Mona Karkkainen
Mona  Karkkainen


Helsinki, Finland

High School:
Makelanrinne Sports




BIG EAST Names 169 St. John's Student-Athletes To 2013-14 All-Academic Team

13 Red Storm teams represented on all-conference list.


St. John's Volleyball Wins Spring Tournament At Fordham

Red Storm went 5-1 in six sets played against Hofstra, Stony Brook, Fordham.


St. John's To Conclude Home Slate With Creighton, DePaul, Marquette

Sunday's Senior Day match vs. Marquette to air live on ESPN3


St. John's Loses, 3-0, To Marquette On The Road

Sophomore Karin Palgutova collects 13th double-double with 16 kills, 11 digs.


St. John's Upsets Creighton On The Road In Five Set Thriller

Down 14-12 in fifth set, Red Storm outscores Bluejays, 5-1, to win, 17-15.


Postgame Highlights: Seton Hall 3, St. John's 1

Postgame Highlights: Seton Hall 3, St. John's 1


Postgame Highlights: St. John's 3, La Salle 0

Postgame Highlights: St. John's 3, La Salle 0


2014 Intro Video

Check out the 2014 St. John's volleyball intro video, which debuted in Carnesecca Arena during the Kaiser Classic on Friday, Sept. 12!


2014 Season Preview

The 2014 St. John's volleyball season begins on Friday, Aug. 29, with the Bryant Invitational in Smithfield, R.I. The home opener is on Monday, Sept. 1 against St. Peter's in Taffner Field House (Rec side). The Carnesecca Arena opener is on Friday, Sept. 12 against Dartmouth.


2013 Intro Video

2013 Intro Video


Women's Volleyball vs. Seton Hall

Big East Season Opener vs. Seton Hall

As A Senior (2016): Played in 114 sets across 31 matches, making 24 starts … registered 157 kills and averaged 1.38 kills per set on 411 total attacks … secured 44 digs and posted 12 service aces on her senior season … recorded 100 total blocks and averaged .88 blocks per set good for second-most on the squad … posted a career-high 15 kills and .481 hitting percentage in the Red Storm’s 3-1 victory over Seton Hall (Oct. 1) … tied a career-high with seven total blocks in a straight-sets victory over Providence (Oct. 28) … compiled a career-high five digs in a sweep over Iona (Aug. 30).

As A Junior (2015): Played in 86 sets across 32 matches, making six starts … picked up 64 kills with a 0.74 kills per set in 179 total attacks … registered 20 digs and a 0.23 digs per set … compiled 40 total blocks … matched her career-high of 12 kills for the third time at DePaul (Oct.16).

As A Sophomore (2014): Played in 89 sets across 29 matches, including 19 starts...finished third on the team in blocks (59) and blocks per set (0.66)... compiled 109 kills and 1.22 kills per set, which ranked fifth on the team...racked up 304 total attacks, which ranked fourth on the team...collected career-highs with 12 kills and 29 total attempts vs. Creighton (Nov. 15)...notched a career-high seven blocks at Marquette (Nov. 7) ... compiled two solo blocks vs. Villanova (Nov. 1) ... racked up eight kills on a career-high .800 attacking percentage adding five blocks vs. Georgetown (Nov. 14) ... picked up a career-high five digs at Towson (Sep. 20).

As A Freshman (2013):
Played in 75 sets across 25 matches ... collected 83 kills and 243 total attacks with only 45 errors ... tallied 10 digs on the season ... notched a season-high 10 kills and 22 total attacks vs. Georgetown (Oct. 11) ... compiled four blocked shots against Xavier (Oct. 6).

At Makelanrinne Sports: A four-year letterwinner ... three-time Finnish league champion (2011, 2012, 2013) ... two-time Finnish Cup gold medalist (2010, 2011) ... 2012 Finnish Cup silver medalist.

Off the Court: Psychology major ... lists winning her first Finnish Championship and attending women's national team camps as her most favorite moments of her athletic career ... chose St. John's for its values ... lists reading, watching movies, shopping, and cooking as her hobbies ... aspires to play volleyball professionally and to do charity work for children in Africa ... favorite book is P.S. I Love You ... favorite food is pizza ... favorite movie is "Life As We Know It" ... favorite song is "Dilemma" by Nelly and Kelly Rowland ... favorite pro team is LP Viesti Salo ... favorite athlete is Riika Lehtonen ... both parents played professional volleyball in Finland ... most influential people in her athletic career are her parents ... daughter of Ari Pekka and Maarit Helena ... Has one brother, Niko Mikael.


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