Delaney D'Amore recorded a career-high 31 digs in the triumph
Aug. 25, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Taking on Sacramento State, who won 20 matches a season ago, the Red Storm played outstanding all-around to earn a 3-1, (25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23) victory to close out the nightcap of a perfect 2-0 day at the Jack Kaiser Classic.
After sweeping Holy Cross to begin the 2017 season, the Johnnies kept their momentum going behind the incredible night by Delaney D’Amore who finished with a career-high 31 digs. She anchored the backline for the Red Storm and held the Hornets’ strong attackers at bay all night. Playing in just her second career match, Jordan McCalla recorded a match-high 20 kills and hit at a strong .372 clip. She also tallied her first career double-double with 11 digs.
For the second-straight match, Julia Cast displayed her offensive abilities with 15 kills and it was another extremely efficient match for Hanna Wagner with 11 kills at a terrific .500 attacking percentage. St. John’s came up huge on the defensive end with 10 total blocks compared to Sacramento State’s four and also out hit the Hornets .285 to .264. Aiding D'Amore on the defensive side was the junior Lexie Lobdell with 14 digs off the bench.
This was the first matchup ever between these two programs and the first set was close throughout with the largest lead belonging to the Red Storm at 15-11. The Hornets came back to even the frame at 22, but the Red Storm prevailed to win three of the next four points to win the set, 25-23. McCalla was firing on all cylinders during the opening set with 11 kills and five digs, while Amanda Sanabia recorded four digs and D’Amore tallied 11 digs in the first set.
Once again, in the next set, the largest advantage was only four points with the Johnnies opening up the frame with a 13-9 lead. Sacramento State rallied behind Shannon Boyle, who finished with a team-high 19 kills to tie the match at 21. However, the Red Storm did not back down taking the next four points of the set with three kills from the rookie from Grapevine, Texas, McCalla to take a 2-0 advantage. Danisha Moss notched three of her match-high seven blocks in the third frame.
The winners of the Big Sky Conference South Division title in 2016 fought hard in the next set and held onto a 25-23 victory. Erica Di Maulo distributed 11 of her 48 assists during the third set and McCalla recorded six kills, but the Hornets pulled through with the set triumph.
With eyes on a perfect day one of the Kaiser Classic, the Red Storm fell behind early 14-12, before reeling off a 6-2 run to take a two point lead. St. John’s and the Hornets were back-and-forth until the score was 24-23 and a service error gave the Johnnies the 3-1 victory and a perfect 2-0 record on the opening day of the Kaiser Classic. It was the second-straight set that McCalla recorded six kills to carry the offense for the Red Storm.
St. John’s continues the Jack Kaiser Classic with a showdown tomorrow against New Hampshire at noon and a matchup with UConn at 5 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena.