WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senior Olga Roudovski (Brooklyn, N.Y./Sheepshead Bay) had a match-high 25 kills and 12 digs to lead the St. Johns University volleyball team to a five game victory (15-6, 16-18, 14-16, 15-11, 15-8) over Georgetown University Sunday evening in McDonough Gym.

With the win, the Storm improve to 23-7 overall, but more importantly, 7-3 in the BIG EAST, which positions them in a two-way tie with Pittsburgh for third place in the league standings. The fourth and final conference playoff spot will be determined on Friday in Alumni Hall when the Storm host Connecticut, which sits tied for fifth with Syracuse, both with 6-4 league records. Georgetown fell to 15-12 overall, 5-5 in the BIG EAST.

After taking the first game 15-6, the Storm seemed to be in complete control in the second game, holding a commanding 11-2 lead. But the Hoyas mounted an improbable comeback and went on to win the second game, 18-16, tying the match at one game apiece. The Hoyas edged the Storm in the third game, 16-14, putting St. Johns in a desperate 2-1 hole.

Knowing that a berth in the BIG EAST tournament was on the line, the Storm put together an incredible rally, winning the fourth game 15-11 and forcing a deciding rally-scoring fifth game. The Storm clinched the match in the fifth game, 15-8, as the Hoyas killed only three balls in the final frame.

Senior Amanda Berg (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb) hit .481 with 14 kills and eight blocks, while senior Aleeza Miller (Los Angeles, Calif./Cal-Berkeley) tallied 10 kills and seven blocks. Junior Kristy Mercein (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) led a courageous defensive effort with 23 digs to go along with a pair of blocks and a pair of aces. Senior Stephanie Luehr (Wood River, Neb./Wood River) served up five aces and had 13 digs, while freshman Rosalyn Dang (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou) had seven blocks, seven kills and five digs. Freshman Robyn Kurasaki (Milliani, Hawaii/Maryknoll) battled some minor injuries to collect 51 assists, 10 digs and two blocks, while classmate Mariela Barraza (Elmont, N.Y./Elmont Memorial) came off the bench to contribute 11 digs.

The Storm will be back in action on Friday, November 10 when they host Connecticut and fight for the fourth and final playoff spot in the BIG EAST tournament, scheduled for Nov. 17-19 at Notre Dame. Fridays showdown is scheduled for 7:30.




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