St. John's Defends its Jack Kaiser Classic Title with 1-1 Record on Day Two

Erica Di Maulo was named MVP of the Jack Kaiser Classic for the second-straight year.
Aug. 26, 2017

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Box Score (New Hampshire Match)
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Needing a victory over the University of New Hampshire to clinch its second-straight Jack Kaiser title, the Red Storm volleyball team claimed its second sweep of the weekend with a 3-0, (27-25, 25-22, 25-19) victory over the Wildcats, before falling to UConn, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-14) to finish with a 3-1 record and champion of the 2017 Jack Kaiser Classic.


Facing the Wildcats, who was have won four-straight America East regular season and conference titles, the Red Storm used its offense to the tune of a .306 hitting percentage to pick up the sweep.

The Red Storm put up a tremendous offensive effort with a season-high attacking percentage and out blocked its third-straight opponent five to three. Leading the way for the Johnnies was the senior Julia Cast with a match-high 14 kills and a .382 hitting percentage. Conducting the offense was the most valuable player of the tournament, Erica Di Maulo with a match-high 37 assists and tacked on 13 digs with three service aces. Di Maulo was selected as MVP of the Kaiser Classic for the second-straight season.

Two other Red Storm student-athletes named to the All-Tournament Team paved the way for the Johnnies in Hanna Wagner with seven kills on another stellar hitting percentage, as the sophomore from Germany hit at a .429 clip. The newcomer Jordan McCalla enjoyed another splendid afternoon with 13 kills and just missed her second career double-double with nine digs. Amanda Sanabia paced the defense with a team-high 15 digs and dished out three assists.

The Wildcats got off to a solid start as they won six of the first nine points to force the Johnnies to issue a timeout. New Hampshire kept the momentum going to build its lead to 19-13, before the Red Storm’s youthful squad fought back, reeling off a 9-1 run to take a 22-20 advantage. Both teams exchanged points to even the match at 25, until a kill by McCalla and an attack error by the Wildcats gave the Red Storm a comeback victory in the opening frame.

In the second set, the Red Storm opened up a 13-9 lead, before the Wildcats tied the frame with a 4-0 run. Both teams exchanged points and with the set tied at 20, the Red Storm exploded for a 5-2 run to end the frame on kills by Cast and McCalla. Cast, a senior from Westbury, N.Y., registered six kills on a .455 attacking percentage in the second set. The third and final set showcased an offensive display from a trio of Johnnies as Danisha Moss, Wagner and McCalla each registered four kills as the Red Storm hit at a .366 clip.

Every set of the match was close until the end when the Johnnies pulled away and in the third with the score tied at 19, the Red Storm won six-straight points to earn the 3-0 triumph. Wagner finished off the sweep with a kill assisted by Di Maulo to earn the Red Storm its second-straight Kaiser Classic title.


Taking on the rested Huskies, who only played one match on Saturday, the Red Storm struggled to find a rhythm against UConn and fell in straight-sets.

Three different Johnnies led the squad in kills with Cast, McCalla and Moss all recording six kills and the graduate student from Toronto, Moss topped the Red Storm with a .286 hitting percentage. Sanabia and D’Amore paced the backline with nine and eight digs, respectively, while Di Maulo dished out 21 assists. For the first time this season, the Johnnies did not out block its opponent with each team posting seven blocks.

The Huskies opened up a 10-8 lead over the Red Storm in the opening set and then pulled away for the rest of the set to end the frame on a 15-5 run to take the first stanza.

In the next set, Danielle Cabel recorded six of her match-high 11 kills and hit at .667 clip for the match to lift the Huskies to a 25-18 set victory. Moss registered three of her six kills during the frame, while Di Maulo distributed 11 assists.

Still fighting hard in the final set of the match, the Red Storm just could not piece it together and fell, 25-14 in the third set to give the Johnnies their first loss of the season. The Red Storm finished the weekend with a 3-1 record, won its second consecutive Kaiser Classic title and placed three on the All-Tournament Team, including the MVP.

St. John’s returns to the court next Friday for its opening match of the Albany Invitational against the host-school Albany for a 7 p.m. showdown. The following day, the Red Storm takes on Temple and Colgate in its second non-conference tournament of the season.

2017 Jack Kaiser Volleyball Classic All-Tournament Team

Erica Di Maulo, St. John’s MVP
Jordan McCalla, St. John’s
Hanna Wagner, St. John’s
Kennedy Arundel UConn
Emma Turner, UConn
Kennedy Kurtz, Sacramento State
Lana Brown, Sacramento State
Courtney Bowman, University of New Hampshire
Katie Kerins, Holy Cross




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