ST. LOUIS - Carly Marcum and Lauren Baumet combined for 20 kills for Saint Louis, but Western Illinois collected a 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 non-conference victory over the Billikens Tuesday night at Chaifetz Pavilion.
Western Illinois improved to 8-9, while Saint Louis fell to 5-13.
Marcum led SLU with 11 kills and a .321 attack percentage (11-2-28), while Baumet contributed nine kills. Grace Bonoma and Andrea Bolt tallied 11 and 10 digs, respectively.
Saint Louis rallied from a 13-7 deficit to tie the opening frame at 14. The set was knotted six more times before Western Illinois gained a 22-20 edge, and the Leathernecks held on for the win.
A 9-2 run gave Western Illinois a 12-5 cushion in set two, and the Leathernecks remained in command to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was close throughout, with neither team claiming a lead of more than three points. The Billikens led 13-10, but an 8-2 spurt put the Leathernecks in front 18-15. SLU cut the WIU lead to one point four times but could not get over the top.The Billikens return to Atlantic 10 Conference play Saturday, Oct. 6, when they host new league member Butler at 4 p.m.