The University of Missouri–St. Louis volleyball team clinched a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season title by upsetting No. 25 Lewis 28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19 on Saturday afternoon at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. It was the 10th straight league victory for the Tritons (20-5, 11-1 GLVC), who shared the regular-season title with Quincy. UMSL will be the No. 2 seed when the GLVC Tournament begins Thursday at Eastside Centre in East Peoria, Illinois. Charlotte Richards, Hailey Flowers and Mya Elliott each finished with 12 kills for the Tritons. Richards also had a team-high 24 digs, and Caitlin Bishop added 45 assists. UMSL, which beat Lewis for the first time since 2010, will take on No. 7 seed Illinois Springfield in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The Tritons season came to an end Friday night when they fell 2-1 against fifth-seeded Illinois Springfield in the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament at McKendree’s Leemon Field in Lebanon, Illinois. UMSL outplayed the Prairie Stars in the first half, outshooting them 5-1 and taking a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Maya Ware in the 23rd minute. But the Tritons couldn’t add to their advantage and were unable to hold off Illinois Springfield in the second half. The Prairie Stars got goals from Dani Auble and Ally Lassetter less than two minutes apart, with Lassetter beating UMSL goalie Paige Schwartz with the go-ahead goal off the bottom of the crossbar with 11:31 remaining. Schwartz finished with three saves. The Tritons ended their season 6-7-5.
Men’s Cross Country
Junior Benjamin VandenBrink and freshman Toby Middleton each claimed All-GLVC honors while helping UMSL race to an eighth-place finish at the GLVC Championships on Saturday morning at Principia’s North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Illinois. VandenBrink finished 13th in a field of 143 runners with a time of 25 minutes, 42.20 seconds in the 8-kilometer race. It was the highest finish for a Tritons runner at the conference championships. Middleton placed 20th with a time of 25:53.10 and was named the GLVC’s Freshman of the Year by virtue of being the top freshman finisher. Sam Savastino finished 50th, and Brett Lynch was 56th. UMSL will next race in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional on Nov. 19 at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Women’s Cross Country
The Tritons placed 10th in the GLVC Cross Country Championships Saturday morning at Principia’s North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Illinois. Lily Wagemann and Kayley Heeter were the top UMSL finishers, crossing the line in 48th and 49th place with times of 24:49.89 and 24:59.34, respectively, in the 6-kilometer race. Peyton Brueck was 58th in a time of 25:39.99. UMSL will compete in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional on Nov. 19 at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Head coach Dan King has announced his retirement after 22 seasons on the UMSL sideline. King was the second-longest tenured coach in program history and compiled a record of 167-178-1. He twice won 12 games in a season – 2012 when the team finished 12-7-1 and advanced to the GLVC Tournament final and again in 2014 when it went 12-4-2. King coached 31 players who earned All-GLVC honors and eight who received all-region accolades. Jon Huelsman was named an All-American in 2014. “I’ve been fortunate to work with some outstanding assistant coaches and players, and I want to thank them for their commitment to this great program that Don Dallas built,” King said. “I am also grateful to the Department of Athletics and the University for supporting the men’s soccer program during my tenure. UMSL is a special place, and I am thankful for the experiences and relationships gained. I will miss the Friday night games under the lights at Don Dallas Field the most!”