How It Happened
Rhode Island's offensive balance proved stronger than the singular talent of Danielle Rygelski as the Rams held off Saint Louis 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-22, 26-24) Saturday night.
Rygelski – who entered the weekend averaging an Atlantic 10-best 5.74 kills per set – tied her own career best with 33 kills. It marked the most in any A-10 match this season, and it was the sixth time this season Rygelski has had 26 or more kills in a match this year.
However, the Rams (10-8, 5-1 A-10) ended the match by forcing an attack error by Rygelski, as Layne Self and Callan Kinnan combined for a block that clinched the victory. With the win, Rhody – which had four players with at least nine kills – claimed sole possession of second place in the conference. The Rams rebounded well from their first league loss of the season to Dayton Friday night. Saint Louis fell to 8-12 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Audrey Castro had a team-high 16 kills, leaving her just two shy of 600 for her career.
- Senior Callan Kinnan had 44 assists. She reached double digits in three of the four sets, getting 12 in the first set, 10 in third and 13 in the fourth.
- Junior Kylee Wolfe had 12 kills and six digs, while Layne Self added 10 kills and five block assists.
- Junior Sam Roberts had nine kills, just missing her second straight double-digit match.
- Sophomore Olivia Budinich had eight digs and three service aces. Junior Jessie Blaze added six digs.
Stat of the Match
33 – Saint Louis senior Danielle Rygelski had 33 kills, matching her own mark for most by an A-10 player in a match this season.
Rhode Island starts a string of four road matches in their next five events. The swing starts when the Rams head to La Salle Friday, Oct. 14 and then to Duquesne Sunday, Oct. 16.