Sept. 15, 2008
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John’s volleyball team will play host to the Pride of Hofstra University Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the 7th annual Queens/Nassau Cup. The contest will be the home opener for the Red Storm (5-5) and its first ever competition at St. John’s Taffner Field House, the squad’s temporary home during the nearly-completed renovations to Carnesecca Arena.
Tuesday’s match will be broadcasted live on RedStormSports.com as part of the Stormtracker All-Access presented by Allstate, with commentary from St. John’s own Ralph Bednarczyk. In addition, live stats will be available via St. John’s GameTracker.
Where They Fare
In the BIG EAST:
Scouting the Pride
Hofstra’s first-year head coach Kristina Hernandez has led the Pride to a 4-5 record thus far in 2008 and the team is coming of a 2-1 weekend at the Yale Invitational. There, the Pride picked up victories over Colgate and Boston College, but fell to the Bulldogs of Yale in the last match of the invite.
Key contributors for Hofstra have been junior Harmonie Calinda (3.50 kills per set, 2.68 digs per set), junior Chrissey Cruz (9.34 assists per set, 2.97 dps) and sophomore Jenna Connell (3.55 dps).
In 2007, the Pride compiled a 19-12 record and finished in third place in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 9-5 league mark.
Tuesday’s matchup will be the 15th meeting all-time between the two schools, as the series is tied 7-7. The Red Storm has won the last three meetings over the Pride, the last being a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 11, 2007.
The Red Storm will travel to Brooklyn for its final preseason tournament of the season at the Blackbird Invitational, hosted by Long Island University. On Friday, Sept. 19, St. John’s will take on Howard at 4 p.m. The next day, the Red Storm will square off against Houston Baptist at Noon before closing play at the invite against host LIU, at 5 p.m.