UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

Patricia Maya follows through after hitting a backhand

Junior Patricia Maya and the women’s tennis team topped NCAA Division I Western Illinois on Saturday to improve to 5-0. Maya has an eight-match winning streak in singles and also picked up a pair of victories in doubles during the week.

UMSL went 4-0 in its final four games in Florida last week including a 2-0 victory over then-No. 7 ranked Grand Valley State. Sophomore Carly Kingery tossed that complete-game six-hit shutout victory, striking out eight. She also picked up a complete game, three-hit shutout over Minnesota-Duluth to finish the week 2-0. Offensively, junior Rachel Matthies tallied eight hits, hitting safely in each contest. She went a combined 6 for 8 at the plate in wins over Mercyhurst and Minnesota-Duluth on Wednesday, driving in four runs. The Tritons (18-6) will host Illinois Springfield on Saturday in their home and Great Lakes Valley Conference opener before welcoming McKendree on Sunday.

The Tritons went 4-2 in Florida last week and scored 17 runs twice – a 17-6 win over Oakland City and a 17-10 win over Ohio Valley. Senior Nick Ulrey batted .542, recording 13 hits, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored. He also reached base on seven other occasions with seven walks. He had at least two hits in each of the six games and drove in at least one in all but one game. UMSL (4-7) travels to Illinois Springfield on Thursday before returning home to host Bellarmine in a three-game series over the weekend with two games being played on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Women’s Tennis
UMSL upended NCAA Division I opponent Western Illinois 6-3 on Saturday after registering a 9-0 victory over Lindenwood earlier in a 2-0 week. Junior Patricia Maya extended her singles win streak to eight matches with a pair of wins at No. 5 and also went 2-0 in doubles at No. 1 with sophomore Salome Bleuler. Freshman Marina Prediger also finished the week 4-0, winning twice at No. 6 singles to move her win streak to seven matches and twice at No. 3 doubles with sophomore Jennifer Hauer. UMSL (5-0) is at Illinois Springfield on Saturday and at Southern Indiana on Sunday.

Men’s Tennis
The No. 43 Tritons lost for the first time this season, falling 5-1 against 34th-ranked Southern Indiana Sunday. The No. 3 doubles team of Dario Vidaurre and Milan Kovacs scored the lone point with an 8-4 win. UMSL returns to action Saturday at Illinois Springfield.

Men’s Golf
UMSL used a school-record-tying round of 275 in its final 18 holes last Monday to finish in a tie for fourth place at its own Las Vegas Desert Classic. The Tritons turned in a team score of 567 (292-275), the second best 36-hole score in program history. They finished 19 strokes behind team champion West Florida (280-268 – 548) in the 18-team field. Individually, junior Markus Lindberg and senior Jose Acevedo both tied for seventh place. Acevedo carded a 67 in his final round, while Lindberg shot a 68. UMSL will return to the links March 27-28 at the North Alabama Classic in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Women’s Golf
UMSL earned a second-place finish at its own Las Vegas Desert Classic last Sunday and Monday. The Tritons turned in a 613 (318-295), two strokes behind team champion Lee (324-287) in the 14-team field. Individually, freshman Emma Thorngren placed second, nabbing her sixth top-five finish in as many tournaments. Thorngren was one of three Tritons to finish in the top five. UMSL is at the Buccaneer Spring Classic hosted by Christian Brothers University today and tomorrow.


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