Julia Cast now has over 800 kills in her Red Storm career.
Sept. 12, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Playing in its fourth match in as many days, the Red Storm fell to the two-time defending MAAC champion Fairfield, 3-1 (12-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22) at Carnesecca Arena on Tuesday night.
St. John’s (7-4) played solid on the defensive end with 14 blocks and held the Fairfield attack to a .094 hitting percentage. Despite the Red Storm hitting at a higher clip, .117 to .094, the Stags recorded more kills, assists and digs to help defeat the Red Storm.
On the offensive end, Julia Cast led the Johnnies with a match-high 14 kills and a .243 hitting percentage. The senior from Westbury, N.Y., has now topped the Red Storm in kills in nine of the team’s 11 matches this year and the veteran now has over 800 kills in her career. A 2017 Preseason All-BIG EAST member, Erica Di Maulo piled up the stat sheet with her sixth double-double of the year on 34 assists and 13 digs. The sophomore setter from Milan, Italy, also went a perfect 5-for-5 on swing attempts and tallied four blocks.
After a 2016 season that saw Danisha Moss break the 23-year program record for blocks, the graduate student broke through for a season-high eight rejections and the Toronto native now ranks sixth in program history for most career blocks. A very efficient player all season for the Red Storm, Hanna Wagner recorded seven kills at a .462 clip and posted five blocks. In the back row, Amanda Sanabia collected a match-high 15 digs and Lexie Lobdell picked up eight digs.
The Red Storm got off to a dominating start to the match winning 11 of the first 14 points to force Fairfield to call a timeout. Following the break in action, the Johnnies kept their momentum to finish the opening frame on a 14-9 run to take the first set, 25-12. The defense of the Red Storm tallied four blocks and limited the Stags’ attack to an extremely low -.296 hitting percentage. Cast and Kayley Wood each registered three kills, while Di Maulo dished out seven assists and four digs in the first set of the match.
The two-time defending MAAC champions bounced back in the next set during a back-and-forth affair that was all tied at 15, until the Stags took the lead and despite a strong effort to comeback in the stanza, the Red Storm fell, 25-23. Cast played tremendous in the second set with six kills on eight swings and Di Maulo distributed 12 assists. Mayda Garcia notched six of her team-high 13 kills to lead the Stags in the second stanza.
In the third set, Fairfield took control early led by four of Kaitlyn Fisher’s nine kills during the third frame to take an 18-12 lead. The Red Storm won eight of the next 14 points to trail, 24-20, and then picked up three-straight points, before a kill by Luci Albertson gave Fairfield the 25-23 set victory. Cast played tremendous in the third set with six kills on eight swings and Di Maulo distributed 12 assists.
Entering a fourth set for just the second time in 11 matches to open up the 2017 campaign, Fairfield once again earned an early lead with a 14-10 advantage, but the Red Storm cut the lead to 17-15 to lead to a Fairfield timeout. St. John’s could not come back in the frame after trailing by two points on three different occasions. Kaylie Butts put down a kill to give the Stags the 25-22 set triumph and a 3-1 victory.
The Johnnies will hit the road for its final non-conference tournament of the regular season, when the Red Storm heads to Texas for the Baylor Classic this Friday, Sept. 15, beginning with a matchup against UTSA. The next day, St. John’s will face the host-school Baylor, who is receiving votes in the AVCA poll, and then Texas State to close out the tournament.