Nov. 18, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – For the second-straight night, the St. John’s volleyball team fell behind two sets to one, but rallied back to send the match to a decisive fifth frame before falling to Butler, 3-2 (28-26, 14-25, 23-25, 25-21, 12-15) at Carnesecca Arena on Senior Night.
Saturday night’s match featured the final game of three stellar Red Storm student-athletes in Delaney D’Amore, Danisha Moss, and Julia Cast, who were all honored prior to the contest in a pregame ceremony.
Despite five different Johnnies tallying 10 or more kills and four players securing double-digit digs, including a career-high 27 by Amanda Sanabia, the Bulldogs, who have clinched a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament, hit at a .290 clip and just out blocked the Johnnies, 12-11, to edge the Red Storm in a thrilling five-set match.
The freshman Jordan McCalla wrapped up her rookie campaign with her fourth double-double of the season on 13 kills and 11 digs with a terrific .407 hitting percentage. Classmate Kayley Wood registered 13 kills at .320 clip, while playing in her final game in the red and white, Moss recorded 14 kills and four blocks. The Toronto native finished her career with 455 rejections, ranking her second all-time in Red Storm history.
The conductor of the offense for St. John’s (15-18, 7-11 BIG EAST), Erica Di Maulo distributed 58 assists and 11 digs for her 14th double-double of the year and the sophomore’s second-straight. After two outstanding seasons as the orchestrator for St. John’s offense, the Milan, Italy, native has dished out 2,415 helpers which already places her fifth all-time in program history. The senior cast finished with 17 kills and 480 for the year, seventh-best in school history, while classmate D’Amore collected 12 digs as they both played in their final match as a member of the Red Storm.
Hanna Wagner posted a solid all-around match for the Johnnies with 10 kills at .381 clip, a career-high eight digs and tallied a team-high five blocks. For the season, the sophomore hit at a .356 attacking percentage, the third-highest in the 23-year program of St. John’s volleyball. Lexie Lobdell performed solid at the service line to tie a career-high three aces. Brooke Gregory of Butler (22-7, 13-5 BIG EAST) led the Bulldogs with 18 kills and 11 digs in the victory and finished the season in third place in the BIG EAST standings.
The opening set was the longest of the night and began with the Red Storm uncorking a 14-9 lead after back-to-back kills by Wagner to force Butler to call a timeout. The Bulldogs rallied to take a 19-17 advantage and Head Coach Joanne Persico then issued a timeout, but after the break the Johnnies fell behind, 23-20. The Red Storm then won four consecutive points and after each team exchanged kills to make it 26-all, Moss put down a kill and then Di Maulo and Moss teamed up for the block to give St. John’s a 28-26 set victory. Di Maulo dished out 14 assists, Wagner posted four kills on five swings and Sanabia collected seven digs in the first stanza.
Despite five kills on six swings from Moss in the second set, Butler controlled the frame throughout on a .483 hitting percentage for a 25-14 win to even the match.
In the third set, the Red Storm jumped out to a 7-3 lead after the kill by Wagner and then took a 20-16 advantage followed by a kill from Cast. Butler climbed back to even the match at 21 and then again at 22, before winning three of the next four points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Looking to even the match up, the Johnnies and the Bulldogs were even at nine, until the Red Storm reeled off a 6-2 run on a pair of kills from Wood. Butler tied the frame up at 20, and then St. John’s closed out the stanza winning five of the next six points for a 25-21 win.
For the second-straight night, the Johnnies were heading into a fifth set and had a 9-6 lead, but the Bulldogs fought to even the last set at 12, before winning three of the next four points for a 15-13 triumph and a 3-2 victory.