MATCH DETAILS

Saint Louis 3, Fordham 2 (22-25, 25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 15-8)

Saturday, Oct. 7 | Bronx, N.Y. (Rose Hill Gym)

 

OVERVIEW

• Saint Louis flirted with a .300 attack percentage for a second consecutive match and won the final two sets to defeat Fordham 3-2 (22-25, 25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 15-8) Saturday night at Rose Hill Gym.

• The Billikens improved to 7-11 overall and 4-1 in Atlantic 10 Conference play after winning for a fourth straight time and sixth time in seven matches. Fordham fell to 10-9, 2-4.

• Saint Louis posted a .298 attack percentage to match its season high established Friday at Rhode Island. The Billikens also registered season highs of 68 kills and 72 digs.

 

FIRST SET

Fordham jumped out to a 7-3 lead before a 5-2 Saint Louis run tied it 9-9. The set was tied seven more times before a 5-1 surge gave the Rams a 1-0 match lead.

 

SECOND SET

The Billikens took early control with a 5-0 run that put them on top 10-5. Fordham cut the lead to 11-10, but SLU gradually pulled away and finished the set with an 8-2 flurry.

 

THIRD SET

A 12-7 Fordham advantage was erased by an 8-2 Saint Louis spurt that gave the Billikens a 15-14 edge. SLU later used a 6-2 run to gain set point at 24-22, but Fordham reeled off four straight points to win the frame.

 

FOURTH SET

After Saint Louis grabbed a 9-6 lead, the set was deadlocked five times. The Billikens broke a 14-14 deadlock with back-to-back points and were able to maintain the upper hand the rest of the way.

 

FIFTH SET

A 4-0 run put SLU in front 7-3. Fordham narrowed the gap to two points twice, but the Billikens, who hit .556 (10-0-18) in the set, closed in style by scoring seven of the last nine points.

 

NOTABLE

• Saint Louis held Fordham to a .156 attack percentage.

• Lauren Leverenz and Maya Taylor tied for match-high honors with 19 kills apiece, equaling the Saint Louis season high. Leverenz posted match highs in attack percentage (.472, 19-2-36) and blocks (six), and Taylor completed a double-double with 10 digs.

• Sien Gallop (17 kills, 16 digs) and Kennedy Cordia (52 assists, 17 digs) also turned in double-doubles. Gallop added four service aces.

• Mackenzie Long led the Billikens with 19 digs.

 

UP NEXT
The Billikens are at Dayton Friday, Oct. 13.