PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College Volleyball is set to take on BIG EAST foes, St. John’s and Seton Hall on Sept. 29-30. The Friars will first take on the Red Storm on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m. Providence will then finish the weekend road trip against Seton Hall on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. The match against the Red Storm will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
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Live Stats vs. St. John's: Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Live Stream vs. St. John's: Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Live Stats vs. Seton Hall: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Live Stream vs. Seton Hall: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m.
The Friars have started the season with an overall record of 13-4 and a 2-0 record in conference play. Providence is coming off of an opening weekend of conference action that saw the Friars take down both Villanova and Georgetown. It was the first time Providence had defeated Villanova since 2000.
As a team, Providence is ranked in the upper half of the BIG EAST in all offensive categories. The Friars’ are ranked first in service aces (1.69 aces per set), third in hitting percentage (.244), third in assists (12.51 assists per set), and fourth in kills (13.41 kills per set).
Sophomore Addison Root (Wichita, Kan.) has been the leader of the Friars’ offensive efforts this season. Root leads the team in both kills (221) and service aces (24). In the BIG EAST, Root ranks fifth in kills per set average (3.62) and second in service aces per set (.39).
Sophomore Jenae Alderson (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), junior Megan Onyundo (Woodbridge, Va.) and sophomore Lindsey Schaible (Tampa, Fla.) have also been instrumental parts of the Friars offense as they have tallied 157, 143 and 131 kills, respectively. Schaible’s hitting percentage of .367 ranks third in the BIG EAST.
Freshman Allison Barber (Woodbury, Minn.) has been the setter for the Friars this season and leads the Friars with 647 total assists. Barber’s 10.77 assists per set average ranks second in the BIG EAST.
Providence’s has featured a well-balance team defense this season. The Friars are ninth in the BIG EAST in team digs with 14.28 a set, but are third in opponent hitting percentage as they hold teams to a .193 hitting percentage. Freshman McKenzie Lydon (Stuart, Fla.) leads Providence in digs with 208 (3.41 d/s). Barber, Root and Alderson have also played important roles in defensively as they have recorded 173, 162 and 124 digs, respectively.
SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S:
The St. John’s Red Storm have started the season with an overall record of 8-9 and are 0-2 in the BIG EAST. The Red Storm are on a three match losing streak as they have dropped matches against Stony Brook, DePaul and Marquette.
While the team ranks sixth in hitting percentage (.190) and eighth in kills (12.40 k/s) in the BIG EAST, St. John’s has two standouts in Julia Cast and Hanna Wagner. Cast ranks second in the BIG EAST in kills per set with 4.08 and has 245 total kills on the season. Wagner ranks second in the BIG EAST in hitting percentage (.392).
Erica Di Maulo has been the setter for the Red Storm. Di Maulo has tallied 614 assists and averages 10.23 assists a set.
Delaney D’Amore and Amanda Sanabia have led the St. John’s defense this season. D’amore leads the team in digs with 222 (3.70 d/s), with Sanabia not far behind with 201 (3.35 d/s).
SCOUTING SETON HALL:
The Seton Hall Pirates have an overall record of 7-8 on the season and are 1-1 in the BIG EAST. The Pirates dropped their first BIG EAST match against Marquette before defeating DePaul.
Abby Thelen is the leading offensive threat for Seton Hall as she has tallied 224 kills (3.80 k/s). Sharay Barnes and Dominique Mason have also played key roles as they have tallied 145 (2.46 k/s) and 135 (2.65 k/s), respectively. The setter for Seton Hall has been Sophia Coffey. Coffey has recorded 5.61 assists this season for the Pirates.
Sarah Kenneweg has played the libero position for the Pirates as she recorded 220 digs (3.73 d/s) this season.
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