Nov. 4, 2005
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Red Storm women's volleyball team continued its winning streak with a 3-0 (30-27, 30-15, and 30-20) victory over the Wildcats of Villanova Friday night at Nevin Gymnasium. St. John's improves to 21-7 overall and 7-4 in the BIG EAST, while Villanova falls to 19-9 overall, 6-5 in the conference.
Sophomore LaToya Blunt (Vacaville, Calif.) led the Red Storm with a match-high 15 kills on .435 hitting. Shameka Mitchell (Lakeland, Fla.) recorded 12 kills and four total blocks, while Anicia Wood (Wotton Terrace, Barbados) put up six total blocks as well. The Red Storm out hit the Wildcats 25 to 3 percent and more than doubled the Wildcats total team blocks, 10 to 4.
The two teams were evenly matched early in the first game. Villanova took a 8-5 lead after a setting miscommunication by St. John's. But the Red Storm tied the game at nine on a touch kill by Blunt. The Red Storm tied the game at 22-22 after a double contact call on the Wildcats and at 27-27 after a net violation. St. John's won the game after three straight Villanova errors.
The start of the second game was a different story, however, as the Red Storm ran out to a 7-3 lead after a kill off the block on the left side by graduate student Mitchell. Villanova cut St. John's edge to 10-7 after a kill through the net cord by sophomore Kacy Sellers. St. John's stretched its advantage to 16-9 on another Mitchell kill and again to 20-8 on a service ace down the center by junior Patti Hardiman (Honolulu, Hawaii). Villanova had a hard time generating offense in the latter part of the second game, as St. John's took the game 30-15.
St. John's had another strong start to the final game, taking a 13-3 lead on a tipped kill on the right side by freshman Hui Ping Huang (The Republic of China). The Red Storm continued the assault and extended its advantage to 14 points, 22-8, after an attack by Villanova Nova freshman Dana Tartasky landed just outside the left sideline. St. John's didn't let up, moving out to 26-12 on a kill by Mitchell deep on the left side of the court. Villanova saved three game points at the end, getting an off-block kill by Tartasky at 29-18 and capitalizing on two St. John's errors to cut St. John's advantage to 29-20, but a kill in the center of the court by Blunt ended the match 30-20.
Sellers led Villanova with 12 kills, while Jenna Link recorded 20 assists.
The Red Storm returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 6 against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. The game is the last road contest this season for the Red Storm and begins at 2 p.m. at College Ave Gymnasium in New Brunswick, N.J.
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