Marina Prediger, Ben-Hur Kasprzak

Marina Prediger and Ben-Hur Kasprzak each concluded careers as the most winning singles players in school history as the UMSL tennis teams fell in the GLVC semifinals.

Women’s Tennis
UMSL saw its season come to an end in the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship tournament on Saturday with a 4-0 loss to top-ranked Indianapolis. The Tritons defeated Illinois Springfield, 4-0, in their quarterfinal match. Graduate student Marina Prediger, a three-time All-GLVC pick, ends her career with 92 singles victories, a program record.

Men’s Tennis
The Tritons ended their season on Saturday with a 4-0 loss to 22nd-ranked Southwest Baptist in the semifinals of the GLVC Championship tournament. UMSL defeated Lewis, 4-0, in the quarterfinals. Prior to the tournament, graduate student Ben-Hur Kasprzak and freshman Marcos Navas were named to the All-GLVC Team. Kasprzak becomes the program’s first four-time selection and graduates with a program-best 71 career singles wins.

UMSL went 2-2 in its final weekend of the season, sweeping Southern Indiana on Friday before suffering a pair of shutouts at McKendree on Saturday. Sophomore Annie Scaramuzzi went 4-for-8 at the plate in the two wins and also picked up the win in the circle in game two. The Tritons lost a tiebreaker with Illinois Springfield for the No. 8 seed in this week’s eight-team GLVC Tournament and saw their season end with a 19-23 record.

The Tritons won their first series of the year, taking three of four games from visiting McKendree. Sophomore Nick Torres tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout in the opener, striking out a career-high six, while freshman Leighton Keller led the offense by batting .643, recording nine hits, including three doubles and a home run. UMSL will wrap up its regular season with a four-game series at Lindenwood beginning on Friday.

Mary Ann Mitchell

Mary Ann Mitchell