2016-17 YEAR IN REVIEW: COMPETITION BILLIKEN STUDENT-ATHLETES EXCEL IN THE FIELDS OF COMPETITION. HERE IS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2016-17 ATHLETICS SEASON – starting in the fall semester and ending in the spring semester.

The volleyball team advanced to the 2016 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship match, which was hosted at SLU.

Senior Danielle Rygelski was an AVCA All-American and the A-10 Player of the Year. In addition, she was the NCAA statistical champion with 715 kills, an NCAA record.

The men's soccer team captured the 2016 Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season championship. It was the 17th conference title in team history.

SLU head coach Mike McGinty was named A-10 Coach of the Year for a third time during his tenure on the Billikens' sideline.

The Billikens' 2017 schedule will be ranked among the most exciting schedules in the country. Three of the four College Cup teams from a season ago visit Hermann Stadium this upcoming season.

The men's cross country team had its best season in school history. They won three meets during the season and finished third in the A-10 meet, its best finish ever.

Courtney Link won the individual title at the Forest Park XC Festival, guiding the Billikens to the team title as well.

The women's soccer team posted 14 wins, tied for the third-highest total in program history. Additionally, SLU was the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.

Kacey Bright was tabbed the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year as the Billikens led the A-10 in shutouts.

The culture surrounding the Billikens' field hockey program continues to take shape under head coach Danielle Baumgardner. Last season, the Billikens defeated Missouri State and Central Michigan.

Head coach Danielle Baumgardner

The women's basketball team appeared in the WNIT for a second consecutive season. The Billikens have won 51 games the past two seasons, more than any other A-10 basketball program – women or men.

Jackie Kemph was named the A-10 Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. She is already the Billikens' all-time assists leader.
Sadie Stipanovich became the program's all-time leading scorer.

The men's basketball team won six of its last seven home games to finish with a 10-8 record at Chaifetz Arena.

Head coach Travis Ford and leading scorer Davell Roby

With a pair of top 100 recruits and five transfers into the fold for 2017-18, the Billikens are entering the 2017-18 season with high expectations.

Women's swimmer Mina Glenesk captured the A-10 individual title in the 1650 freestyle.
The Billikens' 800-yard freestyle relay brought home the gold medal at the A-10 Championships.

The men's indoor track and field team finished fourth in the A-10 Indoor Championships, its best finish ever.

The Billikens' 4x800-meter relay team placed third overall at the A-10 Indoor Championships.
Manuel De Backer and Hiob Gebisso were two of five men's track and field student-athletes who medaled at the 2017 A-10 Indoor Championships.

The baseball team registered another 30-plus win season and hosted the A-10 Baseball Championship, where the Billikens advanced to the semifinals.

Miller Hogan was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2017 MLB Draft but did not sign with the organization.
Head coach Darin Hendrickson won his 300th game as a Billiken this season.

The women's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the A-10 Tournament.

David Ferragut became the first Billiken men's tennis player in school history to collect two A-10 first-team All-Conference nods.

The softball team finished with 25 wins and qualified for the A-10 Championship.

Alex Nickel graduated as the Billikens' all-time leader in batting average, home runs and walks.

The men's track and field team again posted a top finish in school history, placing fourth in the A-10 Outdoor Championships while breaking the school record for points scored.

Manuel De Backer had two runner-up finishes in the A-10 Outdoor Championship and qualified for the NCAA west preliminary round in the 10,000 meters.
Ann Harlos qualified for the NCAA west preliminary round in the 400-meter hurdles.

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE BILLIKENS' A-10 ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS DURING THE 2016-17 SEASON (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)

Kacey Bright | Women's Soccer | First-team All-Conference | A-10 Defensive Player of the Years
Juan Calero | Men's Tennis | Second-team All-Conference
Aspen Cervin | Women's Tennis | First-team All-Conference
Manuel De Backer | Men's Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field | All-Conference
David Ferragut | Men's Tennis | First-team All-Conference
Neal Fitzpatrick | Men's Cross Country | All-Conference
Hiob Gebisso | Men's Outdoor Track and Field | All-Conference
Mina Glenesk | Women's Swimming and Diving | All-Conference | Champion – 1650-yard Freestyle
Ann Harlos | Women's Outdoor Track and Field | All-Conference
Miller Hogan | Baseball | Second-team All-Conference
Max Karcher | Men's Soccer | Second-team All-Conference
Jackie Kemph | Women's Basketball | First-team All-Conference | A-10 Player of the Year
Trent Leimkuehler | Baseball | Second-team All-Conference
Devin Mahoney | Baseball | Second-team All-Conference
Ryan McCoy | Men's Swimming and Diving | All-Conference
Saadiq Mohammed | Men's Soccer | All-Rookie Team
Quayyum Murana | Men's Soccer | All-Rookie Team
Mary Niehaus | Women's Soccer | First-team All-Conference
Alex Nickel | Softball | First-team All-Conference
Mackenzie Peter | Softball | Second-team All-Conference
Maddie Pokorny | Women's Soccer | Second-team All-Conference
Matt Prest | Men's Cross Country | All-Conference
Michael Reader | Men's Outdoor Track and Field | All-Conference
Courtney Reimer | Women's Soccer | All-Rookie Team
Danielle Rygelski | Volleyball | First-team All-Conference | A-10 Player of the Year
Joe Saad | Men's Soccer | Second-team All-Conference
Shaney Sakamoto | Women's Soccer | Second-team All-Conference
Sadie Stipanovich | Women's Basketball | First-team All-Conference
Eleonore Tchakarova | Women's Tennis | First-team All-Conference
Verginie Tchakarova | Women's Tennis | Second-team All-Conference
Danielle Tolmais | Women's Soccer | First-team All-Conference
Isaiah Williams | Men's Swimming and Diving | All-Conference

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