Amanda Sanabia collected 23 digs for the match.
Oct. 27, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Returning to Carnesecca Arena for the first time in 16 days, the St. John’s volleyball team fell to the Marquette Golden Eagles, 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-14) despite 23 digs by Amanda Sanabia, the most by a BIG EAST player in a three-set match this season.
After being named to the conference’s weekly honor roll just three days ago, Sanabia led the defense of the Red Storm with 23 digs to give the sophomore eight consecutive matches of 11 or more digs.
Julia Cast and Jordan McCalla led the way for St. John’s with eight kills apiece, while the veteran Cast hit at a team-high .444 for the match. Delaney D’Amore added nine digs and the senior now has 971 in her Red Storm career and over 300 digs for the season.
The Golden Eagles, who have made six-straight NCAA Tournaments, hit at a .301 clip for the evening and held the Johnnies attack to a .095 hitting percentage to move to 10-2 in BIG EAST play and 16-7 overall. Allie Barber notched 11 kills and Lauren Speckman distributed 28 assists for Marquette.
The Red Storm opened up a 5-3 lead in the first frame, but the Golden Eagles went on a 13-5 run to take a 16-10 advantage. St. John’s cut the deficit to 21-19 after three-straight points, but Marquette won the final four points of the opening stanza for a 25-19 victory. Sanabia tallied 11 of her 23 digs in the first set alone.
Marquette jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the next set until the Red Storm erupted to win six of the next seven points to even the frame and the Golden Eagles issued their first timeout of the stanza. From there, Marquette controlled the rest of the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-15 triumph. McCalla, a freshman from Grapevine, Texas, recorded four kills in the second frame.
The last set of the night featured the Red Storm down early, before climbing back to within two points at 7-5. The Golden Eagles held off the Johnnies the rest of the set to take a 25-14 set win, despite four kills by Cast.
The Red Storm returns to action tomorrow against DePaul for its annual Dig for a Cure match at 4 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena and will be aired on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Fans can also make donations at the marketing table with all proceeds going to the Making Strikes Against Breast Cancer Foundation.