VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Saint Louis at La Salle and Duquesne


LA SALLE

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 • 6 p.m. (CDT)

WHERE: Philadelphia, Pa. (Tom Gola Arena)

COVERAGELIVE STATS


DUQUESNE

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 • 11 a.m. (CDT)

WHERE: Pittsburgh, Pa. (A.J. Palumbo Center)

COVERAGE: ESPN+  LIVE STATS


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A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS

• Saint Louis (2-14, 1-3) battles two Atlantic 10 Conference opponents in Pennsylvania this weekend. The Billikens and La Salle (10-7, 3-1) square off Friday, Oct. 5, in Philadelphia at 6 p.m. (CT). SLU is in Pittsburgh Sunday for a match vs. Duquesne (6-10, 1-3) at 11 a.m. (CT).
Maya Taylor was selected A-10 Offensive Player of the Week and Cayce Chaykowsky was tabbed A-10 co-Rookie of the Week on Monday, Oct. 1. Click here for the story.
• Taylor remains second in the A-10 in kills per set (4.16) and points per set (4.50), ranking 39th and 51st, respectively, in the nation.
• Chaykowsky has risen to fifth in the A-10 with a team-high 4.38 digs per set.
Lauren Mershon leads the team in blocks per set (0.76).
Kennedy Cordia directs the attack with 8.86 assists per set (fifth in the A-10) and adds 2.64 digs per set.
• Click here for the Billikens’ complete statistics.
• The Billikens returned four starters and seven additional players from last year’s team that finished third in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 10-4 record. Five freshmen join four seniors, two juniors and five sophomores. Click here for the complete 2018 roster.
• Leading the returning group are junior OH Sien Gallop, sophomore OH Maya Taylor and sophomore S Kennedy Cordia.
• Gallop, who led NCAA Division I in service aces per set (0.67) and total service aces (67), was selected to the 2017 Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team. She tallied 2.99 kills per set and 2.34 digs per set.
• Taylor was tabbed A-10 Rookie of the Year. Her 3.51 kills per set ranked second in the A-10, and she led SLU hitters with a .245 attack percentage.
• Cordia joined Taylor on the league’s All-Rookie team. She registered a team-high 7.17 assists per set and added 2.16 digs per set.
• Head coach Kent Miller is in his eighth season on the Saint Louis sideline.
• Saint Louis returns to Chaifetz Pavilion next week. The Billikens host Rhode Island Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. and Fordham Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m.
• Click here for the complete 2018 schedule.

A LOOK AT LA SALLE

• The Explorers are playing their first home conference match of the season after opening with four straight on the road.
• La Salle carries a three-match winning streak after dropping its A-10 opener at VCU.
• After winning just one A-10 match in 2015 and 2016 combined, the Explorers rose to a seventh-place tie (4-10) in the 2017 conference standings.
• La Salle leads the conference and ranks ninth nationally with 18.18 digs per set. The Explorers are second in the A-10 with 13.57 kills per set.
• Senior L Jensen Sharrits leads the A-10 and is 10th in the nation with 5.74 digs per set.
• Junior S Kathryn Wood tops the league and stands 19th nationally with 11.21 assists per set.
• Junior OH Devin Corah is third in the A-10 in kills per set (3.80), while junior MB Catherine Edgington is ninth in attack percentage (.288).
• Click here for the Explorers’ complete statistics.

A LOOK AT DUQUESNE
• In its first A-10 home match of the season, Duquesne hosts Dayton Friday night before taking on Saint Louis.
• UNLV was a common nonconference opponent of Duquesne and SLU. Both teams fell to the Rebels.
• Junior S Dani Suiter was a second-team All-Conference choice in 2017, while sophomore OH Maria Mosbacher made the A-10 All-Rookie team.
• The Dukes rank second in the A-10 with 16.46 digs per set. Leading the way is senior L Camryn Vecera, who is second in the league and 37th in the nation with 5.12 digs per set.
• Suiter is second in the A-10 with 0.43 service aces per set, and freshman MH Camryn Thomas is ninth with 0.97 blocks per set.
• Click here for the Dukes’ complete statistics.