UMSL Tritons weekly rewind

Tennis player Maja Lietzau returns a ball with her backhand

Junior Maja Lietzau won a pair of singles matches over the weekend to help the women’s tennis team beat Illinois Springfield and Southern Indiana, giving the Tritons three straight dual meet victories.

Women’s Tennis
UMSL won dual meets against Illinois Springfield and Southern Indiana by scores of 5-2 on Friday and Sunday, respectively, running its winnings streak to three. Odette Beagrie, Maja Lietzau, Tara Erler and Clara Lopez Bueno each won their singles matches in both of the Tritons’ victories with Beagrie dropping a second-set tiebreaker in the No. 1 singles match against Illinois Springfield before rallying to win 6-0 in the decisive set. Lietzau won her No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-0 on Sunday. UMSL returns to the court against Maryville at 10 a.m. Tuesday before taking on Northwest Missouri State on Saturday. Both duals will be played at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park.

Men’s Tennis
The Tritons dropped their only match of the week, losing to Illinois Springfield 5-2 on Friday at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center. Raphael Kerndl and Karl Heinrichs secured the only points for the Tritons with Kerndl winning 6-4, 7-6 (10-3) at No. 4 singles and Heinrichs taking the No. 5 singles match 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. The Tritons have dual meets against Maryville and Northwest Missouri State on Tuesday and Saturday, respectively, at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park.

Women’s Golf
Freshman Tove Brunell led UMSL to a fourth-place finish in the Findlay Spring Invitational by tying for fifth individually in the 54-hole tournament held last Monday and Tuesday in Lexington, Kentucky. Brunell carded rounds of 75, 72 and 75 to secure her place on the all-tournament team. Manon Labeur finished alone in 23rd with a total of 232, and Linn Thornqvist and Juliette Lecomte tied for 26th with totals of 234. The Tritons combined to a shoot 918 and finished alongside Tiffin in the 18-team field. UMSL will next play in the Newman Women’s Invitational April 4-5 at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kansas.

Men’s and Women’s Track
Sophomore Jacob Warner, a transfer from Mississippi State, returned to the place he started his college career and placed third in the men’s 5,000-meter race with a time of 14 minutes, 56.21 seconds Friday at the Al Schmidt Bulldog Relays, hosted by Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi. Sean Ede finished 13th in the men’s 5,000. Benjamin VandenBrink posted 19th in the men’s 800 meters and 16th in the men’s 1,500-meter race on Saturday. Kennedy Moore and Lily Wagemann both raced in the women’s 800 meters, finishing 22nd and 23rd respectively, while Kayley Heeter was 21st in the women’s 5,000. UMSL will compete in the Washington University Distance Carnival on Friday.

Softball
The Tritons went 1-3 on a weekend trip to the western side of the state, losing a pair of one-run games at Rockhurst on Saturday in Kansas City before splitting two games with William Jewell on Sunday in Liberty, Missouri. UMSL had gone 7-1 to open Great Lakes Valley Conference play before the 7-6 loss to Rockhurst, and it dropped the second game of the doubleheader 3-2. The Tritons (19-12, 8-4 GLVC) bounced back with a 5-2 win in the opener against William Jewell, scoring five times in the top of the seventh inning to erase a 5-2 deficit. Third baseman Anna VanGundy delivered the go-ahead run with a bases loaded single. Jenna Towle picked up the victory with six scoreless innings of a relief. She had five strikeouts. UMSL only scored two runs despite nine hits in a 6-2 loss to William Jewell in Game 2. The Tritons return home to face Drury in a doubleheader Saturday before hosting a doubleheader against Southwest Baptist on Sunday.

Baseball
UMSL picked up its second victory of the season Saturday, beating William Jewell 13-5 at home, but the Tritons dropped the other three games in the four-game series. UMSL (2-12, 1-1) scored six runs in the second inning of Saturday’s victory, with catcher Ben Beier delivering a three-run home run. Beier added a two-run single in the fourth and finished with five RBI. Jacob Mosher limited William Jewell to two runs in four innings of relief to pick up the victory. UMSL will visit Illinois Springfield for a doubleheader on Tuesday before taking on Southwest Baptist in a four-game series that begins Friday in Bolivar, Missouri.

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