KINGSTON, R.I. - The Saint Louis volleyball team fought hard in a narrow five-set defeat at the hands of Rhode Island. The Billikens fall to 8-17 overall with a 2-8 ledger in Atlantic 10 play.
Saint Louis got off to a slow start in the first two sets by scores of 22-25 and 23-25, respectively. After the break between sets two and three, the Bills gained momentum behind stout defense to win the third set 25-20. As a team, the Billikens tallied 10 blocks in the set, with senior Carly Marcum leading the way with three blocks. Freshman Anna Church and senior Cassie Clarke led the charge offensively in the third set with Church collecting four kills and Clarke with 11 assists. In the fourth, Church again paced the offense to a 25-19 win, recording five kills in the set. Fellow freshman Megan Gilbert also had five kills in the set.
In the deciding set, SLU traded points with URI throughout the set. However, the Bills could not hold off the Rams who pulled away with a 12-15 fifth-set win.
On the night, Church led the way with 16 total kills. Clarke set up the offense with 47 assists, her eighth 40-set match. Defensively, junior Grace Bonoma had 32 digs and Marcum had seven total blocks, tying a season-best.
Saint Louis will return to action tomorrow, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. (CT) in the Bronx, N.Y. The Billikens will take on Fordham, where they have had success in the past. The Bills own a 10-1 all-time mark at Fordham, with the only loss coming last season in a dramatic five-setter.