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In the 2012 home opener, St. John’s downed Siena, a squad that won 23 games last season, by a score of 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-21) in front of a loud crowd at Carnesecca Arena.
“It was amazing playing in front of that many people,” senior Gabriela Petkova said. “I feel like that was the first time in my four years we’ve had that many in the stands. I’m happy we could show them a win. Hopefully, they’re happy, too.”
St. John’s (4-1) was anchored yet again by senior setter Sabina Piegza who dished out 30 assists, registering her second-consecutive match with 30 or more helpers. She has recorded at least 20 assists in all five contests. Piegza, who was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll, also added three kills and six digs.
Freshman Shawna-Lei Santos and Petkova carried the Red Storm’s defensive efforts, recording 13 and 11 digs, respectively. Petkova also contributed an assist and needs just five more to pass Lisa Tedder for fourth-most all-time at St. John’s.
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