St. John's Picked To Finish Fifth In BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll

Sophomore Karin Palgutova was named to the BIG EAST Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team.

Aug 27, 2013

QUEENS, N.Y. – The Red Storm was picked to finish fifth in the 2013 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll as announced by the conference office. St. John’s received 36 points in the poll – two less than Seton Hall, which was picked to finish fourth. The top four teams in the final regular season standings will participate in the BIG EAST Championship, which will be hosted by Creighton from Nov. 29-30.

Sophomore outside hitter Karin Palgutova was selected to the 2013 BIG EAST Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team. After receiving First Team All-BIG EAST honors in 2012, Palgutova became one of just two sophomores to make this year’s Preseason team. Last season, Palgutova led the Red Storm with 382 kills and a 3.35 kills per set average. She also led the BIG EAST and placed eighth in the NCAA with a 0.46 aces per set average. Her 53 service aces in 2012 are the second-highest season total in St. John’s history.

Palgutova is one of 12 players returning from last season’s team that went 20-12 and made the BIG EAST Tournament. The Red Storm returns four starters (Palgutova, Aleksandra Wachowicz, Ashley Boursiquot, and Shawna-Lei Santos) and welcomes seven newcomers.

The 2013 Red Storm roster will feature one senior (Kerri Johnson), four juniors (Boursiquot, Wachowicz, Morgan Thomas, and Yana Vavdiyuk), six sophomores (Palgutova, Santos, Melissa Chin, Deniz Mutlugil, Yaidy Santiago, Amy Zimmer), and eight freshmen (Hope Demel, Briana Guzman, Ali Healy, Mona Karkkainen, Meagan Milligan, Danisha Moss, Nikki Sen, and Artiana Wynder).



The 2013 season begins on Aug. 30 with a doubleheader against Binghamton and Central Connecticut State in the Colgate Classic in Hamilton, N.Y.

2013 BIG EAST Women’s Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll


  1. Creighton (7)                     63
  2. Marquette (2)                    57
  3. Xavier                                50
  4. Seton Hall                          38
  5. St. John’s                           36
  6. Butler                                26
  7. Villanova                           25
  8. DePaul                               16
  9. Georgetown                      13

BIG EAST Preseason Players of the Year

Kelli Browning, Creighton
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette

2013 BIG EAST Women’s Volleyball Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

Erica Stahl, MB, Jr., Butler
*Kelli Browning, MB, Jr., Creighton
*Melanie Jereb, OH, So., Creighton
Leah McNary, OH, Jr., Creighton
*Vesela Zapryanova, OH, Sr. DePaul
*Danielle White, MB, Jr., Georgetown
Lindsey Gosh, OH, Jr., Marquette
*Elizabeth Koberstein, S, Sr., Marquette
Karin Palgutova, OH, So., St. John’s

*Shelby Manthorpe, S, Jr., Seton Hall
*Sarah Brown, OH, Sr., Xavier
*Alex Smith, MB, Sr., Xavier

*denotes unanimous selection
Note: Players were chosen regardless of position.


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