UMSL Tritons weekly rewind
The No. 2 University of Missouri–St. Louis volleyball team dropped its first match of the season Sunday against 13th-ranked and second-seeded Lewis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in Williamsville, Illinois. The Flyers swept the Tritons 25-20, 25-20, 25-19 in a nearly flawless performance that saw them commit only two attacking errors to UMSL’s 22. That discrepancy was too much for the Tritons to overcome. Delaney Humm finished with a team-high 13 kills, Hannah Copeland added 10 and Lexie Rang and Mya Elliott had nine each. UMSL advanced to the final after knocking off eighth-seeded Upper Iowa 25-18, 25-13, 25-17 in Friday’s quarterfinal and pulling out a four-set match against fifth-seeded Missouri S&T 21-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-15 on Saturday. Sophomore setter Caitlin Bishop, named GLVC Player of the Year earlier in the week, averaged 40.3 assists in the three matches and was named to the all-tournament team. She was joined by Rang, who totaled 39 kills and had 30 digs. The Tritons (30-1) will learn later today what they’ll be seeded and if they’ll host the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional during the selection show at 6:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
Men’s Cross Country
Senior Benjamin VandenBrink became the first UMSL runner to compete in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship since the program was restarted in 2020. VandenBrink placed 105th in a field of 260 runners, posting a time of 31 minutes, 14.1 seconds in the 10-kilometer race at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course in Joplin, Missouri. West Texas A&M’s William Amponsah won the race in a time of 29:04.3. Wingate won the team title with a total of 70 points.
The Tritons dropped a pair of games on the road last week, losing to Winona State 74-67 on Thursday in Winona, Minnesota, and falling to Michigan Tech 83-75 on Saturday in Houghton, Michigan. UMSL had 11 turnovers and shot 21 for 48 from the field in the loss to Winona State. Terrell Kabala scored a team-high 17 points. Matt Enright added 13 but went 3 for 12 from the field. The Tritons were done in by cold shooting in the first half on Saturday, falling into a 42-24 hole while connecting on 9 of 26 field-goal attempts. UMSL did rally in the second half, outscoring Michigan Tech 51-41 over the final 20 minutes but came up short. Mayson Quartlebaum had a team-high 26 points, and Enright added 22. The Tritons (1-3) will play in the Maryville Thanksgiving Classic, facing Parkside on Tuesday and Northwest Missouri State on Wednesday.
UMSL knocked off University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy 60-51 in overtime Friday in an exhibition game at the Mark Twain Athletic Center. Jalysa Stokes and Tori Standefer each had four points in the extra period as the Tritons outscored the Eutectics 11-2 after being tied at 49 at the end of regulation. Stokes finished with a team-high 18 points, and Morgan Ramthun was UMSL’s next highest scorer with nine. The Tritons forced 22 turnovers and had 15 steals. The Tritons (1-1) take on Principia on Monday at home and open GLVC play at Missouri S&T on Saturday in Rolla Missouri.
The Tritons finished sixth out of 10 teams while scoring 694.5 points at the House of Champions meet, hosted by IUPUI last week in Indianapolis. Freshman Matt Bechtel set a school record when he won the men’s 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4 minutes, 26.58 seconds on Thursday. That was one of six “B” cut times for the national meet that the men’s team posted during the three-day meet. Bechtel also had a “B” cut time of 15:44.48 seconds while finishing fourth in the men’s 1,650 freestyle on Saturday. Conley Savage and Guillem Masjuan Roca both had “B” cut times while finishing second and sixth, respectively, in the 200-yard individual medley on Thursday. Savage also won the 200-yard butterfly with a “B” cut time of 1:47.81 on Saturday. Aaron Wicklund had the last “B” standard time, finishing third in the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:57.88 on Friday.
UMSL finished eighth out of 13 teams while scoring 553.5 points at last week’s House of Champions meet in Indianapolis. The Tritons set eight school records and earned six “B” standard qualifying times for the national meet. Freshman Justice Beard set two of the school records, finishing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in time of 4:56.92 and taking third in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 16:56.98. Both marks were “B” cut qualifying times. Ella Lantz set a school record when she swam the opening leg of the 400 medley relay in 55.58 seconds, helping UMSL to fourth-place finish with a school-record time of 3:45.90 in that event. She also set a school record in the 100-yard backstroke and had “B” cut qualifying mark while placing third in the 100 backstroke in 55.66 seconds. Audrey Lantz, meanwhile, set a school record of 55.91 seconds while winning the consolation heat of the 100 butterfly. That was fast enough for a “B” cut qualifying time, as was her runner-up finish in 23.71 seconds in the consolation heat of the 50-yard freestyle. Both Lantzes, Zara Konstapel and Kate Nelson set a school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.26 to place fifth. Konstapel finished third in the 100 breaststroke with a “B” cut qualifying time of 1:03.04. Kelsey Roth set a school record of 1:53.21 while placing fourth in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle. The 800 free relay foursome of Roth, Isabella Gruidl, Ella Lantz and Beard finished seventh with a school record time of 7:41.36.
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