Albany, N.Y. - Teresa Coppiellie recorded 15 kills to lead UAlbany to a 3-0 sweep of Stony Brook in America East Conference volleyball action on Friday evening at University Gymnasium. The Great Danes swept the Seawolves with scores of 25-24, 25-29 and 25-17.
In a battle of conference unbeatens, the Great Danes dominated offensively and defensively, holding Stony Brook to a .083 hitting percentage and outblocking the Seawolves, 10-4. UAlbany came out firing in the first set, scoring four straight points behind the service game of Brooke Stanley to get ahead, 14-6. Ashley Headen took an assist from Corrine Perry to end the UAlbany rally, but a kill by Kalyn Mostert followed by a solo block by Casey Wright but the Great Danes back in control. Coppiellie gave the Great Danes a 20-10 advantage with a kill, but Stony Brook attempted a comeback with three straight points, including a block by Headen and Sally Downs. Coppiellie recorded a service ace to give UAlbany a 22-13 advantage and the Great Danes received back-to-back kills from Sourbeer and Stanley to get to set point. A block assist from Wright and Stanley on a Stony Brook attack gave the Great Danes the easy first set win.
Stony Brook looked to even the match in the second, building up a 4-1 lead early on. The Seawolves held on to a slim lead until consecutive attack errors tied the match at 11-11 and then gave the Great Danes a one-point lead. Back-to-back kills by Harmonie Calinda put Stony Brook back on top by one, but the service game of Laura Livergood and Laurie Gonzalez drove UAlbany to a 21-14 advantage. The Seawolves attempted one last rally to pull within 22-18 on a Headen kill, but the Great Danes pulled forward, getting kills by Sourbeer and Stanley to end the set.
The third set featured five ties in the early going, with the last coming at 14-14 as Stony Brook knotted the score on a kill by Lindsey Gordon. UAlbany rallied from that point, getting ahead, 21-15, on three consecutive kills by Coppiellie. After a Greta Strenger kill that ended the UAlbany run, Coppiellie and Valerie Sourbeer combined for consecutive kills for the Great Danes before Stony Brook ended the set in the Great Danes' favor by committing an attack error.
Stony Brook (10-9, AE 2-1) got eight kills apiece from Headen, Gordon and Calinda. Perry finished with 28 assists and six digs, while Jeanette Gibbs finished with a team-high 15 digs defensively.
Stanley recorded her seventh double-double of the season for the Great Danes with 35 assists and 14 digs, while also recording five kills and one block assist. Sourbeer also finished with double-digit kill totals with 10, while Mostert and Wright led the team at the net, each finishing with six total blocks.
UAlbany (12-8, AE 3-0), which has now won nine straight matches, returns to action on Sunday, taking on UMBC in conference action at 2 p.m.
UAlbany (12-8, AE 3-0) def. Stony Brook (10-9, AE 2-1), 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17).
Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information