UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL’s season came to an end Sunday in a 2-0 loss to three-time defending national champion Grand Valley State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Allendale, Mich. But it was a successful season for the Tritons (13-5-1), who picked up their first NCAA victory since 1982 on Friday with a 1-0 victory over Rockhurst in double overtime. Senior Miriam Taylor scored the winning goal in a match that gave UMSL its 13th victory, the most the program has had since 2003.
UMSL closed out the regular season with three wins last week to clinch a spot in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament and also run its win streak to five matches. The Tritons defeated Maryville, Missouri S&T and Drury, all by 3-1 scores. Senior Gaylynn Jones averaged 2.5 kills and 3.75 digs per set, while junior Danielle Waedekin averaged 5.17 digs and 2.17 assists per set. Waedekin also moved into second place on the single-season charts with 572 digs. UMSL (18-11, 12-6 GLVC), which has the program’s most wins both overall and in the GLVC since 2011, begins GLVC Tournament play on Friday against McKendree.
UMSL opened the season by hosting the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge last weekend. The Tritons lost 73-61 in their opener to Ferris State but bounced back to record a 56-51 win over Grand Valley State. Senior Hunter Reine tallied 17 points and 17 rebounds in the loss while junior Steven Davis recorded 13 points with four 3-pointers in the victory. The Tritons (1-1) will host Robert Morris-Peoria on Tuesday before traveling to Indiana State on Saturday.
UMSL opened the season with a 42-31 win at Trevecca Nazarene on Friday but lost 72-66 against Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday. Junior Jordan Fletcher averaged 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while senior Robneisha Lee also averaged 9.0 points per game. The Tritons (1-1) travel to Lincoln on Friday night.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
The UMSL men won four events and earned runner-up finishes in two others while competing against Lindenwood and Maryville last Saturday. Freshman Gabriel Jimenez anchored the winning 400-yard freestyle relay and won the 50-yard freestyle. The 400 medley relay team of Agnieszka Blocka, Sofia Pilarska, Hannah Shaljo and Marina Villoch provided the biggest highlight for the women’s team, setting a school record, while Pilarska was second in the 50 freestyle and Blocka was third in the 100 freestyle. UMSL returns to the pool next weekend at the Missouri S&T Triangular in Rolla, Mo.
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