Rams Knock Off Saint Louis in Four Sets

Rams Knock Off Saint Louis in Four Sets

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.

What's Next
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.