St. Louis Quest
The St. Louis Quest seem to like the Washington University Field House. How else to explain the team’s 4-0 start on their hometown hardwood?
However, up until this Tuesday the Quest were also a painful 0-5 on the road in United States Professional Volleyball play. But that all changed at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids when St. Louis downed the host team by a score of 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 20-25, 15-9).
The Quest now sit in second place in the conference standings with 14 points, 7 behind the league-leading Minnesota Chill.
Benishe Roberts and Sarah Butler lead the way for St. Louis. Roberts leads the USPV in blocks with 3.8 per match, ranks third in kills with 11.1, and also is among the league’s top ten in digs and aces. Butler ranks just behind her teammate with 10.9 kills per match and gives the team a different kind of threat as an outside hitter.
The Quest, whose epic odyssey to the Hilltop Campus began last June when St. Louis was awarded a flagship franchise, may or may not be here to stay.
But the team has been averaging approximately 1,200 fans per home match and the novelty doesn’t seem to be wearing off. A mixture of enthusiastic grade-school girls, disgruntled Blues fans, and curious students have made for a colorful game-time ambience.
Tonight, the Chicago Thunder venture into Quest-land to try to put a dent on that perfect home record. With only four teams in the USPV, the squads quickly become familiar with one another. Yet St. Louis has only faced off against Chicago once thus far, resulting in a 3-0 shellacking at the hands of the Thunder on February 15 in the Windy City.
Payback may well be in the air as the Quest continues. Volleyball may not be the sexiest option for starting off your Friday night, but you might be surprised.
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