UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
The fifth-ranked University of Missouri–St. Louis volleyball team is off to the best start in school history after improving to 14-0 by sweeping William Jewell on Friday and Rockhurst on Saturday in its first two Great Lakes Valley Conference matches of the season at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. Delaney Humm had a team-best 15 kills to lead the Tritons to a 25-16, 25-17, 25-19 victory over the Cardinals. Humm also had a team-high 11 kills as UMSL dispatched the 25th-ranked Hawks, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16. Setter Caitlin Bishop did a good job spreading the ball around against Rockhurst as Mya Elliott and Lexie Rang added 10 kills, and Hailey Flowers had nine. Bishop finished with 41 kills in Saturday’s victory. UMSL (14-0, 2-0 GLVC) will play host to McKendree on Saturday in its only match of the week.
The Tritons suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to McKendree 2-1 at Leemon Field in Lebanon, Illinois. James Martin scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute after a long throw-in deep in UMSL territory got batted around inside the penalty area. McKendree also struck first with a goal from Matteo Schubert in the 34th minute, but the Tritons pulled even when Ty Gordon netted his second goal of the season off a pass from Melo Mensah in the 63rd minute. UMSL struggled to generate more offense on a day when it was outshot 11-4, including 3-1 in shots on goal. The Tritons (2-1-2, 1-1-1 GLVC) will play host to Indianapolis on Friday and Lewis on Sunday.
UMSL dropped its first GLVC match of the season, losing 2-1 on Sunday at McKendree. The Tritons fell into an early hole as Destiny Johnson and Anna Stiffler each scored in the first six minutes of the match. UMSL got one goal back when Jada Holloman netted her fourth of the season in the 55th minute, but it couldn’t get the equalizer on a day it was outshot 17-9. Goalkeeper Grace Hastert made nine saves in the loss. The Tritons (3-2-2, 2-1 GLVC) are scheduled to play host to Indianapolis and Lewis on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
The 24th-ranked Tritons finished 14th out of 16 teams in Dallas Baptist University’s Women’s Fall Classic, which wrapped up last Tuesday at Wildhorse Golf Club at Robson Ranch in Denton, Texas. UMSL finished with a combined score of 912. Sophomore Wilma Zanderau was the team’s top finisher, tying for 16th place with a score of 218. That included a final round score of 71 with four birdies. Juliette Lecomte was the next highest finisher after posting a total score of 230. Saint Leo’s Olivia Deakins was the individual medalist, finishing with a score of 207, and Findlay won the team championship defeating Dallas Baptist in a one-hole playoff. The Tritons will next compete in the Beall Fall Invitational beginning Oct. 2 at the Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio.
UMSL went 1-2 in head-to-head singles matches against Southern Indiana, Lindenwood and Southern Illinois Edwardsville and also went 2-1 in doubles play over two days in the SIUE Invitational. The Tritons swept their singles match against Southern Indiana but fell to Lindenwood 4-2 and SIUE 5-1. They swept their doubles matches against Southern Illinois and took two of three against Lindenwood but lost to the host Cougars 3-0. Anna Domingo and Hannah Tse each went 2-1 in both singles and doubles with their only defeats coming against opponents from SIUE. UMSL will next play on Oct. 6 when Missouri Baptist visits the UMSL Tennis Courts in the final competition of the fall schedule.
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