VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis (3-11, 0-1 Atlantic 10) vs. La Salle (9-8, 0-2) and Duquesne (7-9, 2-0)

 

SAINT LOUIS vs. LA SALLE

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 (7 p.m.)

WHERE: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Pavilion)

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SAINT LOUIS vs. DUQUESNE

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 (Noon)

WHERE: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Pavilion)

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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS

• Saint Louis plays its first Friday-Sunday Atlantic 10 Conference weekend when the Billikens welcome La Salle and Duquesne to Chaifetz Pavilion.

• Duquesne plays at Dayton Friday night before facing Saint Louis Sunday afternoon.

• The Billikens own commanding series leads over both of this weekend’s opponents. SLU is 16-0 vs. La Salle and 17-5 vs. Duquesne.

• Saint Louis prevailed twice over both teams a year ago. At Chaifetz Pavilion, the Billikens defeated La Salle 25-23, 25-18, 25-20 and were 25-10, 21-25, 25-23, 25-14 victors over Duquesne. SLU downed La Salle 25-18, 25-16, 25-15 in Philadelphia and rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to get past Duquesne in Pittsburgh 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 15-8.

• The Billikens rank fourth in the A-10 in kills (12.41/set) and are fifth in the league in service aces (1.53/set).

• Sien Gallop continues to lead the nation with 0.70 service aces per set.

• Lauren Leverenz stands eighth in the A-10 in attack percentage (.285).

• Maya Taylor (3.20/set) and Nenye Okoro (3.08/set) rank eighth and ninth in the league, respectively, in kills.

• Mackenzie Long’s 3.39 digs-per-set average is good for 10th in the conference.

• Maya Taylor begins the weekend with a .274 attack percentage, while Monica Loftus owns a .255 efficiency.

• Lauren Mershon and Lauren Leverenz are battling for the team lead in blocks. Mershon enters the La Salle match with a 34-33 edge.

• Mackenzie Long is fifth all-time at Saint Louis with 1,228 career digs. Long needs 97 digs to pass Jessica Sippy (1995-98) for fourth place.

• Nenye Okoro has a chance to eclipse 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. Okoro has 795 kills and 835 digs. She would become the 15th Billiken to amass 1,000 kills, the 19th with 1,000 digs and the seventh to reach both milestones.

• Maya Taylor was named the Sept. 18 Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week. Taylor tallied 61 kills (3.81/set) and hit .299 in four matches.

• Kent Miller collected his 100th victory as the Billikens’ head coach when SLU defeated Western Illinois Sept. 12. Miller is the third SLU skipper to achieve 100 wins, joining Marilyn Nolen and Anne Kordes.

 

A LOOK AT LA SALLE
• La Salle has dropped five straight matches, including five-set losses to George Washington and George Mason to begin A-10 play. 
• The Explorers are second in the A-10 in kills (12.99/set), led by Samantha Graver (3.49/set, fourth in the A-10) and Devin Corah (3.21/set, seventh).
• Jensen Sharrits leads the league in digs (4.85/set), and La Salle is third in the team rankings (14.59/set).
• The Explorers have limited opponents to a .188 attack percentage. 

 

A LOOK AT DUQUESNE
• Duquesne carried a three-match winning streak into Friday night’s contest at Dayton. 
• The Dukes toppled George Mason and George Washington, both in four sets, to open A-10 action.
• Duquesne is second in the conference in digs (14.67/set), led by Camryn Vecera (4.60/set, second).
• In the league kills rankings, Maria Mosbacher stands fifth (3.47/set) and Maddie Bazelak is 10th (2.98/set).