Big East: St. John’s Rallies Past Xavier in 5; Creighton Moves to 12-0

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 27th, 2018 | Big East, College - Women's Indoor, News

Big East Conference

  • Oct. 27, 2018

St. John’s rallied from down two sets to defeat Xavier at home. Meanwhile Butler overcame a first-set loss to top Seton Hall. Creighton and Marquette kept their spots as the top two in the league standings with sweeps.


  • St. John’s def. Xavier 3-2
  • Butler def. Seton Hall 3-1
  • Creighton def. DePaul 3-0
  • Marquette def. Providence 3-0

Updated Standings

School Conf CPct. Overall Pct. Home Away Neutral Streak
Creighton 12-0 1.000 20-4 0.833 8-1 7-2 5-1 W12
Marquette 10-2 0.833 20-5 0.800 10-3 6-2 4-0 W1
St. John’s 9-4 0.692 20-8 0.714 10-2 6-4 4-2 W4
Georgetown 6-6 0.500 13-11 0.542 8-4 3-6 2-1 L3
Villanova 6-6 0.500 13-11 0.542 4-3 6-5 3-3 W2
Xavier 6-7 0.462 8-16 0.333 4-4 4-6 0-6 L1
Butler 5-8 0.385 8-17 0.320 6-7 2-6 0-4 W1
Seton Hall 3-10 0.231 8-18 0.308 3-7 1-9 4-2 L3
DePaul 3-10 0.231 5-19 0.208 3-8 2-6 0-5 L5
Providence 2-10 0.167 8-15 0.348 4-5 1-8 3-2 L1

St. John’s def. Xavier 3-2 (27-29, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9)


  • “One of the greatest victories in program history on the road down 0-2 at the Cintas Center,” St. John’s head coach Joanne Persico said. “We found a way once again. This team will never surrender, they will never fold, and they don’t point fingers at each other when the pressure is on. It’s not in their DNA.”
  • St. John’s picked up its eighth five-set win out of 12 tiebreak matches in 2018.
  • The Red Storm outhit Xavier .182 to .147, while holding the Musketeers to a -.105 effort in the decisive fifth set.
  • SJU outserved Xavier 6-0 and outdid its foes 69-56 in kills. Xavier boasted a 12-11 edge in blocks.
  • Efrosini Alexakou downed a career-high 29 kills and added 18 digs, while hitting .250 to lead St. John’s. Kayley Wood added 15 putaways. Erica Di Maulo turned in a 52-assist, 11-dig double-double. Amanda Sanabia pulled up a career-best 34 digs.
  • Laura Grossman (14), Norah Painter (14) and Audrey Adams (10) guided Xavier offensively. Grossman rounded out a double-double with 14 digs and five blocks. Adams put up seven blocks while hitting .240. Five Musketeers posted double-digit dig tallies.
  • After splitting the first six points of Set 5, St. John’s outscored Xavier 12-6 down the stretch. Alexakou scored the final four points of the set for the Red Storm.

Butler def. Seton Hall 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-21, 29-27)


  • Butler outblocked Seton Hall 14-5, outhit the Pirates .273 to .216 and outdid them 65-56 in kills.
  • The Bulldogs hit .250 or better in the three sets they won, including a .375 effort in Set 2.
  • Natalie Ravenell led all hitters with 20 kills, 12 digs and four blocks, while hitting .395 for Butler. Brooke Gregory added 18 kills on a .318 hitting effort. Melody Davidson put up a match-high eight blocks to go with seven kills and  .353 clip.
  • Abby Thelen (18) and Caitlin Koska (15) paced Seton Hall. Koska rounded out a double-double with 14 digs. Sophia Coffey posted a 46-assist, 10-dig double-double.
  • Seton Hall led by as many as six (19-13) in Set 4 and had a set-point try at 24-21. Butler called timeout and scored four in a row, including a kill and a block by Revenell to earned a match-point attempt at 25-24. After thwarting two more Pirate set point tries at (26-25 and 27-26), the Bulldogs ended the night with a 3-0 run. A block by Davidson and Rachel Klitzing, a Gregory kill and a Seton Hall hitting error gave Butler the 29-27 win and the match.

Creighton def. DePaul 3-0


  • Creighton played in its 100th regular season Big East match, notching its 91st victory with the sweep.
  • The Bluejays posted their 20th win of the season, matching the 2012 team for the earliest date the program had reached the plateau.
  • The loss was the fifth straight for DePaul with four coming via sweep.
  • Creighton outhit DePaul .379 to .103 and outdid the Blue Demons in kills (46-28), aces (5-3) and blocks (6-3).
  • Taryn Kloth (14) and Megan Ballenger (12) notched double-digit kill tallies for the Bluejays. Ballenger hit at a match-best .556 clip (12-2-18) and put up three blocks.
  • Emma Price was tops among DePaul players with seven kills on a .385 hitting effort. Four other players tallied four of more kills.
  • Creighton built a five-point lead in Set 3 at 13-8. DePaul sliced the margin to two at 17-15 on a Mariah Robinson kill, prompting a Bluejay timeout. Creighton outscored DePaul 8-4 down the stretch including three kills by Kloth to claim the victory.

Marquette def. Providence 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15)


  • The win puts Marquette at the 20-win milestone for the ninth straight season.
  • Marquette hit at a .413 clip on the night, making just seven hitting errors. Four of the miscues came in Set 1 as the team still managed a .455 effort. Providence hit .223 with 11 miscues. The Golden Eagles also outdid the Friars 50-32 in kills, 7-2 in aces and 5-3 in blocks.
  • Alli Barber piled up 19 kills on .548 hitting effort (19-2-31). Hope Werch chipped in 12 kills and two aces, while Jenna Rosenthal pounded down eight kills on 15 errorless swings (.533) and three blocks.
  • Addison Root was the lone Friar player with double-digit kills, posting 13. Allison Impellizeri added nine putaways while hitting .471.
  • Marquette broke open Set 3 with a 7-0 run, which gave the team a 21-11 advantage. Rosenthal managed two kills and a block in the rally. The teams traded 3-1 runs after that with the latter giving the Golden Eagles the 25-15 win. A Rosenthal kill sealed the victory on Marquette’s second match-point ry.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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