STJ Volleyball: A Championship Tradition

 

2000 - In 2000, Persico guided the Red Storm to a 25-8 overall record and a 7-4 BIG EAST mark. Olga Roudovski became St. John's first All-BIG EAST first team honoree in addition to being named to the All-Northeast Region team, while Robyn Kurasaki was honored as both the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and Northeast Region Freshman of the Year.

2003 - During the 2003 season, the Red Storm set a then single-season mark for wins with a 26-9 overall record. Jackie Ahlers became the first Red Storm player to earn national recognition as an All-American honorable mention.

2004 - The 2004 Red Storm took home two in-season tournament titles, and collected the 200th win in program history with a 3-1 triumph over Iona.

2005 - The 2005 squad put together one of the top four strongest campaigns in program history. Finishing 23-9 overall, and 9-5 in conference action, finished regionally ranked by the AVCA. The team posted one of the greatest turnarounds in program and conference history, improving from its 15-16 overall record and 1-9 BIG EAST mark in 2004.

2006 - St. John’s went 31-5, including a perfect 14-0 in Big East Conference play, finishing the season as BIG EAST Regular Season Champs. The Red Storm went on to advance to the second round of the N.C.A.A. tournament.

2007 -The Red Storm celebrated its most decorated season in 2007 as Persico led the team to a program-best 33-4 record along with a 13-1 in conference record, and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal round (NCAA “Final Sixteen”). STJ finished the season with a No. 13 ranking in the final CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Hui Ping Huang became St. John's first BIG EAST Player of the Year. The squad also captured its first BIG EAST Tournament title by sweeping Louisville on national television, 3-0, in the championship match and for the second straight year, St. John's finished atop the BIG EAST regular season standings. Also during the year, the team picked up its first win over a ranked opponent when it defeated then-No. 24 Long Beach State at Carnesecca Arena on Sept. 1, 2007. In 2007, St. John’s represented the United States as the first American team to play in the Vietnam Television (VTV) International Women’s Volleyball Cup. The team finished as Vietnam Cup Finalists.


 

 

2008 - The team went 22-9 throughout the season, and went 12-2 in BIG EAST play. The Red Storm finished as BIG EAST Regular Season Co-Champions. Wioleta Leszczynska earned BIG EAST Player of the Year.

Head Coach Joanne Persico has coached throughout the decade:

- 1 AVCA All America Third Team Selection

- 10 AVCA All America Honorable Mention Selections.

- 1 Collegiate Volleyball Update National Setter of the Year Honorable Mention Selection.

- 1 Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week Selection.

- 2 National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) All American selections.

- 3 AVCA Northeast Region All American selections.

- 2 AVCA Northeast Region Freshman of the year.

- 10 AVCA Northeast Region First Team selections.

- 2 BIG EAST Player of the Year selections.

- 3 BIG EAST Libero of the Year selections.

- 1 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year selection.

- 1 All-BIG EAST Rookie Team selection.

- 1 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection.

- 1 Verizon Academic All-District Second Team selection.

- 1 ESPN Academic All-District First Team selection.

- 2 Aeropostale/BIG EAST St. John’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year selections.

- 7 All-BIG EAST Second Team selections.

- 12 All-BIG EAST First Team selections.

Coach Persico was awarded Collegiate Volleyball Update National Coach of the Year twice this decade. She was also awarded the BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 2006. She is the third-longest tenured head coach in the conference.

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