Nov. 2, 2017
• Match Notes
• Watch (Georgetown Match)
• Live Stats (Georgetown Match)
• Watch (Villanova Match)
• Live Stats (Villanova Match)
QUEENS, N.Y. – For the final time of the 2017 regular season, the St. John’s volleyball team will hit the road this weekend when the Red Storm heads to the nation’s capital for a matchup with Georgetown on Friday and the following day the Johnnies will square off with Villanova.
The conference tilt with the Hoyas is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday night, while the showdown with the Wildcats will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Jake Nevin Field House.Both BIG EAST matches can be watched on each school’s respective website with a paid subscription.
Last time out, St. John’s (13-15, 5-8 BIG EAST) notched a four-set victory over the Blue Demons to split the season-series with DePaul behind its most impressive offensive performance of the season. The Red Storm hit at a season-high .391 clip as five different players registered a hitting percentage of .360 or better. Julia Cast, who ranks in the top 15 in the nation in total kills with 393, delivered another huge offensive output against DePaul with 20 kills to give the senior her sixth 20-plus kill performance of the year. Despite facing tough BIG EAST competition, Kayley Wood has stepped up her game in league play, including 12 kills on a season-high .521 clip with just one error in the triumph over DePaul. In conference action, the rookie Wood ranks second on the team with 2.30 kills per set, good for second-best among freshmen in BIG EAST contests.
For the ninth consecutive match, Amanda Sanabia tallied 11 or more digs with 19 last Saturday afternoon against DePaul and also distributed a career-high nine assists. One day earlier, Sanabia collected 23 digs in the matchup with Marquette, which was the most by a BIG EAST player in a three-set match this season. During league play, Sanabia ranks third in the conference with 4.17 digs per set and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second-straight week on Tuesday.
Ranked inside the top 20 in the country in total assists, Erica Di Maulo continues to be a terrific leader for the Red Storm offense as the sophomore has now recorded back-to-back 1,000 assist seasons and sits in fifth place all-time in St. John’s history with 2,184 helpers. Danisha Moss and Hanna Wagner rank third and sixth, respectively, in the conference in blocks per set as the duo up front have both tallied over 100 rejections this season. The sophomore from Germany, Wagner has also been an efficient hitter for the Johnnies, leading the squad with a .359 hitting percentage, good for ninth-best in the league.
Georgetown enters play on Friday night with a 7-17 overall record and a 1-11 mark in conference play as the Hoyas have lost nine-straight matches. After dropping 10 consecutive sets, Georgetown lost 3-2 in its previous match to Butler on the road last Sunday afternoon. Symone Speech led the way on 19 kills at a .333 clip, while Paige McKnight dished out 46 assists with 15 digs in the setback to the Bulldogs. The middle blocker Speech leads the BIG EAST with a .387 attacking percentage and the junior ranks in the top five in the conference with 3.58 kills per set. The Hoyas have struggled on both ends of the court this season as the school sits last in the conference in kills, assists, digs and blocks. Earlier this season, the Red Storm cruised to a straight-set triumph over Georgetown as the Johnnies held the Hoyas to a .022 hitting percentage and Di Maulo notched her 2,000th career assist. St. John’s has won eight-straight contests against the Hoyas and owns a commanding 19-9 overall record when squaring off with the BIG EAST foe.
Villanova (14-9, 7-5 BIG EAST) sits just a half a game out of fourth place in the BIG EAST standings, trailing Seton Hall, and the Wildcats play host to the Pirates Friday night before welcoming the Johnnies. After winning seven of eight matches, Villanova has lost two-straight games at Butler and Xavier last weekend, but own an 8-1 record in matches played at Jake Nevin Field House. Three different Wildcats have tallied over 200 kills this season, led by Allie Loitz who tops the squad in kills and service aces. Emma Decker conducts the offense as the sophomore dishes 10.14 assists per set and Allison Fitzgerald leads the back row with 3.10 digs per set. The Wildcats rank in the top half of the conference in most statistical categories, but sit last in blocks per set. The Red Storm fell to the Wildcats at home on Oct. 4 in three tightly contested sets, despite eight kills at a .538 clip from Wagner. The Red Storm has squared off against the Wildcats more than any other program in school history as Villanova holds an 18-12 all-time record.
The Last Meeting
October 11, 2017
Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)
Di Maulo Notches 2,000th Career Assist in Sweep over Georgetown
After recording a five set victory on the road at Xavier in its previous contest, the Red Storm volleyball team kept the momentum going with an easy 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-15) triumph over BIG EAST foe Georgetown at Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday night as sophomore Erica Di Maulo reached the 2,000 assist plateau.
The Last Meeting
October 4, 2017
Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)