ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis has been picked third in the Atlantic 10 volleyball preseason coaches poll, the league announced today. The Billikens finished third in the A-10 regular season last year and advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship match.

Defending champion Dayton was selected to repeat with 99 votes (nine first-place votes) with VCU picked second with 84 votes (one first-place vote). Following Saint Louis (77 votes) was Rhode Island (69), Duquesne (67), George Washington (45), Davidson (38), Fordham (36), La Salle (19) and George Mason (16).

The Billikens return four starters and a libero from last year’s team that finished 18-14 and took Dayton to five sets in the Atlantic 10 Championship match. They open the 2017 regular season this weekend when Saint Louis travels to Provo, Utah, to take on #10 BYU, #21 Ohio State and UTRGV in the BYU Invitational.