to earn our points. I’m proud of our group for coming in focused this week. We have an important stretch coming up and I’m excited to continue to get better with this team,” said head coach Kristin Belzung. 

The team returns to the court next weekend when they host Delaware University at Pritchard Gymnasium for a matchup on Saturday at 11 a.m., and Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

The team celebrates their win after Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook volleyball team concluded their weekend in Queens with a straight-set victory on Sept. 9 over Siena inside the Carnesecca Arena. 

#4 Abby Stanwood during last Saturday’s game. Photo fron SBU Athletics

The Seawolves came out firing from the offensive side in the first set as the squad put together a .348 attack percentage with 11 kills in the opening set victory. Also, Stony Brook  supplemented their offense with six aces in the set, including three straight by Madison Cigna to give the Seawolves the 16-12 lead in the set. 

Stony Brook ended the first set on a strong note, stretching their lead to its largest point in the set to complete the 25-17 victory.

The squad was victorious in set two by taking the 25-22 win to promptly take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Seawolves outlasted the Saints in a back-and-forth set to win in a stanza that featured five lead changes and was tied eight times. Neither team led by more than four points along the way. The squad racked up 19 kills over the course of the set, including two by Abby Stanwood in the final five points to secure the second frame.

Stony Brook did not allow Siena to make any comeback as the squad took the third set, 25-15. The squad led from the first point and never looked back by tallying 15 kills in the set on .344 attack percentage. Kali Moore and Leoni Kunz both tallied two kills in the final five points to take the set and ultimately the three-set sweep.

Moore finished with 16 kills on the day to lead the Seawolves attack while finishing with a hitting percentage of .323. Defensively, Stony Brook had two players reach double figures in digs as Torri Henry had 16 and Julia Patsos had 10. Also, Henry led the way with 32 assists for the Seawolves.

“It was great to end the weekend with a win and I thought we approached this match with maturity. We managed rallies until we had opportunities and ultimately found a way to score. I was excited to see our crew gut out a win, especially in the second set when it got tight. We are very excited to open CAA play next weekend at home,” said head coach Kristin Belzung.

The team returns to the court next weekend when the squad hosts Northeastern University at Pritchard Gymnasium for their first CAA action of the season. 

Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook volleyball team fought hard in a back-and-forth battle, but ultimately fell to CAA foe Northeastern in five sets in Boston on Oct. 23. The team started out strong, claiming the first set, 26-24. With the match tied at 20-20, the Seawolves and the Huskies engaged in a back-and-forth contest that saw the Seawolves victorious. 

The Huskies took control of the next two sets, with the second set ending in a close finish, 25-21, and the third in a dominating 25-9 win. The Seawolves then bounced back with a gritty effort to take the fourth, 27-25. Stony Brook was unable to keep the momentum rolling as Northeastern secured the final set, 15-9. 

The Seawolves were led offensively by junior outside hitter Leoni Kunz, who tallied a game-high 16 kills, and sophomore outside hitter Erin Garr, who totaled 10. 

“Northeastern does a lot of things to make you uncomfortable and they did that with their serving and tempo today. We were trailing the play too often and that forced us to make decisions under stress. That said, I thought our fight was good and that we bounced back after a tough third and start to the fourth set. We need to make some adjustments tomorrow, but we mostly need to manage the serve-and-pass game better and stop Northeastern from going on runs,” said head coach Kristin Belzung. 

Photo by Shawn Ruiz/Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University volleyball team concluded play at Delaware with a weekend split, defeating the Blue Hens in a five-set thriller on Oct. 16. 

After securing the first set, Stony Brook dropped the next two in close deficits, with the second set resulting in a four point defeat (25-21) and the third set culminating in a three point loss (25-22). The Seawolves then bounced back with a gritty effort to secure the fourth and fifth sets, closing them out 27-25 and 15-9, respectively. 

Stony Brook’s offense was fueled by the trio of Kali Moore, Abby Campbell, and Erin Garr who all finished the match with 10 or more kills. Defensively, the Seawolves were led by Julia Patsos and Moore who tallied 30 and 22 digs, respectively. 

“So proud of this group! We approached this match with a different competitive spirit and it was a full team win. We were able to execute adjustments both offensively and defensively throughout the entire match and that showed grit. Every road win is big and this one is better because I thought we played at a high-level. We have another important road weekend coming up and will need this same level of focus,” said head coach Kristin Belzung. 

Up next, the team heads to Boston to take on conference rival Northeastern on Oct. 22 and 23.

Photo by Jim Harrison/ Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches on Oct. 9 after defeating Hampton University in straight sets. This is the first ever weekend sweep for the Seawolves in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), as the squad notched a four-set victory Oct. 8 against the Lady Pirates.

The Seawolves were charged by the junior duo of Abby Campbell and Lauren Schmitz capturing a team high of 13 kills and 11 kills in the victory. For the weekend, the tandem led the squad in kills with Campbell capturing 27 and Schmitz having 24 in the conference sweep.

The squad had their hands full in the first set with the Lady Pirates that saw a tied score at seven different points in the set. But, the Seawolves did not fault or waver a lead the entire set and went on a 5-1 run at 20-19 to ultimately take the set, 25-20. Junior Leoni Kunz and Schmitz mashed two kills each in the final stretch to finish off Hamptons early momentum early in the match.

Following a powerful second set victory by Stony Brook, the Lady Pirates did not render, fighting to keep the match alive, as they went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the third set to take a 18-14 lead. However, the Seawolves stormed back later in the set, again going on a late run, scoring the final four points to take the final set, 26-24.

Defensively, junior Julia Patsos led the squad with her persistent and tenacious back-row play, as the libero collected a team-best 13 digs today and 24 overall for the weekend. The Long Island native has had 10 or more digs in 12 of 17 starts this season and now has 202 for the season.

“I am very proud of our group for locking two wins in this weekend which is huge for our goals for the season. I thought we played really well offensively and made some adjustments defensively from yesterday that made a big impact,” said head coach Kristin Belzung.

The team celebrates their win after Sunday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Seawolves used a gritty performance to secure their first-ever CAA win on Oct. 2 as they knocked off William & Mary in a five-set thriller. Stony Brook was paced by the trio of Leoni Kunz, Abby Campbell, and Kali Moore who all finished the match with 15 or more kills.

After capturing the first two sets, the Seawolves dropped the next two as the Tribe forced a deciding fifth set. Stony Brook overpowered William & Mary in the deciding set behind Kunz and Moore who tallied two kills apiece en route to a 15-8 win in the frame.

 The Seawolves left Williamsburg, Va. with a spilt after falling in straight sets yesterday afternoon to the Tribe. Stony Brook bounced back on Sunday to pick up its first-ever win against William & Mary by the final set scores of 25-21, 26-24, 22-25, 14-25, 15-8.

With the win, the Seawolves improve to a perfect 4-0 in matches that go five sets this season. Prior to today’s five-set thriller, Stony Brook knocked off Fordham (Aug. 28 at home), Georgetown (Sep. 3 at home), and Seton Hall (Sep. 11 on a neutral court) in five sets. Today’s victory was the Seawolves’ first road win in five sets since September 7, 2019, when they defeated Georgetown.

 “I couldn’t be prouder of the fight in our group. Coming back and working our way out of a poor performance yesterday is tough on short turnaround and being able to grit this out after some mid-match stress is huge. We definitely still had some moments we weren’t executing great and I think feeling that struggle and being able to grit out a W is something we needed to feel,” said head coach Kristin Belzung.

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Ward Melville fresh off the 3-0 win in their season opener against Willian Floyd two days earlier, kept the momentum going in another shut-out victory on the road against Longwood on Sept. 3.

After briefly losing the lead in the second set, the Patriots rallied back to sweep the Lions 25-12, 25-21 and 25-17 in League I action. Seniors Anne Gursky and Kiersten Schmidt led their team in digs with fifteen. 

The Patriots retake the court in another road game against Bellport Sept. 9. First service is at 4:30 p.m.

Pictured clockwise from above, Ward Melville’s Bailee Williams, left, and Siena Hart battle at the net for the Patriots; freshman Emma Bradshaw battles at net; Ward Melville senior Anne Gursky from the service line; Patriots senior Emma Zwycewicz sets the play; and Ward Melville celebrates a point in their three game sweep over Longwood.

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Seyma Ikizoglu attacks the net for the Warriors in a road game against East Islip Sept 1. Bill Landon photo

After an abbreviated 12-game season last spring, the Comsewogue girls’ volleyball had their hands full in their season opener on the road against East Islip Sept. 1.

The Lady Warriors fell in three sets 11-25, 14-25 and 10-25. Comsewogue retook the court Sept. 3 where they hosted Hauppauge, followed by another road game against West Babylon Sept. 10.

First service for both games is 5:45p.m.

All photos by Bill Landon

Alexa Timo with the return for Centereach in a League III matchup at home April 11. Photo by Bill Landon

The Cougars of Centereach in a rare Sunday morning performance took the best of four sets in a League III matchup from visiting West Babylon 25-9, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-14 April 11. It was senior day for the Cougars and before the game the team honored seniors Kimee Sokolowski (defensive specialist) and (outside hitter) Alexa Timo.

Centereach won the opening set-in convincing fashion before falling in the second to make it a new game. The Cougars found their stride and put away the next two sets for the 3-1 win.

Sokolowski had four aces and five digs and Timo had 11 kills. Gianna Buscarino a junior tallied 18 assists.

The win lifts the Cougars to 4-5 in league and will retake the court in a home game against cross town rival Newfield April 14 and finish up regular season play with a road game the following day against Eastport South Manor. First service for both games is 4p.m.

Photos by Bill Landon 

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Smithtown West went head-to-head with West Islip vying for the top spot in League III volleyball action at home where the Bulls swept West Islip in three sets winning 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21 March 30.

With the win on their home court, Smithtown West remains unbeaten with a 5-0 record while the loss drops West Islip to 8-2.

The Bulls have a busy schedule in the COVID-compressed season and will play four games over three days beginning with a doubleheader April 1 at home against Bellport at 10 a.m. and a road game against Deer Park at 2.