Seniors ending on high note


On Sunday afternoon, St. John’s volleyball seniors Diana Banya, Kayla Motoyama and Kun Song took the court at Carnessecca Arena for the final time in their collegiate careers.

But behind a solid all-around team effort led by Junior Darlene Ramdin, the Red Storm sent their seniors out on a good note, with an impressive 3-1 victory over Georgetown (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21) on Senior Day.

The win is the third win in a row for St. John’s, as they improve their overall record to 18-11, and their Big East record to 5-7 after losing their first five conference games. The win also keeps their once-slim postseason hopes alive, as they attempt to qualify for a spot in the Big East tournament after a one-year hiatus.

Junior Darlene Ramdin had one of her best games of the season, as she recorded a season-high 20 kills and also had a match-high of eight blocks in the winning effort.  Ramdin’s eight blocks moved her into eighth place in the all-time St. John’s career record books, as she now has 271 career blocks.

Senior Diana Banya had a good Senior Day, as she had 12 kills in her Carnesecca Arena finale. Sophomore Gabriela Petkova had a match-high of 13 digs, and Freshman Korina Yee had eight digs. Junior Alyssa Bennett had 45 assists, and Anzelika Lukjanska had seven kills and eight digs.

The Red Storm opened the match by committing just three attack errors in the first set, where Darlene Ramdin hit 1.000 with four kills, while Banya also had four kills en route to a 25-19 first set victory.

The Red Storm couldn’t pull out the second set as they lost 25-22, but came back to win a close third set.  The Red Storm trailed 6-1 early in the third set, but rallied later on with a six-point run to take a 19-17 lead, and they kept that lead, as they won the set 25-22.

It looked as if the match was destined for a fifth set, when Georgetown led 19-16 late in the fourth set. But the Red Storm went on a 9-2 run, to close out the match with a 25-21 fourth set victory. Ramdin had eight kills and a .583 attacking percentage in the set.

Although this was the Red Storm’s final home game of the 2010 season, they still have two road games remaining.  They will head to Morgantown to take onWest Virginia on Friday, before heading to Pittsburgh on Sunday, as the Red Storm will try to close out the 2010 season on a good note, and will attempt to qualify for the Big East Tournament.