St. John’s to Host Villanova on Wednesday Night

Oct. 3, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. John’s volleyball team will continue its three-match homestand as the Red Storm welcomes Villanova to Queens on Wednesday night with first serve slated for 7 p.m. The match between the BIG EAST foes will be aired on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Joe Chojnacki on the call.

St. John’s enters play on Wednesday night with an 9-10 overall record and picked up its first conference victory of the season last Friday as the Red Storm rolled to a sweep over the previously undefeated in conference play, Providence Friars. For the 14th time this season, Julia Cast reached the double-digit kill plateau with 16 kills and hit at a .406 clip in the straight-set victory over the Friars. Kayley Wood recorded 10 kills and Erica Di Maulo dished out 34 assists and tacked on eight digs to help the Johnnies notch their first BIG EAST triumph of the season.

Wrapping up its first home weekend of league play, the Red Storm fell to the three-time defending regular season and BIG EAST tournament champions, No. 14 Creighton. Hanna Wagner registered six kills on 10 swings to improve her hitting percentage to .385 on the season, good for second-best in the BIG EAST. With two more blocks against the Bluejays, Danisha Moss moved into second place all-time in Red Storm history for career blocks with 399. Leading the back line, Delaney D’Amore collected 12 or more digs for the fourth time in the past five games against Creighton, as the senior sits in eighth in the conference in digs per set.

Using its tremendous size, the Red Storm has controlled the front of the net this season as the squad ranks second in the BIG EAST with 2.61 blocks per set and has out blocked its opponent in a match 12 times this year. The Toronto product, Moss leads the charge with 88 blocks, including 22 solo rejections, while Wagner averages over a block per set and has 70 on the season.

On the offensive side of the ball, Di Maulo averages 10.24 assists per set for a team that boasts five players with at least 100 kills. Cast, a senior from Westbury, N.Y., posts over four kills per set, which places the veteran second in the BIG EAST, and owns 270 kills.

After dropping its first two matches of league play, Villanova cruised to a pair of sweeps over Midwest foes Xavier and Butler last weekend to improve its overall record to 9-6 and 2-2 in conference action. One of only two seniors on the squad, Allie Loitz registered 30 kills and seven aces in the two matches combined and tops the Wildcats with 3.51 kills per set. Sophomore libero Regan Lough averages 4.02 digs per set, sixth best in the conference, and also leads Villanova with 18 aces on the season. The Wildcats sit in the middle of the pack in the major statistical categories in the BIG EAST, but Villanova struggles to block opponents as the team ranks last in the league with 1.43 blocks per set. Despite, being 5-1 at home, Villanova holds a 1-4 record in matches played away from Jake Nevin Field House with the lone win coming against Virginia on Aug. 26. This will be the 30th career match between the long time BIG EAST rivals as the Wildcats are 17-12 all-time against the Red Storm in a series dating back to 1994.

The Last Meeting
Villanova3
St. John's2
November 4, 2016
Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)
St. John’s Edged by Villanova in Five Sets
After falling behind 2-1 the St. John’s volleyball team came back to win the fourth-set to even the match, but came up short in the final set as the Villanova Wildcats knocked off the Red Storm, 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-7) on Friday night.


 

 

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