Nov. 3, 2017
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WASHINGTON – Opening up its final road trip of the regular season, the St. John’s volleyball team picked up its ninth consecutive triumph over BIG EAST foe Georgetown with a 3-0 (28-26, 25-23, 25-19) victory on Friday night at McDonough Arena.
The Red Storm (14-15, 6-8 BIG EAST) played solid on the offensive end with a .283 hitting percentage led by the sophomore Hanna Wagner posting eight kills on 10 swings at a .700 clip. Wagner continued her efficient play on Friday night to increase her attacking percentage to .367 on the year, which ranks inside the top eight in the conference. With a game-high 17 kills, Julia Cast now has 410 kills on the season and also aided in the team’s strong defensive performance with three blocks.
Erica Di Maulo was terrific in every facet of the game with 33 assists, four service aces and four blocks to orchestrate the offense against the Hoyas (7-18, 1-12 BIG EAST). As a team, the Johnnies notched seven aces and out blocked the Hoyas eight to six.
Freshman Jordan McCalla led the team in digs with 11 and tacked on four kills, while Amanda Sanabia recorded 10 digs to give the sophomore 10-straight matches of double-digit digs. Danisha Moss registered four blocks and finished with six kills at a .308 clip. Delaney D’Amore and Lexie Lobdell combined for nine digs and the veteran D’Amore now owns 984 digs in her stellar career.
The long time conference rivals opened the match splitting points with the score even at nine, until each school exchanged a pair of runs. The Red Storm then won three-straight points followed by the Hoyas taking five of the next seven to put the score at 14 apiece. After Georgetown took an 18-16 lead the Johnnies climbed back to win six of the next seven on a pair of aces by Wood to take a 22-19 advantage. Both teams exchanged points to bring the score to 26-all, but an error by the Hoyas and an ace by Wagner gave the Red Storm a thrilling 28-26 triumph. Cast connected on three kills and Lobdell led the charge on the back line with four digs in the opening stanza.
The next set, Georgetown opened up a 4-1 lead and then stretched it to 12-9, but the Johnnies stormed back once again. Down 17-15, St. John’s unleashed four consecutive points to take a 19-17 advantage. From there, the Red Storm held off the Hoyas with the score even at 22 to win three of the final four points on two blocks and a kill by Moss. The Johnnies dominated the front of the net in the stanza with 4.5 blocks and hit at a .259 clip.
Looking for the sweep, the Red Storm started the third stanza with a 7-3 lead, until the Hoyas went on an 8-4 run to even the frame at 11 and then again at 15. The Red Storm stepped up its play to take a 23-18 lead after a kill by Cast. At 23-19, Di Maulo came up clutch with back-to-back aces to give her squad the sweep over the Hoyas to open up the month of November. Cast erupted in the final set of the night with nine kills and Di Maulo dished out 15 assists.
St. John’s closes out its final regular season home match tomorrow at Villanova with first serve slated for 7 p.m. at the Jake Nevin Field House.