VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: Duquesne, La Salle at Saint Louis


WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 • 7 p.m. (CST)

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



WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 • Noon (CST)

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


A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS (click here for up-to-date statistics)

• The Saint Louis Billikens (5-19, 4-8 Atlantic 10) are in the hunt for a berth in the six-team A-10 Championship as they play their final regular-season matches this weekend at Chaifetz Pavilion. The Billikens host Duquesne (12-13, 6-6) Friday at 7 p.m. and La Salle (17-9, 9-3) Sunday at noon.
• This weekend's matches are the second meetings between the Billikens and the visiting teams. Click here for a recap of the Duquesne match and here for a recap of the La Salle match.
• Prior to Sunday's match, Jenny Backus, Katia Haak, Monica Loftus and Camila Rivas will be honored in Senior Day ceremonies.
Maya Taylor continues to hold second place in the A-10 in kills per set (4.05) and points per set (4.37), ranking 46th and 60th, respectively, in the nation. Taylor tied for match-high honors with 18 kills vs. Dayton last Friday.
Cayce Chaykowsky records a team-high 4.59 digs per set, good for fourth in the A-10 and 96th in the nation. Against conference opponents, Chaykowsky is second in the league with 5.20 digs per set.
Kennedy Cordia’s numbers continue to rise. Cordia is third in assists (9.53 per set) and 11th in digs (2.80 per set) in the A-10. In the Dayton match, she led the Billikens with 15 digs and registered her 12th assist-dig double-double of the season, 10 of which have come vs. A-10 opponents. Cordia averages 10.20 assists and 3.22 digs in league matches.
• At the net, Sara Daniels maintains the team lead with 0.86 blocks per set to place 12th in the A-10. Daniels, who collected four blocks vs. Dayton, is notching 1.15 blocks per set over the last seven matches.
Lauren Mershon has risen to 10th in the conference in attack percentage, hitting .267 after posting an 8-1-12 (.583) line against Dayton. Mershon is hitting .427 (45-7-89) over the last seven matches. In A-10 matches only, she ranks eighth with a .285 mark.
Giovanna Charles ranks second on the team and 15th in the A-10 with 2.56 kills per set. Charles turns in 2.84 kills per set in league action.
Isabelle Walsh’s .357 attack percentage (13-3-28) vs. Dayton is her SLU career high vs. an A-10 opponent. Walsh turned in a double-double vs. the Flyers, recording 13 kills (tying career high vs. A-10 opponent) and 11 digs (tying overall career high). She added four blocks.
Sien Gallop is ninth in the A-10 with 0.29 service aces per set.

A LOOK AT DUQUESNE (click here for up-to-date statistics)

• Duquesne has won three of its last four to put itself in position to claim a spot in the A-10 Championship.
• The Dukes rank second in the A-10 with 16.05 digs per set. Senior L Camryn Vecera is second in the individual standings with 4.93 digs per set.
• Junior S Dani Suiter records 9.88 assists per set, good for second in the conference. Suiter also is sixth in service aces per set (0.30).
• Redshirt-sophomore DS Claire Boe is third in the league in service aces (0.35/set); freshman OH Summer Slade is ninth in kills (2.78/set); and senior MH Kori Johnson is 11th in blocks (0.87/set).

A LOOK AT LA SALLE (click here for up-to-date statistics)

• La Salle took a six-match winning streak into Friday night’s match at Dayton.
• The Explorers lead the A-10 with 17.37 digs per set and 1.45 service aces per set. They rank second in kills per set (13.54), attack percentage (.222) and assists per set (12.75).
• Senior L Jensen Sharrits leads the conference with 5.48 digs per set. Sharrits also is 10th in service aces per set (0.28).
• Junior S Kathryn Wood is atop the A-10 with 11.10 assists per set.
• Junior OH Devin Corah ranks third in kills per set (3.94) and sixth in attack percentage (.294) in the league.
• Also among the conference’s top 10 are sophomore OH Samantha Graver, eighth in service aces (0.30/set); junior MB Catherine Edgington, ninth in attack percentage (.278); and senior OH Madison Kuch, 10th in kills (2.69/set).