Danisha Moss picked up her 400th career block vs. Villanova
Oct. 4, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Opening up its month of October at Carnesecca Arena, the St. John’s volleyball team fell in a tightly contested match as Villanova defeated the Red Storm, 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-23), as Danisha Moss notched her 400th career block.
Facing its fourth top 75 RPI team of the 2017 campaign, the Red Storm (9-11, 1-4 BIG EAST) collected 40 digs compared to the Wildcats’ 37, but Villanova (10-6, 3-2 BIG EAST) tallied 14 blocks and hit at a .287 clip to pick up its third-straight victory.
After breaking the program record for blocks in a season in 2016, Moss recorded her 400th block of the Toronto native’s career in the second set of the match and currently sits in second all-time for most career blocks in Red Storm history. An offensive force all season for the Johnnies, Julia Cast connected on a match-high 14 kills to give the senior 15 games this season with at least 10 or more kills.
Sitting in second in the BIG EAST in hitting percentage, Hanna Wagner registered nine kills on 13 swings for a stellar .538 attacking percentage. Kayley Wood and Lexie Lobdell each tallied five kills and five digs apiece, while Erica Di Maulo distributed 35 assists. Delaney D’Amore led all players with 13 digs, while Amanda Sanabia just trailed the senior with 11 of her own.
Villanova won the first set of the night in wire-to-wire fashion with a 25-18 set victory, despite Moss picking up four of her five kills in the opening frame. Sanabia added five digs in the stanza, but the Wildcats recorded five blocks and Allie Loitz tallied four kills.
The Red Storm jumped out to an 11-8 lead in the second set, following a kill by Cast leading to a Villanova timeout. St. John’s expanded its lead to 15-11, but Villanova came back to take a 20-18 lead. After back-and-forth action with each program exchanging points, the score was even at 24, until back-to-back kills by Mallory Potts gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead in the match. Wagner, a sophomore from Germany, was perfect in the second stanza with seven kills on seven swings.
For the second consecutive set, St. John’s was up early on Villanova with a 13-10 advantage and then an 18-13 lead. The Wildcats went on a 9-2 run to take 22-20 lead, before closing out the set with a 25-23 victory on three-straight points. D’Amore collected eight digs in the frame and Cast notched six kills.
Next up, the Red Storm will travel to the Midwest for a pair of conference matches, beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. against Butler. The next day, the Johnnies will head to Cincinnati to face Xavier at the Cintas Center with first serve slated for 6 p.m.