BILLIKEN VOLLEYBALL: Billiken Invitational
WHEN: Sept. 15-16, 2017
WHERE: St. Louis, Missouri (Chaifetz Pavilion)
WHO: DePaul (9/15 at 7 p.m.) | Little Rock (9/16 at Noon) | Louisiana Tech (9/16 at 7 p.m.)
LIVE VIDEO: DePaul | Little Rock | Louisiana Tech
LIVE STATS: DePaul | Little Rock | Louisiana Tech
SLU vs. DePaul - Series tied 16-16
- SLU won last meeting on 10/29/04, 3-1 (32-30, 30-25, 25-30, 30-16)
SLU vs. Little Rock - SLU leads all-time series 5-1
- SLU won last meeting on 8/28/05, 3-1 (22-30, 30-28, 30-20, 30-24)
SLU vs. Louisiana Tech - SLU leads all-time series 1-0
- SLU won last meeting on 9/11/99, 3-1 (13-15, 15-10, 15-8, 15-7)
A LOOK AT THE BILLIKENS
• The Billikens enter the tournament 1-9 on the year. Saint Louis is coming off a four-set win over Western Illinois. Nenye Okoro led the Billikens with 19 kills and 22 digs in the match. Sien Gallop added 15 kills and had six aces against the Leathernecks. A pair of freshmen impressed in the match as Maya Taylor posted 14 kills with a .323 attack percentage and Kennedy Cordia collected 55 assists.
• Nenye Okoro leads the 2017 Billikens with 110 kills (3.06 per set).
• Maya Taylor is posting 2.83 kills per set with a team-leading .267 attack percentage.
• Saint Louis middle blocker Lauren Mershon leads the Billikens with 24 blocks. Close behind her is Nenye Okoro with 20 blocks.
• Head coach Kent Miller won his 100th match as a Billiken with the victory on Tuesday. He is the third SLU skipper to achieve 100 wins, joining Anne Kordes and Marilyn Nolen.
• Sophomore Sien Gallop is excelling at the service line this season with 25 aces, second in the NCAA. She leads the country with .81 aces per set.
• Mackenzie Long is seventh all-time at Saint Louis with 1,165 career digs. She is one of 18 Billikens to surpass 1,000 career digs.
• Nenye Okoro has a chance to eclipse 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs this season (currently 791 career kills and 833 career digs). If she does, she will be the 15th Billiken to amass 1,000 kills, the 19th with 1,000 career digs and the seventh to reach both milestones.
• Junior setter Camila Rivas leads SLU with 229 assists (7.90 per set). Freshman Kennedy Cordia has seen time at setter as well, and has 121 assists (4.65 per set).
• Freshman Maya Taylor was the 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year in Idaho. She also is a four-time All-State performer and a 2016 Prep Volleyball All-American.
• Freshman setter Kennedy Cordia comes to Saint Louis from Francis Howell in St. Louis, the same high school as Billiken great Danielle Rygelski. Cordia is a 2016 Prep Volleyball All-American and was nominated for the Andi Collins Award for the nation’s best high school setter.
• The Billikens earned an AVCA Team Academic award after posting a 3.35 GPA during the 2016 season.
A LOOK AT
• The Blue Demons are 3-6 after picking up a 3-0 victory at Loyola-Chicago on Tuesday.
• Brittany Maxwell leads the team with 108 kills (3.38 per set).
• Caitlyn Coffey has the top attack percentage for DePaul at .368 (2.28 kills per set).
• The Blue Demons run a two-setter offense with Kelsey Horvath (6.05 assists per set) and Katie Dolan (7.67 assists per set) directing the attack.
• Defensively, Haley Bueser posts 3.78 digs per set and Coffey has a team-best 28 blocks.
A LOOK AT LITTLE ROCK
• The Trojans are 3-6, going 1-2 at the Holiday Inn Express SFA Volleyball Invitational last weekend.
• Little Rock is led at the net by the duo of Veronica Marin (2.64 kills per set) and Marina Avram (2.45 kills per set).
• Marin leads the team with a .404 attack percentage.
• Taylor Lindberg leads the team with 9.18 assists per set.
• On the back row, Sydnee Martin leads with 4.27 digs per set.
• Marin is a force defensively, posting 46 blocks this season (43rd in the NCAA).
A LOOK AT LOUISIANA TECH
• The Lady Techsters are 4-6 overall with a sweep of Jackson State on Tuesday in their last time out.
• La Tech is led by Gina Cortesi with 2.89 kills per set and Marta Monne with 2.47 kills per set.
• Madeline Davis has a team-best .315 attack percentage.
• Brook Short is the setter with 7.66 assists per set.
• Jacie McClure (4.03 digs per set) and Monne (3.16 digs per set) are the top passers for the Lady Techsters.
• Davis is the top blocker with 42 blocks this season.