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Champions! Seawolves Outlast Albany in the America East Championship

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Image1 8For the second straight year, the Stony Brook volleyball team has won the America East Championship. The Seawolves defeated Albany in a five set battle (17-25, 25-14, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8) in the championship game Saturday night. Stony Brook improves to 21-8, and the Great Danes finish their season 16-11.

Coach Belzung’s Reaction
“That was exactly what a championship atmosphere should be like. Huge thank you to our crowd and students for making Pritchard a hostile environment tonight. Albany came to play. They defended and adjusted throughout the entire match but our group was on a mission. I am so proud of our team for earning the opportunity to represent Stony Brook and the America East in the NCAA Tournament.”

By the Numbers vs. Albany
– Graduate student Emily Costello (Webster, NY) led the way with 17 kills.
– Senior McKyla Brooks (Blasdell, NY) notched 13 kills and five blocks.
– Junior Jordan Gels (Lewis Center, OH) recorded nine kills and two blocks.
– Junior Kendra Harlow (St. James, NY) and junior Maria Poole (Stavanger, Norway) each notched nine kills.
– Junior LeAnne Sakowicz (Wauconda, IL) tallied 54 assists and 16 digs in the victory.

– The 2018 America East title is the second in program history.
– Sakowicz, Costello and sophomore Kiani Kerstetter (Cardiff, CA) were named to the All-Championship Team, with Costello being Most Outstanding Player.
– The Seawolves are now 16-32 all-time against the Great Danes.
– The team continued its winning streak, making it 17 in a row.
– With the victory, the Seawolves punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament.

Up Next
The selection show for the NCAA Volleyball Tournament will be held on Sunday, November 25 at 8:30 pm on ESPNU.

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