How it Happened
After dropping a close first set to the Billikens (28-26), Rhode Island opened the second set on a tear, claiming 13 of the first 17 points to set the tone early. Marie Gillcrist had four service aces during that stretch, including three in a row off SLU defensive specialist Mackenzie Long. The Rams maintained the pace throughout the remainder of the set, winning 25-15 to even things up at one apiece.
Saint Louis (11-14, 8-4 A-10) returned the favor after the break however, taking the third set by a score of 25-13.
Rhody (10-15, 5-8 A-10) and SLU kept it tight in the fourth set with neither team leading by more than three until the Billikens pulled ahead 22-18. The teams traded points the rest of the way and Saint Louis eventually grabbed the 25-21 win to defeat Rhode Island for the second time this season.
Inside the Box Score
- Sophomore Jenna McGuire matched her career-high with 13 kills on the afternoon.
- Senior Marie Gillcrist recorded a match- and career-high six services to go along with seven kills and three block assists.
- Junior Lauren Pick finished with 25 assists, four kills, two digs, one block and one ace.
- Senior Kylee Wolfe led the team in digs, with 13. Classmate Jessie Blaze added nine.
- As a team, the Rams combined for just 33 kills, compared to the Billikens' 62.
- SLU's Sien Gallop (25) and Maya Taylor (17) combined for 42 of the team's 62 kills.
Stat of the Match
- 6 - The six service aces by Marie Gillcrist tie her with URI Hall of Famer Kengy Gardiner (1991) for the third-most in a single match in program history. Only Caitie Steffen (7-2014) and Sue Scott (11-1986) recorded more aces in a match.
The Rams return home to Keaney Gym Friday night, when they will host Fordham in the regular-season finale. Prior to the start of the match, the Rams will hold a brief ceremony to honor their five graduating seniors: Jessie Blaze, Rachel Lynne Cox, Marie Gillcrist, Sam Roberts and Kylee Wolfe.