Nov. 7, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - Junior captain Darlene Ramdin helped keep the St. John’s volleyball team’s postseason hopes alive on Sunday, leading the way as the Red Storm defeated Georgetown, 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21). The match was St. John’s final home contest of the 2010 season and seniors Diana Banya, Kayla Motoyama and Kun Song were all honored prior to the action.
The win, STJ’s third in-a-row, keeps the Red Storm’s postseason hopes alive and improves the team to 18-11 overall and 5-7 in the BIG EAST Conference. STJ hit .333 in the match and had three student-athletes finish with double-figure kills.
Ramdin led the way for STJ, recording a season-high 20 kills in the match and hitting a career-high .643. She committed just two errors in 28 total attempts and added a match-high eight blocks. Ramdin’s eight blocks move her into eighth place in the St. John’s career record books. She now has 271 total blocks, passing current graduate assistant Hui Ping Huang’s mark of 265.
With the loss, Georgetown falls to 15-14 overall and 5-8 in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas were led by seniors Vanessa Dorismond and Kortney Robinson, who both registered 15 kills. Dorismond recorded a .423 hitting percentage and led the team with four blocks.
The Red Storm committed just three attacking errors in the opening set and hit .429 for the frame to win the opener, 25-19, and take a 1-0 lead over the Hoyas. Ramdin hit a perfect 1.000 in the first set, going 4-for-4 on her attempts. Banya also notched four first-set kills.
With the help of six service aces, including three from junior Tory Rezin, the Hoyas slipped past the Red Storm, 25-22, in the second set to level the match at one game apiece.
St. John’s found itself in a 6-1 deficit early in the third set, but battled back with a late six-point run to take a 19-17 lead over the Hoyas. Ramdin sparked the run with two kills and two blocks to lead the Red Storm to a 25-22 victory in the third set and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Junior Alyssa Bennett recorded 15 of her 45 assists in the third set.
Down 19-16 late in the fourth set, Ramdin and the St. John’s volleyball team rallied behind its captain to close the match on a 9-2 run and win the frame, 25-21, over the Hoyas. Ramdin picked up eight kills and a .583 attacking percentage to lead the Red Storm in the fourth.
Lukjanska added seven kills and eight digs for the Red Storm, while freshman Korina Yee picked up eight digs of her own.
The Red Storm will conclude its 2010 regular season with matches at West Virginia and Pittsburgh from Nov. 12-14. STJ will play the Mountaineers on Friday, Nov. 12, before traveling north to face the Panthers on Sunday at 2 p.m.