Sept. 14, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John's volleyball team will compete in the Eighth Annual Queens/Nassau Cup at Hofstra on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The Red Storm has won three of the last four Queens/Nassau Cups, upset a year ago by the Pride in a 3-2 defeat.
Freshman Ashley Asing earned Miami Best Western Invitational All-Tournament team honors for her defensive play, tallying 31 digs on the weekend.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Hofstra faces St. John's with a 2-8 record this season. The Pride is led by senior Monica Kinght who has 134 kills and 105 digs on the season. Hofstra also has a rookie libero in Kylee Maneja, who leads the team in digs with 124.
The Pride captured its first win in 2009 over Stony Brook, 3-2, and won its last outing on Sept. 12 against Texas Southern, 3-0.
HISTORY OF THE QUEENS/NASSAU CUP
The Queens/Nassau Cup began in 2001 in Hempstead, N.Y. The Pride claimed the first three matches of the cup before St. John's came away with victories in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Hofstra won the last meeting between the two, 3-2, in 2008. Despite the loss, three Red Storm players recorded double-doubles in the match: seniors Wioleta Leszczynska, Valeria Kovaleva and Casie Brooks. Brooks registered 15 kills and 11 digs while Leszczysnka had a match-high 57 assists and picked up 10 digs. Kovaleva recorded 14 kills and 12 digs. Kun Song had a team-high 18 kills and senior Lena Yee led all players in the match with 20 digs.
Four of the seven matches in the Queens/Nassau cup have been sweeps, two belonging to each squad. The all-time series between Hofstra and St. John's is knotted at 7-7 and began in 1994, the inaugural year of the Red Storm program.
The Red Storm travels to Ithaca, N.Y. for the Cornell Tournament where it will face Buffalo, Cornell and Colgate on Sept. 18 and 19.
WEEK IN REVIEW
St. John's was upset by Miami (Ohio), Pacific and Troy in the Miami Best Western Invitational, falling to 4-7 on the season.
The Red Storm claimed its first five-set victory of the season over Siena in non-conference action in Taffner Field House on Sept. 8. St. John's dropped the first two sets to the Saints before recovering for the 3-2 win. The victory over the 2008 NCAA Tournament participants returned STJ to .500 and the Red Storm now leads the all-time series, 8-2.
BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS
Sophomore Darlene Ramdin earned STJ Classic All-Tournament team honors for her performance against Boston College, Fordham and Quinnipiac. Ramdin combined for 65 kills in the tournament and went on to receive the first BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades of her career, outscoring the next-highest leader in the conference by 28 points in her first week back on the court for St. John's this fall. Ramdin now ranks No. 1 in the BIG EAST Conference at 5.67 kills per set.
Ramdin's 29 kills against Boston College on Sept. 4 were the most by a member of the Red Storm since Dec. 7, 2007 when Hui Ping Huang tallied 29 against USC in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
RED STORM TAKES HOME PAIR OF WINS IN STJ CLASSIC
St. John's earned two wins in the St. John's Classic on Sept. 4 and 5. The Red Storm made its first sweep of the season over Quinnipiac, 3-0, before downing Fordham in the nightcap, 3-1.
Sophomore Darlene Ramdin notched 29 kills in a 3-1 loss to Boston College and continued the hot-streak with 25 kills against Fordham and 11 versus Quinnipiac, both game-highs. Her performance landed her STJ Classic All-Tournament team honors.
Head coach Joanne Persico notched the 15th win of her career over Fordham as part of the STJ Classic. The Red Storm has a 15-1 all-time series record with the Rams, the only loss coming in 1999 in the Bronx.
Freshman Ashley Asing came up with a game- and career-high 21 digs to lead the Red Storm against Fordham. The rookie earned the starting role this season on defense and has held her own in the back row for St. John's.
Rookie Gabriela Petkova's 55 helpers against the Fordham Rams were the most by a member of the Red Storm this season. Petkova is ranked seventh in the conference in assists per game at 10.27.
ST. JOHN'S NOTCHES FIRST WIN OF 2009 OVER STONY BROOK
Stony Brook claimed the first set, but the Red Storm took over from there, winning the second set, 25-15, the third set, 25-18 and the fourth, 25-22. The match marked sophomore Darlene Ramdin's first of the season after returning from the World Nationals, where she represented Trinidad and Tobago. Ramdin recorded 20 kills, a then career-high. Freshman Gabriela Petkova notched 43 assists in the match and junior Kun Song tallied a game-high 13 digs.
BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES POLL
STJ was picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST conference in 2009 according to the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll. The Red Storm has been chosen in the top five in each of the last four seasons and took home three consecutive BIG EAST regular season titles.
FOLLOW THE RED STORM!
Fans, show your support for the St. John's volleyball team by joining it on Twitter and Facebook! Go to www.RedStormSports.com to take part in all the action as the Red Storm begins its BIG EAST season in 2009.
You can also catch senior Ruisa Scheffel's blog on www.RedStormSports.com to keep up with the team this season. Scheffel and a variety of St. John's student-athletes write to fans each week as part of the Eye of the Storm blog on the official website for St. John's University Athletics.