St. John’s Defeats DePaul, 3-1, in Dig for the Cure Match

Oct. 28, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. – After splitting the first two sets on Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena, the Red Storm volleyball team cruised to win the next two frames of the match for a 3-1 victory over DePaul in our annual Dig for the Cure Match.

“I am really proud of my group and I thought they had a really nice effort in the third set,” said Head Coach Joanne Persico. “Julia Cast was outstanding today with 20 kills and we had a balanced attack as Kayley Wood was terrific. We had a good team effort and of course our setter makes it all happen.”

The offense was firing on all cylinders against the Blue Demons as the Johnnies hit at a season-high .391 hitting percentage, including 20 kills by Cast. For the sixth-time this season, Cast reached the 20-kill mark and also hit at a .362 clip for the match. The freshman Wood exploded for 12 kills on a career-high .524 hitting percentage, while also finishing with three blocks.

Defensively, the Johnnies (13-15, 5-8 BIG EAST) held the Blue Demons (8-17, 2-11 BIG EAST) to a .217 attacking percentage and delivered 11 blocks compared to five for DePaul. Hanna Wagner led all players with five blocks and tallied eight kills on a .500 clip. The sophomore from Germany now has over 100 blocks for the season. Currently ranked second in program history in career blocks, Danisha Moss recorded four rejections and played stellar on the offensive end as well with 11 kills at a .400 clip. The Blue Demons were led by Caitlyn Coffey’s 15 kills at a .737 hitting percentage.

A 2017 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Erica Di Maulo continued to fill up the stat sheet with a match-high 47 assists, with seven digs and four blocks. The sophomore setter conducted an offense that featured three players with at least 11 or more kills and now has over 1,000 assists for the second-straight year. For the ninth-straight match, Amanda Sanabia tallied double-digit digs with 19 and just missed her first-career double-double with nine helpers.

Newcomer Jordan McCalla played solid on both ends of the court with nine digs and seven kills, while Delaney D’Amore and Lexie Lobdell combined for 13 digs in the 3-1 victory over DePaul to split the season series.

After falling behind 11-7 early in the first frame of the afternoon, the Red Storm got it going on a huge 15-4 run to force the Blue Demons to issue its final timeout of the stanza. The Johnnies then closed out the set by taking three of the final four points following a solo block by McCalla to win the frame, 25-16. St. John’s dominated the offensive end with a .520 hitting percentage with six kills on eight swings by Cast. Moss also delivered two of the team’s four blocks in the stanza.

For the second-straight set, DePaul got off to a quick start with a 12-8 lead, until the Red Storm cut the deficit to 17-15. The Johnnies looked to climb back to take the lead, but the Blue Demons held off St. John’s to win the set, 25-20, to tie the match at one set apiece. DePaul hit at a .615 clip in the second set led by five kills by Rachel Breault.

Each school spilt the first 10 points of the third stanza and from there the Red Storm erupted for a 17-2 run, its largest of the season, as Wood connected on three kills during the tremendous run. St. John’s finished off the set with a 25-14 triumph with six different players each picking up a kill. Di Maulo dished out 10 assists and D’Amore collected five digs during the stanza.

Looking for its fifth conference victory of the 2017 season the score was even at 10 and then went to 15-13 for the Johnnies following double block by Moss and Di Maulo. The Blue Demons cut the lead to 20-19, until the Red Storm unleashed another huge run to win the final five points of the match on three kills and two attack errors for a 25-19 victory. The Red Storm picked up its sixth win in Carnesecca Arena this season and moved to 14-6 all-time against the Blue Demons.

St. John’s hits the road for the final time of the 2017 regular season when the Red Storm travels to Georgetown and Villanova next weekend.




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