Stony Brook Holds off St. John’s Rally in 3-2 Victory

Julia Cast tallied a career-high 30 kills against Stony Brook
Sept. 19, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. – Closing out its non-conference portion of its 2017 slate, the St. John’s volleyball team fell behind 2-1, before taking the fourth set, but dropped the final frame of the match in a thrilling last set at Carnesecca Arena to give Stony Brook a 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 19-17) victory on Tuesday night.

The Seawolves (9-6) out hit the Johnnies, (8-7) .280 to .235, and boasted five players with nine or more kills and tallied more blocks than the Red Storm, who currently rank 17th in the nation in blocks per set.

After Julia Cast broke her career-high in kills with 26 just three matches ago, the senior played outstanding on the offensive end to once again break her record for most kills in a match with 30. The Westbury, N.Y., native hit at a stellar .403 clip and currently averages more than four kills per set. Just missing her career-high of 60 assists, Erica Di Maulo dished out 59 helpers and notched 10 digs to pick up her seventh double-double of the season.

Another career offensive night for the Red Storm belonged to the sophomore Hanna Wagner, who posted a career-high 13 kills and .550 attacking percentage. Newcomer Jordan McCalla was just shy of her fourth double-double of the year with 12 kills and nine digs, while Danisha Moss picked up four blocks to lead the Red Storm. For the fourth time this season, Delaney D’Amore reached the 20-dig mark with a 23 dig performance and Amanda Sanabia tallied 15 digs.

Following a 9-9 start to the first set, St. John’s took control to never let Stony Brook take the lead in the opening frame. The Red Storm opened up a 19-15 lead and then a 22-17 advantage on the talents of Cast as the veteran notched 10 kills in the opening set. Stony Brook cut the lead to 24-21 after back-to-back points, but a kill by Kayley Wood finished of the frame and gave the Red Storm a 1-0 lead. Cydney Bowman of Stony Brook tallied five of her team-high 16 kills in the set and also hit at a .800 clip for the match.

The Johnnies and the Seawolves went back-and-forth in the second set with the score even at 13 and then once again tied at 18. Each team exchanged points until the score was tied at 20, which marked the 14th tie of the set. The Seawolves pulled ahead to win three of the final four points of the set to even the match at one set apiece on a 25-23 set victory. Cast went 6-for-8 on swing attempts, while McCalla notched four kills in the second frame. St. John’s fell behind early in the frame, 12-7, and the Seawolves took control of the rest of the set for a 25-17 triumph, the largest margin of victory in a set for the match. Three different Johnnies tallied three kills in Cast, McCalla and Wagner, but Stony Brook hit at a .333 clip in the stanza.

Looking to tie the match and send it into a fifth set, the Red Storm opened the fourth frame on a 9-1 run, but the Seawolves rallied to even the match 13. From there, the Red Storm regained the lead with three-straight points when the score was tied at 17 on a pair of kills by Cast and a point from Di Maulo. The Johnnies finished off the fourth set on a 5-3 run to tie the match and play in their second fifth set match of the year.

In an exciting and thrilling final set, Stony Brook started off with a 5-2 lead, before the Red Storm evened the match at seven and then again at 11. At 13-all, Moss recorded a huge solo block to give St. John’s the lead, but Stony Brook won the next point to tie it at 14. Each team went back-and-forth with points until the score was tied at 17, when the Seawolves won the next two points to win 19-17 and the match, 3-2.

St. John’s finishes non-conference action with eight victories and two non-league tournament titles, before heading into conference play.

The Red Storm will begin BIG EAST play this weekend when the squad heads to the Midwest to face DePaul on Friday, Sept. 22 and the following the day the Johnnies will take on Marquette to close out its road trip.

 

 

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