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St. John's Volleyball Hosts Villanova And Seton Hall This Weekend

Senior Lena Yee
Senior Lena Yee

Oct. 31, 2008

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    QUEENS, N.Y. - Saturday, Nov. 1 - vs. Villanova (2 p.m.)

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    Sunday, Nov. 2 - vs. Seton Hall (2 p.m.)

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    The St. John's volleyball team returns home this weekend to play Villanova and Seton Hall in BIG EAST action. The Red Storm will take on the Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 1, before squaring off against the Pirates on Sunday, Nov. 2. Both matches are slated for a 2 p.m. start at the newly-renovated Carnesecca Arena.

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  • Riding a five-match winning streak, the Red Storm enters this weekend's action with a 16-7 overall record. STJ has won 11 of its last 12 matches and now sits alone atop the BIG EAST Conference with a 7-1 league record.

  • St. John's most recently defeated West Virginia and Pittsburgh on the road to regain first place in the conference. Both matches were 3-0 sweeps. Senior Valeria Kovaleva registered a double-double in each match, while classmate Wioleta Leszczynska earned 66 assists on the weekend.


  • For the second straight week, Leszczynska earned a spot on the BIG EAST Volleyball Honor Roll, announced by the conference on Monday. Leszczynska led all players with 36 assists, while chipping in nine digs and three kills last Friday against the Mountaineers. The senior also had a .333 hitting percentage and one block. On Sunday against the Panthers, she tallied 30 assists, while contributing seven digs, three blocks and two kills.

  • The Red Storm has not lost a match on its home court in Carnesecca Arena since Oct. 23, 2005, going 25-0 since then. St. John's did, however, lose to Hofstra earlier this season at its temporary home in Taffner Field House.

  • Since the 2006 season, St. John's has posted a 34-2 record in regular season BIG EAST Conference matches. The .944 winning percentage is the highest mark among all 15 teams in the league.

  • STJ has won its last three matches against both Villanova and Seton Hall dating back to the 2005 season.

  • The Red Storm has posted a 3-4 record against the Wildcats in home contests and has a 3-5 mark against the Pirates at Carnesecca Arena.

    Yee Closing In On 2,000 Career Digs
    After becoming the Red Storm's all-time career digs leader earlier in the season against Missouri, senior Lena Yee is closing in on her 2,000th career dig. The libero currently sits just 38 digs shy with 1,962 thus far in her four-year career at St. John's.

    Where They Fare
    In The Nation:

  • St. John's currently ranks tenth in the NCAA with 13.32 assists per set, led by Leszczynska, whose 11.57 assists per set currently ranks ninth among all setters in the country.
  • The Red Storm ranks 15th in the nation with 14.14 kills per set, and is 61st with 15.46 digs per set.
    In The BIG EAST (Overall):
  • STJ ranks first among all conference schools with 13.32 assists per set, 14.14 kills per set, and in holding opponents to a .163 hitting percentage.
  • The Red Storm checks in at second in the BIG EAST in digs per set (15.46).
  • Leszczysnka's 11.57 assists per set leads all setters in the BIG EAST.
  • Seniors Yee and Kovaleva are both listed among conference leaders in digs per set: Yee has registered 4.16, which is good for third in the BIG EAST, while Kovaleva's 3.80 checks in at ninth.
    In The BIG EAST (Conference Matches Only):
  • The Red Storm is fifth in the BIG EAST with 1.40 service aces per set.
  • Senior Casie Brooks ranks fifth in the conference with a .352 hitting percentage.
  • Freshman Darlene Ramdin is tied for eighth in the BIG EAST with 0.33 services aces per set.

    Scouting The Wildcats
    Villanova enters this weekend's action with a 13-11 overall record (4-4 BIG EAST) and is coming off a weekend where the squad picked up a big 3-2 victory at Notre Dame, before closing out with a 3-1 win at DePaul.

    Leading the Wildcats so far in 2008 has been senior Dana Tartazky with 3.67 kills per set and freshman Kim Maroon with 3.88 digs per set. Junior Chelsea Graman has recorded a team-high 10.68 assists per set.

    This will be the 16th meeting all-time between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1994. The Wildcats hold a 9-7 lead in the series, but the Red Storm won the last three meeting, including last year's 3-0 sweep (30-23, 30-26, 30-28) at Villanova.

    Scouting The Pirates
    Seton Hall enters the weekend's action with a 12-11 overall record (4-4 BIG EAST) and most recently went 1-1 last weekend. The Pirates swept DePaul on Saturday, before being swept by Notre Dame on Sunday.

    Sophomore Sarah Osmun leads Seton Hall with 3.16 kills per set, while senior Brittany Rahrer has a team-high 9.40 assists per set and is looking to break SHU's all-time career assists record this weekend, she needs 49 assists. The Pirates' defense is led by junior Allie Matters, whose 5.09 digs per set ranks first in the BIG EAST.

    Sunday's match will be the 15th all-time between the Red Storm and Seton Hall as the teams have met each year since 1994. The Red Storm holds the edge in the series, 8-6, and has won the past three meetings, including last year's 3-0 sweep (30-18, 30-16, 30-23) in South Orange, N.J.

    On Deck
    The Red Storm returns to action on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. when the team plays host to the USF Bulls. On Sunday, Nov. 9, St. John's will celebrate Senior Day with a pre-match ceremony before the Red Storm takes on the Georgetown Hoyas at 2 p.m. Both matches will be played at Carnesecca Arena.

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