QUEENS, N.Y. (Feb. 5, 2021) – Immediately after kicking off the spring 2021 year with a 4-set victory in opposition to Fordham, the St. John’s volleyball workforce will strike the street once more when it meets Temple on Saturday afternoon at McGonigle Corridor.
The contest is scheduled to fall underway at 3 p.m. on ESPN+ with Kevin Copp and Nicki Jones on the phone.
The Johnnies (1-) enter Saturday’s assembly with the Owls (2-) on the heels of a 4-set gain in their period opener against Fordham on Wednesday night. Preseason Big EAST Player of the 12 months Efrosini Alexakou posted a match-significant 16 kills in the win, as junior libero Sheena Yoshioka gathered a career-high 21 digs.
Senior exterior hitter Klara Mikelova picked up wherever she left off in 2019, putting down 15 kills when hitting at a .303 clip. Setter Tiziana Baumrukova recorded a double-double, dishing out 46 helpers and registering 10 digs.
Middle blocker Maria Angelica Palacios dominated on the defensive facet of the ball for the Pink Storm, leading the squad with nine blocks.
As a group, the Johnnies led the Rams in details, kills, aces, assists and digs.
Temple enters Saturday’s matchup on a two-match get streak just after defeating Morgan Condition in 5 sets and getting down Large EAST foe UConn in 4 sets on Jan. 30. A preseason poll of the league’s coaches picked the Owls to finish 3rd in the American Athletic Conference’s East Division just after closing out the 2019 season with a 12-15 (3-13 AAC) file.
Junior suitable aspect hitter Peyton Boyd was selected to the preseason All-Convention workforce, recording 142 kills and ranking ninth in the AAC with a .303 hitting share last year.
Miray Bolukbasi, a junior outdoors hitter, posted a match-large 18 kills versus Morgan Condition and 23 kills in Temple’s four-set acquire in excess of UConn. She qualified prospects the Owls with 41 kills this yr.
Saturday will mark the sixth all-time assembly concerning St. John’s and Temple, with the Owls holding a 4-1 edge.