St. John's Serves Up 3-0 Sweep Over Fordham


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BRONX, N.Y. - The St. John's volleyball team swept crosstown rival, Fordham, 3-0, Tuesday night at the Ram's Rose Hill Gymnasium. The scores of the match were 25-18, 25-22 and 25-17. With the win, the Red Storm improves to 5-3 on the season, while the Rams fall to 6-3.

Senior Valeria Kovaleva came just two assists shy of a triple-double as she registered a match-high 10 kills, 8 assists and 12 digs. Senior Lena Yee led all players with 19 digs and classmate Wioleta Leszczynska equaled the match-high with 23 assists while picking up six digs. Senior Chen Chen and sophomore Kun Song each contributed eight kills in the win, and senior Casie Brooks had a .500 hitting percentage which was a match-high. Freshman Darlene Ramdin was a blocking force for the Red Storm, as she put up a match-high six total blocks.

Fordham jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead to start the first set, but the Red Storm fought right back to tie the score 4-4 and eventually take a 6-5 lead on a kill by Kovaleva. STJ used its first timeout when the Rams came within three points at 11-8 on a block. Two kills by Kovaleva gave the Red Storm five-point leads twice at 15-10 and 16-11. St. John's reached the 20-point mark first, at 20-14, on a kill by Kovaleva, forcing the Rams to call their first timeout. STJ built up its lead to 23-17 on a Leszczynska kill and Fordham used its second timeout. After the breather, Fordham picked up a kill but a pair of errors ended the set in St. John's favor, 25-18.

St. John's scored four straight points to start the second set and held the lead until Fordham tied the score, 7-7, on a kill. The Rams took their first lead of the set at 9-8 on a Red Storm attack error. The score remained close until Fordham took a 15-13 lead on a kill and a STJ ball-handling error, forcing St. John's to call its first timeout. After the break, the Red Storm fought back to tie the score twice at 17-17 and 19-19. A kill by Brooks and a Ram attack error gave STJ a 21-19 lead and Fordham used its first timeout. The Red Storm picked up two more points quickly after the breather, but Fordham came within one point at 23-22 after scoring three straight points. St. John's held off the rally to take the set, 25-22, winning it on a Ram attack error, and the Red Storm went into the lockers leading the match two games to none.

The Red Storm built up an 8-4 lead to begin set three and forced the Rams to burn their first timeout. Kovaleva increased the lead to 13-7 after two straight service aces, but Fordham fought back to within three points at 15-12 on a St. John's attack error and STJ used its second and final timeout. The Red Storm rode out a 10-5 run to end the match, led by Song who had two kills during the span, including the set- and match-winner. St. John's won the set, 25-17, taking the match in the minimum three sets.

For the Rams, senior Katherine Burrel recorded a double-double with 23 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore Jenna Hart had a team-high six kills, while junior Jolanda Gunning-Snowden and sophomore Christi Griffiths each recorded five kills and a team-high three blocks.

The Red Storm returns to action on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Ameritas Players Challenge, hosted by the University of Nebraska. STJ will take on New Mexico in the first match at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Article courtesy of St. John's athletics.

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