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Silvio Grasso

Volleyball

It was a very successful weekend for the St. John’s volleyball team as they tried to continue their dominance against non-conference opponents.

The team, much different than last year, as Shameka Mitchell, a transfer from South Florida, has been a great addition. Latoya Blunt is also having another standout season as she has shown no letting down after a great year last year.

The St. John’s volleyball team improved to 13-3 after its dominating performance at the Bucknell Invitational tournament.

In their first match, the team faced Canisius College (3-5) and easily took care of them with three straight wins (30-20, 30-13, and 30-19). Shameka Mitchell had a game-high 10 kills.

In the Red Storm’s second match versus Coppin State (0-7) they swept all three games (30-15, 30-24, and 30-12). Again, Mitchell had a game-high 20 kills to lead the team.

St. John’s final opponent Bucknell (7-3) proved to be a tougher match-up and the games went back and forth as St. John’s held off Bucknell for wins of (30-21, 30-19, and 30-26).

Latoya Blunt had a big game with 15 kills, including the decisive one in the final match to seal a perfect tournament for the Red Storm.

Mitchell, who was named tournament most valuable player, led St. John’s in kills with 41, hitting 52 percent.

Lisa Tedder added 93 assists, while Patti Hardiman posted 21 kills and 21 digs, while being named to the All-Tournament Team. The Red Storm has now won seven in a row.

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