UMSL volleyball

The eight-ranked volleyball team closed out the regular season with its ninth straight victory and secured the No. 2 seed in this week’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

UMSL, ranked No. 8 nationally, closed out the regular season by winning three matches at home, defeating Truman State, Maryville and Lindenwood to improved to 15-2, all against Great Lakes Valley Conference competition. The Tritons extended their winning streak to nine matches and finish with an 8-0 home record. Junior Charlotte Richards averaged 4.50 kills and 3.60 digs per set, while junior Megan Woll averaged 6.30 digs per set. UMSL will be seeded second when it opens GLVC Tournament play at 2 p.m. on Friday against No. 7 seed Rockhurst.

Women’s Soccer
The Tritons (5-4-4) upset eight-ranked McKendree 2-1 on Friday before a scoreless draw at GLVC leader Southern Indiana for their seventh shutout of the season. Juniors Mia Milazzo and Jalyn Richardson had goals in the win, while senior Amber Hayes made a combined 11 saves on the weekend in goal. UMSL hosts No. 24 Indianapolis on Friday in the regular-season finale.

Men’s Soccer
A McKendree goal 8.3 seconds in Friday’s match stunned UMSL, and it never recovered in a 1-0 loss. The Tritons then suffered a 3-1 setback at Southern Indiana on Sunday. UMSL (7-4-2) will take on fourth-ranked Indianapolis on Friday to close out the regular season.

The Tritons (7-20, 5-15 GLVC) salvaged a weekend split with visiting Indianapolis sweeping a pair of games agains the Greyhounds, 8-5 and 6-5. UMSL scored five unanswered runs in the nightcap to rally for the victory with four of them coming in the eighth inning. Jared Bryant‘s two-out RBI single on a 3-2 count drove in John Hilpert for the go-ahead run. The Tritons will play a four-game series at Maryville Friday-Sunday.

UMSL (11-19, 6-10 GLVC) won the opening game of a doubleheader at Drury 6-1 on Sunday before dropping Game 2 5-4. Sophomore Annie Scaramuzzi had a two-run homer in the win, while junior Mimi Bradley tossed the complete game five-hitter. The second game saw a solo home run from sophomore Jenna Towle and a three-run shot from junior Corinne Daley. The Tritons are at Southwest Baptist on Monday before returning home to host Missouri S&T and Maryville on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Men’s Tennis
Senior Ben-Hur Kasprzak became the program’s all-time career singles wins leader on Sunday as the Tritons opened GLVC play with a 6-1 win over Quincy. Kasprzak recorded a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 to earn his 67th career victory. UMSL (3-3, 1-0 GLVC) will play host to Washington University on Tuesday before traveling to Southwest Baptist and Drury on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Women’s Tennis
The Tritons (6-2, 2-0 GLVC)  lost a 4-3 decision to Washington University in St. Louis earlier in the week, but opened GLVC play with wins over Truman State and Quincy. The Tritons are at Southwest Baptist and Drury on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Track and Field
UMSL had a pair of runner-up finishes in the 5,000-meter run to highlight action at the John Creer Invitational, hosted by Lindenwood on Sunday. Freshman Kayley Heeter came in second on the women’s side, and freshman Benjamin VandenBrink took second on the men’s side.

Women’s Golf
UMSL entered Monday’s final 18 holes of its own Triton Invitational with a 13-stroke over Missouri S&T in the 17-team field. Individually, senior Emma Thorngren sits in a three-way tie for first place.

Men’s Golf
Senior Chris Ferris earned medalist honors for the first time in his career at The Mule, held last Monday and Tuesday and hosted by Central Missouri. Ferris shot a 54-hole career-best 210 (74-67-69), finishing even on the par-70 course along with three other golfers, but won on the two-round playoff hole. As a team, UMSL was 10th in the 23-team field. The Tritons are at the Ken Partridge Invitational today and tomorrow.

Mary Ann Mitchell

Mary Ann Mitchell