Clarke's Triple-Double Tames Panthers
CHARLESTON, Ill. - Senior setter Cassie Clarke led the Saint Louis volleyball team past Eastern Illinois 3-1 on the back of the program's first triple-double since 2006. With the win, SLU rises to 8-16 overall.
Clarke recorded 43 assists, 14 digs and 11 kills. The last Billiken to record a triple double was Sammi McCloud, who achieved the feat against Southeast Missouri State on Oct. 25, 2006. It is also the first triple-double in the Atlantic 10 this season.
In the first set, SLU started off slow, with EIU running out to a quick 4-1 lead. However, the Bills battled back to draw the score even at 12. The Panthers never regained the lead en route to a 25-19 first set victory for the Bills.
In the second set, SLU had a tough time fighting off the EIU attack. The Panthers roared back to hit .289 and win the set by a score of 22-25.
After the break, the Bills exploded to take the third set 25-14. As a team, SLU hit .364 in the set.
With a 2-1 Saint Louis lead, the Billikens and Panthers played a tough fourth set. Both teams hit over .300 with SLU escaping with a 25-22 win in the set and a 3-1 match victory.
Though Clarke led the way, the Billiken front line of sophomore Lauren Baumet, freshman Megan Gilbert and senior Carly Marcum had good nights as well. Gilbert notched 14 kills without an error. Baumet led the team in kills with 18 and only two errors. Marcum recorded 12 kills and seven blocks. Clarke (.688), Gilbert (.560) and Baumet (.516) had the first, second and fourth best hitting percentages this season, respectively
Saint Louis will continue its road trip and will take on Rhode Island on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Following that contest, the Bills will travel to the Bronx to play Fordham on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.