UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL is off to its best start since 2002, improving to 7-1 on the season after going 4-0 at last weekend’s Last Minute Challenge, hosted by Lindenwood. The Tritons were scheduled to be in Miami, but Hurricane Irma forced the Tritons and several other schools to change their plans, resulting in Lindenwood agreeing to host a last-minute tournament. UMSL defeated West Texas A&M (3-1), Bridgeport (3-0), Truman State (3-2) and Lindenwood (3-1). Sophomore Kylie Rudsinski averaged 2.75 kills and 0.94 blocks per set while senior Danielle Waedekin averaged 5.25 digs per set. The Tritons open Great Lakes Valley Conference play at home on Thursday, hosting Bellarmine, before traveling across town to Maryville on Saturday.
The Tritons began GLVC play with a pair of victories last week, beating No. 21 Southern Indiana 2-0 at home and shutting out McKendree 3-0 on the road. Senior Pat Ries scored three goals in the two wins, including two at McKendree, while senior Jake Schmidt played all 180 minutes in goal, notching the shutouts. UMSL (3-1-1, 2-0 GLVC) travels to Indianapolis on Friday and to Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday.
UMSL suffered a 2-0 loss to Southern Indiana on Friday and a 3-1 setback at McKendree on Sunday as the Tritons opened GLVC play. Senior Emily Mosier scored the team’s lone goal. UMSL (1-2-1, 0-2 GLVC) travels to Indianapolis on Friday and to Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunday.
Men’s and Women’s Tennis
The Tritons tennis teams both picked up 9-0 victories over Missouri Baptist last Thursday in their home openers before competing at the UIS Invitational on Friday and Saturday. For the men, senior Kristoffer Lindal won the C flight singles and teamed with freshman Vitor Monteiro to win the A flight doubles at the UIS Invite. Junior Rob White and sophomore Nathan Pinto also delivered UMSL a win in the B flight doubles. The women, meanwhile, swept all the singles and doubles championships with junior Salome Bleuler (A singles), senior Annie Hays (B singles), Bleuer/senior Patricia Maya (A doubles) and sophomore Janet Auclair/freshman Leticia Lunge (B doubles) all winning titles. The men return to the court this weekend at the ITA Regional in Allendale, Michigan, while the women are idle until their ITA Regional beginning Sept. 22.
The 18th-ranked Tritons opened the season last Tuesday with a runner-up finish at the Arch Cup. UMSL shot a field-best second round score of 283, rallying a first-round score of 301 that left the team in fourth place. The Tritons finished two strokes behind team champion Lindenwood with a score of 584 in the 11-team field. Senior Markus Lindberg led UMSL with a third-place finish, turning in a score of 142 (74-68). The Tritons next play Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Kyle Riman Memorial in Tiffin, Ohio.
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