St. John’s Welcomes Seton Hall to Queens for Saturday Afternoon Showdown

Nov. 10, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. – Riding a three-game winning streak, the St. John’s volleyball team will welcome local rival Seton Hall to Carnesecca Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m. as the Red Storm will look for its fourth-straight BIG EAST victory.

With just three matches remaining in the 2017 regular season, the Red Storm (15-15, 7-8 BIG EAST) sits just two games behind Seton Hall for the fourth spot in the BIG EAST standings where the top four proceed to the conference tournament. A triumph over the Pirates would mark the longest win streak against league opponents since 2012 that saw the Johnnies advance to the BIG EAST Tournament. The Red Storm has already matched its conference win total from last season, despite three conference matches still left on the schedule.

The pivotal BIG EAST matchup between the local foes will open up a three-game homestand to close out the regular season for the Red Storm and will be aired on ESPN3 with Ralph Bednarczyk and Patrick Dietz on the call from Queens.

St. John’s enters play on Saturday following three-straight victories with two coming on the road in straight-sets last weekend at Georgetown and Villanova. In the nation’s capital last Friday night, Julia Cast who was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, lifted the Red Storm to its ninth-straight triumph over the Hoyas with 17 kills, while Hanna Wagner posted eight kills at a .stellar 700 clip. Currently ranked ninth in program history with1,100 career kills, Cast also sits inside the top 15 in the NCAA with 423 kills and her 4.06 kills per set ranks the senior second in the league. One of the most efficient hitters in the conference, Wagner holds a .362 attacking percentage, which if the season ended today would be the second highest individual hitting percentage in a season in program history.

Currently ranked second among rookies in kills per set in conference play, Kayley Wood was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week last Tuesday afternoon followed by a pair of matches that saw the newcomer average 2.33 kills per set and five service aces. In the victory over Villanova to snap their nine-game home winning streak, Wood tallied six of her 10 kills in the third set and hit at a .348 clip. A three-time weekly honor roll selection this season, Amanda Sanabia posted 20 digs against the Wildcats to give the sophomore 11-straight matches of double-digit digs.

The 2016 BIG EAST Co-Freshman of the Year, Erica Di Maulo has conducted an offense that owns a .310 hitting percentage during the Red Storm’s three-game winning streak. In the two victories last weekend, the sophomore setter averaged 11.17 assists per set and leads the squad with 29 aces, good for eighth-best in the conference. The Red Storm sits in second in the conference with 2.54 blocks per set behind Danisha Moss, who has collected 130 rejections this season. The Toronto product ranks third in the league with 1.24 blocks per set and has tallied 441 blocks in her stellar career.

Sitting in fourth place in the conference standings, Seton Hall enters Carnesecca Arena with a 15-13 overall record and a 9-6 mark in league play. The Pirates have lost three of their last five matches followed by a setback at Villanova and a five-set victory at Georgetown last weekend. Abby Thelen leads the attack for Seton Hall with 3.70 kills per set, which ranks the junior fourth in the conference. Ranked in the middle of the pack in most BIG EAST statistical categories, the Pirates struggle on the service line as they rank last in the league in aces. Sarah Kenneweg leads the squad on the back line with 3.77 digs per set and also tops the team with 17 service aces. St. John’s and Seton Hall have met 28 times in a series that dates back to the program’s inception in 1994 with the Pirates owning a 16-12 all-time advantage. Despite falling to the Pirates earlier this season on the road, the Red Storm came back to defeat Seton Hall last season at Carnesecca Arena in four sets behind 50 assists from Di Maulo.

The Last Meeting
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October 14, 2017
South Orange N.J. (Walsh Gym)
Cast Reaches 1,000 Kill Mark as Seton Hall Tops St. John’s
Opening up its three-game road swing in New Jersey, the St. John’s volleyball team fell to Seton Hall, 3-0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-18) as Julia Cast became the 10th Red Storm player to reach the 1,000 kill mark in the history of the program.




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