Saint Louis 3, Rhode Island 1 (28-26, 15-25, 25-13, 25-21)

Sunday, Nov. 5 | St. Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Pavilion)



• Sien Gallop registered a career-high 25 kills to lead Saint Louis to a 3-1 (28-26, 15-25, 25-13, 25-21) Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at Chaifetz Pavilion.

The Billikens celebrated Senior Day prior to the match, recognizing Lauren Leverenz, Mackenzie Long, Maddie Oh and Nenye Okoro in their final home appearance.

The Billikens improved to 11-14 overall and 8-4 in the A-10. Rhode Island slipped to 10-15, 5-8.



There were 16 ties and nine lead changes in the opening frame. Rhode Island fought off two set points at 24-22 and had a set point of its own leading 25-24, but a Gallop kill kept Saint Louis afloat. A service error and a Leverenz kill clinched the set for the Billikens.



Rhode Island grabbed a 10-2 lead and maintained command the rest of the way. SLU drew no closer than six points.



It was the Billikens’ turn to win in a blowout. Saint Louis tallied the first seven points and led by as many as 13 points.



SLU trailed 13-10 but used a 4-0 spurt to go on top by a point. Four ties followed before the Billikens took control with a 5-1 run resulting in a 22-18 lead. The margin did not dip below three the remainder of the set.



The Billikens hit .285 to Rhode Island’s .175 and earned large advantages in kills (62-33) and digs (62-37).

Gallop hit .327 (25-9-49), recorded 10 digs to complete her eighth double-double of the season, and added three service aces.

• Maya Taylor chalked up 17 kills.

Leverenz posted a .500 hitting percentage, notching 12 kills with just three errors in 18 attempts. She added three service aces and three blocks.

• Kennedy Cordia turned in her ninth double-double of the year with a match-high 42 assists and 11 digs.

Long had a match-high 20 digs, giving her 20 or more for a sixth time this season including the last three contests.

• Lauren Mershon had a match-high four blocks.


The Billikens play at George Mason Friday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. (CT).