UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
No. 25 UMSL picked up two more victories at home weekend, sweeping Indianapolis on Friday before defeating Bellarmine in four sets on Friday. Sophomore Charlotte Richards averaged 4.00 kills and 3.14 digs per set while senior Kylie Rudsinski added 3.14 kills and 1.14 blocks per set for the Tritons, who have now won nine of their last 10 matches. UMSL (23-3, 8-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference) plays host to Quincy on Friday and Truman State on Saturday to close out the home portion of its schedule.
The Tritons closed out their season with a 2-1 win at Quincy on Sunday after losing 1-0 at Truman State on Friday. In the victory, freshman Courtney Schreiber scored her third goal of the season while the game-winner came on an own goal. The team ends the year with a 5-11-1 overall record, including a 5-9-1 mark in the GLVC.
UMSL lost 1-0 road games at Truman State and at Quincy last weekend to conclude the season. The Tritons end the year with a 6-12 overall record, including 4-11 in the GLVC.
The Tritons lost a 66-51 decision at NCAA DI Eastern Illinois last Wednesday in a preseason tune-up before the season officially tips off this weekend. UMSL held a one-point lead at halftime and led by as many as six twice during the contest, but the Panthers prevailed by pulling away late, outscoring the Tritons 16-0 over the final 5 1/2 minutes. Junior newcomer Yaakema Rose Jr. recorded 16 points and six rebounds. UMSL tips off its 54th season of intercollegiate play Saturday and Sunday at the GLVC/GMAC Crossover, hosted by Tiffin University in Ohio.
UMSL concluded the fall portion of its schedule with a third-place finish at the McDonough Cup, hosted by Rollins College last Monday and Tuesday. The Tritons turned in a combined score of 882 (296-291-295), their second-lowest 54-hole score of the season. Individually, sophomore Joel Sylven tied for fourth place with a 213 (74-68-71), notching his third top-five finish this fall. UMSL opens its spring schedule February 17-18 at the Newberry Invitational in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
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