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Margherita Bianchin
Margherita  Bianchin

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Treviso, Italy

High School:
Liceo Classico Paritario G. Bertoni

Height:
6-0

Position:
OH

09/24/2016

Butler 3, St. John's 1

St. John's squared off with BIG EAST foe Butler on Saturday Sept. 24, 2016 at Carnesecca Arena.

As A Sophomore (2016): Played in 108 sets across 31 matches, making 26 starts … registered 291 kills and averaged 2.69 kills per set, which both ranked third-best on the squad … led the team with 35 service aces, which was the third most in the conference, while averaging 1.82 digs per set with 197 digs on the year … posted 60 total blocks for an average .56 per set … recorded five double-doubles on the season … was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 5) … chosen to the All-Tournament Team at the Jack Kaiser Classic and San Francisco Challenge  … picked up a career-high eight total blocks in a Red Storm victory over Niagara (Sept. 2) … produced a career-high .571 hitting percentage with 14 kills in a straight-sets victory over La Salle (Sept. 3) … delivered a season-high 19 kills at a .436 clip in a five set loss to UConn (Sept. 17).

As A Freshman (2015): Played in 103 sets across 29 matches, making 25 starts … ranked third on the team in kills with 237 while picking up 2.30 kills per set … racked up 29 assists and 16 service aces …  ranked third on the team with a total of 181 digs averaging 1.76 digs per set … was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 16) … had a career-high 46 total attacks vs. Seton Hall (Oct. 14) … had a career-high 20 kills vs. Cornell (Sept. 12) … notched a career-high .522 attack percentage vs. Providence (Nov. 6) … recorded a career-high 17 digs vs. Marquette (Nov. 14).

At Liceo Classico Paritario G. Bertoni:
Comes to St. John’s after a decorated prep career in which she won several individual and team awards in both indoor and beach/sand volleyball…Beach/Sand Volleyball – A two-time U21 Italian National Champion (2013 with Alice Teli and 2014 with Monica Lestini)…She placed eighth in 2014 at the U21 European Championship with Federica Frasca….Named MVP at the 2014 U21 Italian National Volleyball Championship…Indoor Volleyball – Placed first at several competitions including the U18 Nationals (2012-13),  U18 Regionals with Veneto (2012-13), U18 State Tournament with Venezia (2012-13), and the U16 Regionals with Emilia Romagna (2010-11)…Named MVP at both the Global Challenge Invitational in 2013 and the Regional Tournament (2013-14).

Off the Court:  Born in Treviso, Italy. ... daughter of Claudio Bianchin and Maria Carouna Barbazza...lists playing sand volleyball and listening to music as her hobbies ... lists her father as the most influential person in her athletic career because he gives her the strength to compete and because he isn’t afraid to point out her flaws ... lists embracing her dad after winning her first Italian Championship as the most favorite moment in her athletic career … chose St. John's because she wanted to live in New York, meet new people and get a great education... favorite food is Pizza ... likes to listen to "Linkin Park”… if she wasn’t playing volleyball, she would be playing basketball … favorite quote is: “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions”… After graduating from St. John’s University, she plans to return to Italy and either find a good job or play volleyball professionally in one of the country’s top leagues.

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