Delaney D'Amore reached the 1,000 dig mark against Seton Hall.
Nov. 11, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Coming into the crucial BIG EAST match, the Red Storm volleyball team won three-straight, including back-to-back sweeps, but fell to Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon in four tightly contested sets.
St. John’s (15-16, 7-9 BIG EAST) tallied 11 blocks compared to nine for the Pirates (16-13, 10-6 BIG EAST) and registered 73 digs to Seton Hall’s 64, but the Pirates hit at a .267 clip and had five different players record 10 or more kills in the win.
Despite the setback, Delaney D’Amore collected 17 digs to give the senior 1,005 in her stellar Red Storm career. The reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week, Kayley Wood posted another terrific performance with 14 kills, five digs, two blocks and two service aces.
For the sixth-time during her senior campaign, Julia Cast reached the 20-kill mark on 21 kills against Seton Hall, while Erica Di Maulo dished out 55 assists, her third-highest of the season. Danisha Moss led the Red Storm in the front of the net with a game-high six blocks and also hit at a .450 clip on 10 kills.
The newcomer Jordan McCalla just missed her fourth-career double-double with 15 digs to tie a career-high and nine kills. Amanda Sanabia stretched her streak to 12-straight games of 10 or more digs with 24 to come up just short of her career-high of 25 in a five-set win over Xavier earlier this season. The opening set of the match was the closest of the afternoon and began with the Pirates taking a 15-12 lead.
The Red Storm then exploded for a 10-5 run, which featured three blocks by four different players. After the 22-20 lead for the Johnnies, each team exchanged points for a tie at 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26, before the Pirates won the next two points for a 28-26 set victory. Cast paced the Red Storm with seven kills at a .455 clip and the Johnnies registered five blocks in the first stanza.
The next set, St. John’s fell behind 9-5 and issued its first timeout before storming out in front to a 17-14 lead by winning 12 of the next 17 points. The Pirates regained the lead on four-straight points, but once against the Red Storm fought hard to close out the set on an 8-4 run to even the match with a 25-22 win. Wood and Hanna Wagner each tallied four kills in the set victory and McCalla collected six digs.
With the score even at one set apiece, the Pirates opened up a 17-9 lead and the Red Storm then went on an 8-3 run to force Seton Hall to call its first timeout. The young Johnnies rallied to tie the frame up at 21, despite trailing by as many as eight, but the Pirates won four of the final points to win the set, 25-22.
In the final set of the afternoon, the score was even at 10, until Seton Hall took the lead and the Red Storm cut it to 14-13, before the Pirates stretched their lead to 20-15. After Cast registered her seventh kill of the set to cut it to 24-21, a kill by Haylee Gasser gave the Pirates a 3-1 victory.
St. John’s will close out its 2017 regular season next weekend with a matchup against Xavier on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena and will be aired on the BIG EAST Digital Network. The following day, the Johnnies take on Butler at 5 p.m. and this showdown will be our “Senior Night” where our three seniors will be honored on the court prior to the match.