VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis (9-14, 6-4 Atlantic 10) vs. Fordham (12-12, 4-7) and Rhode Island (10-13, 5-6)

 

FORDHAM at SAINT LOUIS

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 • 6 p.m. CDT

WHERE: St. Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Pavilion)

LIVE VIDEO:A-10 Digital Network (email fansupport@neulion.com if you encounter difficulty.)

LIVE STATS:StatBroadcast

 

RHODE ISLAND AT SAINT LOUIS

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 • 1 p.m. CST

WHERE: St. Louis, Mo. (Chaifetz Pavilion)

LIVE VIDEO:A-10 Digital Network (email fansupport@neulion.com if you encounter difficulty.)

LIVE STATS:StatBroadcast

 

A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS

• Saint Louis plays its final home matches of the season this weekend, hosting Fordham Friday night and Rhode Island Sunday afternoon. Billiken seniors Lauren Leverenz, Mackenzie Long, Maddie Oh and Nenye Okoro will be honored prior to Sunday’s match.
• Following come-from-behind road wins in October, Saint Louis owns an 18-1 series advantage over Fordham and is 18-5 vs. Rhode Island. The Billikens defeated Fordham 22-25, 25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 15-8 and toppled Rhode Island 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-20.
• The Billikens are second in the A-10 in kills (12.88/set) and also rank in the top half of the league in assists (tied for second, 12.00/set) and service aces (fourth, 1.57/set).
• Sien Gallop is once again the national leader in service aces (0.67/set). The Billikens are 28th nationally in the team rankings.
• Lauren Leverenz stands fifth in the A-10 in hitting percentage (.324).
• Maya Taylor ranks fifth in the league in kills (3.39/set).
• Mackenzie Long’s 3.50 digs-per-set average is good for 10th in the conference.
• Lauren Leverenz and Lauren Mershon are battling for the team lead in blocks. Leverenz enters the Fordham match with a 64-62 edge.
• In conference matches only, the Billikens rank fourth in hitting percentage (.229) while allowing their opponents to hit just .200.
• SLU is the only team with three players in the top 10 in kills in A-10 matches. Maya Taylor (3.66/set) leads the league, Sien Gallop (3.26/set) is fourth and Lauren Leverenz (3.11/set) is seventh.
• Lauren Leverenz owns a .350 hitting mark vs. A-10 opponents, good for fourth in the league. Leverenz also is ninth in service aces (0.34/set) in conference contests.
• Mackenzie Long is fourth all-time at Saint Louis with 1,356 career digs. Long needs 101 digs to pass Kim Moorleghen (1987-90) for third place.
• Billiken players have earned three A-10 weekly awards this season. Maya Taylor is a two-time Rookie of the Week (Sept. 18, Oct. 23), while Lauren Leverenz earned Player of the Week accolades Oct. 9.
• 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 FORDHAM

• Fordham, which is coming off a 3-0 loss to Rhode Island last Friday, has dropped three of its last four matches.
• The Rams lead NCAA Division I with 2.09 service aces per set, with sophomore right-side hitter Olivia Fairchild (0.66/set) and freshman outside hitter McKenna Lahr (0.51/set) ranking second and ninth, respectively, in the nation.
• Fairchild tops the A-10 in kills (3.59/set) and hits .264. Junior middle hitter Olivia LaPorta ranks ninth in the league in hitting percentage (.293), while sophomore libero Morgan Williams is sixth in digs (4.05/set).
• In A-10 matches only, sophomore outside hitter Kaitlin Morley is second in the conference in kills (3.34/set).•

A LOOK AT RHODE ISLAND

• Rhode Island’s recent win over Fordham snapped a three-match skid.
• The Rams hang their hats on defense, ranking second in the A-10 and 32nd nationally in opponents’ hitting percentage (.164) as well as second in the league in blocks (2.37/set). In A-10 matches only, Rhody is third in digs (15.05/set).
• Senior middle blocker Marie Gillcrist is third in the conference and 22nd in the nation in blocks (1.41/set).
• Gillcrist stands 10th in the A-10 in hitting percentage (.284), and senior defensive specialist Jessie Blaze is ninth in digs (3.58/set). Blaze is even better vs. league foes, ranking fifth in digs (4.17/set).