UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL secured its first 20-win season since 2010 and clinched a spot in next weekend’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament after a 3-0 week that included victories over Maryville (3-0), Indianapolis (3-1) and Southern Indiana (3-2). Senior setter Madyson Abeyta averaged 11.25 assists and 2.67 digs per set while adding five blocks, nine kills and four service aces. Sophomore Selena Nolte averaged 4.25 kills and hit at a .339 clip. The Tritons (20-7, 10-6 GLVC) wrap up the regular season this week with a Tuesday match at McKendree before playing host to Illinois Springfield on Saturday.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
The teams competed at the Drury Invite, held Friday and Saturday in Springfield, Missouri. The women placed third among four teams competing and finished fifth in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a season-best time. The men were fourth among five teams and had a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. UMSL returns to the pool at 1 p.m. Saturday, playing host to Lindenwood.
The Tritons wrapped up their fall schedule by finishing second at the CBU Super Regional, hosted by Christian Brothers University last Monday and Tuesday at Germantown Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee. They turned in a combined score of 941 (316-314-311), finishing only behind Nova Southeastern in the eight-team field. Senior Stefaniya Ivanova was named GLVC Women’s Golf Player of the Week after tying for fourth place individually with a 227 (76-73-78).
UMSL split a pair of exhibition games against NCAA Division I competition, knocking off Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friday before falling to Northwestern on Sunday. Senior Jordan Fletcher scored 17 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 24 seconds remaining, in the 58-55 victory at SIUE in her team’s exhibition opener. Freshman Alex LaPorta added 13 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in her collegiate debut. Fletcher had a team-high 11 points and seven rebounds in Sunday’s 59-40 loss to the Wildcats. The Tritons officially open the season at home this weekend, hosting Davenport on Friday and Grand Valley State on Saturday.
Four players scored in double figures, including 15 points from junior Johnathan Mathews, as UMSL cruised to a 93-52 victory over Fontbonne Saturday evening in a charity exhibition game benefiting United for Puerto Rico. The Tritons overcame a slow start and outscored the Griffins 16-5 over the final 5:30 of the opening half to take a 41-25 lead at intermission. The Tritons will open their season Friday and Saturday at the GLVC-GLIAC Challenge in Big Rapids, Michigan. UMSL will face Grand Valley State and 10th-ranked Ferris State.
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