Oct. 28, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - After four-straight conference road matches, the St. John's volleyball team returned to the Carnesecca Arena floor for the first time in 26 days, but was defeated by a scrappy DePaul squad, 3-0 (21-25, 20-25, 17-25), on Friday night in BIG EAST action. The Red Storm struggled to get things going in the match, but was led offensively by senior Darlene Ramdin and defensively by sophomore Korina Yee.
St. John's is now 10-16 overall, including a 1-8 mark in BIG EAST play, while the Blue Demons improve to 6-18 overall and 2-8 in conference play. With the win, DePaul closes the all-time series gap to 6-2 in favor of STJ and snaps a two-match losing streak in the series.
Ramdin recorded double-digit kills for the seventh-straight match and 18th time this season as she finished with a team-high 11 on the night. Senior right side hitter Paulina Piegza led STJ with an even .300 hitting percentage, marking her fifth-straight match hitting at a .300 clip or higher. Piegza recorded seven kills and contributed five blocks to the Red Storm's defensive effort, while Yee led the STJ defense with 13 digs.
The Blue Demons were paced by freshman outside hitter Amy Lanski, who tallied a match-high 13 kills on the night. At the net, DePaul picked up seven blocks from sophomore middle blocker Natalie Rizzo and junior libero Kelsey Bowler added a team-high 11 digs.
The opening set consisted of five ties, but the Red Storm was never able to take the lead in the frame as DePaul's accuracy led to a 25-21 opening frame win. The Blue Demons hit .344 in the set, committing just four errors on 32 attempts and adding three service aces to take the early 1-0 lead in the match. Both Lanski and junior middle blocker Rachel Aumann picked up four kills for DPU, while Ramdin notched four of her own for STJ.
A Lanski attacking error gave the Red Storm a 1-0 lead to start the second set, its only lead of the match, but the Blue Demons came charging back to go on an 8-2 run to take an 8-3 advantage in the frame. STJ would cut the deficit to just three points at 11-8 and 16-13, but three-straight Red Storm errors gave DPU a 20-13 lead. St. John's responded with three in a row to cut the lead to 20-16, but the squads traded points to conclude the set with the Blue Demons notching a 25-20 win to go into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Ramdin registered five kills and hit .625 in the third frame, but the Blue Demons used runs of 6-0, 5-1 and two of 4-0 to cruise to a 25-17 victory in the deciding set to sweep the match. Lanski led the way with four third-set kills.
St. John's continues its four-match homestand when it welcomes Notre Dame (12-8, 4-3) to Carnesecca Arena on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Irish holds a 15-3 all-time advantage in the series and have won three straight against STJ. The match is slated for a 2 p.m. start.