On Thursday, Nov. 5, Stony Brook released its America East conference schedule for seven sports set to play in the spring: baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball.
On Sept. 22, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors approved a 2021 spring schedule for teams who had their fall 2020 seasons postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The America East has postponed fall sports to the spring. Many other conferences have canceled their fall sports seasons as well, including the Patriot League, Ivy League and several Division II and Division III conferences
Two years ago, the Stony Brook volleyball team traveled to the New York state capital as an underdog No. 4 seed to face the No. 1-seeded Albany Great Danes in the semifinals of the America East playoffs.
The Seawolves lost in four sets to the UMBC Retrievers on Friday, Nov. 8 before traveling upstate to face the Albany Great Danes on Sunday, Nov. 10, where they achieved the same result. Despite the two-game losing streak, Stony Brook was still able to clinch a spot in the America East playoffs.
Down 21-20 in the first set at home against a winless Binghamton team, Stony Brook Volleyball needed to pick up the urgency. Senior middle blocker Kendra Harlow, the match’s leader in kills, delivered a perfectly placed attack just inside the boundary to put the Seawolves back on top.
Needing a win to remain afloat in the America East playoff picture, the Stony Brook volleyball team began the second wave of conference play by taking down the Hartford Hawks in four sets on Friday, Oct. 25, improving to 8-13 (3-3 AE).