UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
UMSL dominated Illinois Springfield and Southern Indiana last week to advance to the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament final, but the second-seeded Tritons couldn’t overcome top-seeded Lewis, losing 25-17, 18-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11 in East Peoria, Illinois. The fourth set was tied at 21 when the Flyers ran off three straight points to gain the upper hand. They also opened a 12-4 lead in the fifth set before hanging on to win. First-team all-conference honorees Charlotte Richards, Kaileen Herman and Megan Woll led UMSL with 21 kills, 50 assists and 32 digs, respectively. The Tritons (24-8, 15-3 GLVC) are waiting to see if they’ll receive a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The bracket will be unveiled at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The Tritons suffered their first loss of the young season on Friday, falling to top-ranked Northwest Missouri State 78-65 in their opening game in the Hillyard Classic, but they bounced back quickly, beating hosting Missouri Western 72-67 on Saturday in St. Joseph, Missouri. Senior forward Jose Grubbs scored a team-high 19 points for UMSL in the loss to the Bearcats. Senior forward Marty Jackson paced three players in double figures in the victory over the Griffons. The Tritons (3-1) will play in the Maryville Thanksgiving Classic, taking on Lincoln on Tuesday and East-West on Wednesday.
Freshman guard Mallory Ronshausen went 7 for 9 from 3-point range and finished with 21 points on Saturday to propel UMSL to a 73-58 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan in the Tritons’ home opener at Mark Twain Athletic Center. UMSL took control of the game with a 20-3 run in the second quarter and outscored the Panthers 39-34 after intermission. Senior center Kiara Stewart had 17 points, and senior forward Alex LaPorta added 16. The Tritons (2-1) will take on Trevecca Nazarene at home on Wednesday.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming
The men’s and women’s teams both won dual meets against Truman State over the weekend in Kirksville, Missouri. The men beat the Bulldogs 1,632.5-1,152.5 while the women edged the hosts 1,496-1,479. Sergio Santisteban raced to first-place finishes in the 1,000- and 500-yard freestyle and also won the 400 individual medley with teammates Conley Savage and Ian Heye rounding out the top three. Austin Stevenson won the 100 breaststroke and 50 and 100 freestyle races and joined winning teams in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, and 400 medley relay. Jon Osa won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events and was part of winning UMSL teams in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. On the women’s side, Zara Konstapel won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, Stephanie Schoeman won the 200 individual medley and Rebecca Bechtel won the 1,000 freestyle. UMSL will next compete against Missouri S&T and Maryville on Dec. 17.
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