Red Storm Volleyball Secures BIG EAST Tournament Berth|
Nov. 11, 2005
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John's women's volleyball team served up a 3-0 (30-12, 30-21 and 30-19) win over West Virginia Friday night at Carnesecca Arena. The victory gives the Red Storm the edge it needs to secure a place in the BIG EAST Tournament as well as its 19th three game sweep of the season. St. John's improves to 22-8, 8-5 in the BIG EAST while West Virginia falls to 16-12, 4-9 in the conference.
Patti Hardiman (Honolulu, Hawaii) lead the Red Storm with a no error .519 hitting percentage as she picked up her seventh double-double of the season (14 kills, 10 digs). Hui Ping Huang (The Republic of China) also recorded up a double-double (16 kills, 14 digs), her sixth of the season. Shameka Mitchell (Lakeland, Fla.) scored a match high 18 kills, while Casie Brooks (Victorville, Calif.) notched another 52 assists. St. John's out hit WVU .389 to .140 while grabbing only 9 attacking errors to West Virginia's 19.
The Red Storm took control of the board early in game one with back to back 5-0 runs. Huang gave St. John's a double-digit lead over West Virginia at 20-9 and the Red Storm held onto the lead for the remainder of the game. WVU's Julie Hockenson tried to close the gap but her efforts were not enough as St. John's more than doubled the score and took the game at 30-12.
The Mountaineers answered back at the start of game two with a 5-1 lead, but the Red Storm quickly tied the game at eight will kills from Huang, Anicia Wood (Wotton Terrace, Barbados) and LaToya Blunt (Vacaville, Calif.). Jenna Schweitzer (Bethlehem, Pa.) served an 8-0 run for the Red Storm bringing the score to 17-12. Never trailing again, the Red Storm took the game 30-21 on Mitchell kill off a Brooks set.
Coming out of the break up two games, St. John's took an early lead again but the Mountaineers fought back tying the game at eight. St. John's held strong taking the lead once again, increasing the score to 18-10 on kills from Mitchell and Huang. Brooks and Mitchell connected for the 15th time, to bring the Red Storm to match point at 29-18, but it was Hardiman who closed out the game with a kill off of Brooks, 30-19.
The Mountaineers were lead by Kelly Mullins who recorded 9 kills, hitting .346, while Hockenson put up four total blocks and Kailee Goold recorded 19 assists.
The Red Storm returns to action in its final regular season game Saturday, Nov.12 against the Panthers of Pittsburgh. First serve is at 7 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena on the Queens campus.
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