UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
A historic season came to an end Thursday as UMSL, ranked No. 22 and seeded No. 3, lost 3-0 against No. 23 and sixth-seeded Michigan Tech in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament in Romeoville, Illinois. The Tritons hit a season-low .0.25, while Michigan Tech connected at a .214 clip and tallied nine blocks and seven service aces in its 25-16, 25-12, 25-16 victory. UMSL still finished the year with a 29-5 record, the most wins since 1991, and qualified for the NCAA Regional for only the fourth time. Sophomore Charlotte Richards recorded a team-high eight kills in Thursday’s loss while sophomore Megan Woll posted a match-high 24 digs. The match marked the end of the careers of seniors Selena Nolte, Kylie Rudsinski, Amanda Vollmer, Madsy Richards and Morgan Childers. Nolte leaves the program as the all-time kills leader (1,469), while Rudsinski leaves ranking third in kills (1,243) and ninth in total blocks (295), including sixth in block assists (271).
UMSL ran its win streak to seven games with two victories last week, including a 93-69 victory over Lindenwood in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener. The Tritons also picked up a 92-48 win over Missouri Baptist, which gave seventh-year head coach Bob Sundvold his 100th win at UMSL. Senior Jalen Wilkins-McCoy averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 76.2 percent from the field. UMSL (8-1, 1-0 GLVC) is idle for final exams this week and returns to the court December 18-19 with games in Puerto Rico.
UMSL suffered a 78-70 overtime loss to Lindenwood last week. UMSL recorded a season-high 15 steals in the loss. Junior Danielle Berry equaled a season-high 20 points while adding six rebounds, five assists and four steals. UMSL (3-4, 0-1) is idle until December 16 when they travel to Culver Stockton.
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