BILLIKEN VOLLEYBALL: Saint Louis at BYU Invitational

WHEN: August 25-26, 2017 | BYU (8/25 at 1 p.m.) | Ohio State (8/25 at 6:30 p.m.) | UTRGV (8/26 at Noon)
WHERE: Provo, Utah
WHO: Saint Louis, #10 BYU, #21 Ohio State, UTRGV
SLU-BYU SERIES: BYU leads all-time series 2-0 | BYU won last meeting 3-0 (17-25, 11-25, 14-25) [9/14/17]
SLU-OSU SERIES: First Meeting
SLU-UTRGV SERIES: Saint Louis leads all-time series 3-0 | SLU won last meeting 3-0 (15-5, 15-4, 15-6) [9/10/99]


• Saint Louis opens the 2017 season with the BYU Invitational. The Billikens take on #10 BYU, #21 Ohio State and UTRGV.
• The Billikens return four starters and the libero from last year's team that fell in five sets in the A-10 Championship match.
• Mackenzie Long returns as the team's libero. She led the Billikens with 423 digs (3.55 per set) last year. 
• SLU also returns Nenye Okoro, who was hampered by injury last year. Okoro posted 2.00 kills per set last year and has 681 career kills and 740 career digs.
• The Billikens have two setters on roster: returning starter Camila Rivas and freshman Kennedy Cordia. Rivas led the Billikens with 649 assists (7.13 per set) last year. Cordia was an Andi Collins award nominee last season. The Collins award is bestowed to the top high school setter in the country.
• Saint Louis has two new outside hitters this season in transfer Sien Gallop and freshman Maya Taylor. Gallop comes to SLU from Pacific and Taylor was a four-time All-State performer at Idaho Falls. 
• The Billikens are led by head coach Kent Miller in his seventh season at the helm. He has a 99-84 mark at SLU.

• BYU returns five starters from last year's team that won its third-consecutive WCC title and earned a No. 8 ranking in the final AVCA national poll.
• BYU relies on 2016 WCC Freshman of the Year McKenna Miller, who compiled 3.89 kills per set last year. 
• Lyndie Haddock returns as the Cougar setter after recording 10.26 assists per set in 2016.
• The BYU libero will be Mary Lake, who set a Cougar record with 4.68 digs per set last year.
• Heather Olmstead enters her third year as the head coach at BYU. She has a 57-8 career mark as the BYU head coach.

• Ohio State finished the 2016 season with a 22-13 record, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament, falling in the regional semifinals.
• Junior Audra Appold (349 kills, 2.96 per set) and senior Luisa Schirmer (364 kills, 2.76 per set) return as the top attackers for OSU.
• Junior setter Taylor Hughes posted 9.57 assists per set last season.
• Ohio State is led by head coach Geoff Carlston, who enters his 10th season with the Buckeyes.
• Former SLU assistant coach Ben Spurlock is in his first year as an assistant at Ohio State.

• UTRGV (formerly Texas-Pan American) finished last season 21-14, advancing to the NCAA tournament first round.
• The Vaqueros won the 2016 WAC tournament championship, the first No. 5 seed to accomplish the feat.
• UTRGV is led by the duo of Bojana Mitrovic (WAC Preseason Player of the Year) and Ragni Steen Knudsen (Pressaon All-Conference Team).
• Mitrovic is one of the top defensive players in UTRGV history. She has 146 career block assists and 158 total blocks (12th all-time at UTRGV).
• Knudson had 471 kills with a .229 hitting percentage in 2016.