Oct. 10, 2017
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QUEENS, N.Y. – Following a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Xavier on the road, the St. John’s volleyball team will look for its third conference victory of the season as the Red Storm welcomes Georgetown to Carnesecca Arena for a 7 p.m. showdown.
The match between long time BIG EAST rivals will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with Nkwa Asonye and Patrick Dietz on the call.
St. John’s returns to Queens on the heels of a 1-1 Midwest road trip last weekend, which featured a hard-fought 3-1 setback to Butler, who was picked to finish second in the league. The next day, after falling behind 1-0 and then again at 2-1, the Red Storm won the final two sets of the match to knock off Xavier for the first time in program history.
In the matchup with the Bulldogs, Erica Di Maulo shattered her previous career-high of 15 digs with 21 against Butler, while also adding 37 assists, five kills and four blocks as the Johnnies hung tough with the Bulldogs.
Closing out its Midwest road weekend against Xavier, Danisha Moss shined on the offensive end with a career-high 19 kills on an outstanding .424 hitting percentage to help Head Coach Joanne Persico pick up her 450th career victory. The match was neck-and-neck throughout as the winner of four of the five sets clinched the frame by just two points and featured the Red Storm’s first five set triumph of the year. Four different Johnnies tallied 12 or more kills, while seven players set a new career-high in the thrilling comeback victory.
Currently ranked ninth in the NCAA in total assists with 810, Di Maulo distributed a career-best 62 helpers and tacked on 17 digs against the Musketeers to give the sophomore her ninth double-double of the year. The Milan, Italy, native ranks fourth in the league with 10.37 assists per set and already ranks seventh in school history for most assists. Playing libero for both matches last weekend, Amanda Sanabia collected a career-high 25 digs in the win over the Musketeers and places in the top 10 in the conference in digs per set. The sophomore also earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor for the first time in her career for her efforts last week.
One of the most potent offensive players in the nation in 2017, Julia Cast ranks 10th in the country with 315 kills and second in the BIG EAST with 4.04 kills per set. With 19 kills in the matchup with Xavier, Cast moved to 10th all-time in Red Storm history with 989 kills. Kayley Wood has stepped up her game in the most recent conference matches, including a career-best 16 kills last time out and also added three rejections.
Georgetown opened up the 2017 campaign with a 4-1 record, but has really struggled lately with a 1-9 ledger in its last 10 matches. The Hoyas boast a 7-11 overall record and are 1-5 in conference play with their lone league victory coming in five sets over Butler on Sept. 29. A 2017 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Symone Speech leads the Georgetown attack with 3.59 kills per set and a .402 attacking percentage, both good enough for top five in the conference. Paige McKnight averages 9.38 assists per set, while Speech also tops the squad with 58 blocks. The Hoyas rank sixth in the BIG EAST in hitting percentage, but sit at the bottom of the league in opponent hitting percentage, assists, blocks and digs. The Red Storm has won seven-straight tilts with Georgetown and owns an 18-9 overall record when facing the Hoyas.
The Last Meeting
November 5, 2016
Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)
St. John's Outlasts Georgetown on Senior Night, 3-2.
Playing in its second-consecutive five set match, the St. John's volleyball team was victorious on Senior Night, 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 25-23, 17-25, 15-12) behind 16 kills by Julia Cast and nine blocks by Danisha Moss.