Nov. 22, 2017
• BIG EAST Release
QUEENS, N.Y. – After a superb sophomore season conducting the Red Storm offense, Erica Di Maulo was named to the All- BIG EAST First Team for the second consecutive year as announced by the conference offices on Wednesday morning.
Di Maulo becomes the fifth Red Storm volleyball player to earn a spot on the conference’s first team twice and just the second setter to achieve this honor in St. John’s history, joining Wioleta Leszczynska. The second-year player was one of three sophomores and three setters to be tabbed to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
Currently ranked 15th in the nation in total assists with 1,253, Di Maulo has dished out 2,415 helpers in her career in just two seasons, good for fifth-most in school history. A terrific leader for the Johnnies, the sophomore distributed 10.53 assists per set and led the Red Storm offense to five players with more than 210 kills.
An outstanding all-around player who has played in every match since she arrived in Queens, Di Maulo ranks second in the conference with 35 service aces and was third on the squad with 88 blocks. Despite a sensational freshman season in 2016, Di Maulo has averaged more assists, kills, blocks and digs during her sophomore campaign.
Following a stellar rookie season last year that saw her bring home the BIG EAST Co-Freshman of the Year honor, Di Maulo started 2017 off strong in non-conference play finding a spot on the all-tournament team in all four of the tournaments in which the Red Storm participated in. The Milan, Italy, native collected MVP honors of the Jack Kaiser Classic after lifting the Red Storm to its second-straight Kaiser Classic title and was also named the best setter of the challenging Baylor Classic.
One of the many notable performances for Di Maulo came on the road against Xavier, when the 6-foot setter set a career-high with 62 assists and added 17 digs to help the Red Storm knock off the Musketeers in five sets for the first time in program history. One day earlier, Di Maulo registered her first 20-20 performance with 37 assists and a career-high 21 digs against Butler, which was one of her 13 double-doubles of the season.
In conference action, Di Maulo posted 10.60 assists per set, which was the fourth-highest in the league and her 25 service aces ranked the sophomore second in the BIG EAST.