On October 27, University of Missouri-St. Louis Tritons faced off against the Quincy Hawks. The Tritons are on a five-game win streak entering the game. The matchup was a back and forth nail-biter where every point counted. Both teams seemed evenly matched, but the Tritons used powered up offensive and a few trick plays to throw the Hawks off.
UMSL won the first game by 25-19 after a late 5-0 run to win the set. The Hawks did not go away though. They won the next set 16-25. Danielle Waedekin, senior, nursing, played a wonderful game with 23 digs with 11 of those in the first set. The Tritons won the third set 25-22, a tight set, that was opened by key aces from Alex Miner, junior, psychology, and Morgan Childers, sophomore, business.
The Tritons wanted to put the Hawks away in the fourth set, but allowed them back in the game to tie 24-24. Miner would end the set on two powerful kills for a 26-24 set and 3-1 overall win by the Tritons.
“I’m glad it’s a W and I’m glad it’s over,” said Head Coach Ryan Young. “That team serves tough and passes well, it was a battle but we came out with the win.”
“We pulled it out, we were really scrappy on defense,” said Waedekin. “Our first ball touches needed an adjustment, and started passing the ball better to put them away.”
The Tritons went on October 28 to face the McKendree Bearcats. The Tritons came into the game with a six-game win streak. The Bearcats came into the game with zero losses in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Bearcats are a troublesome team for the Tritons and this match was not different.
The Tritons won the first set after a timeout at 22-21, to setup plays for a 4-1 run winning the first set 25-22. After that the Bearcats would limit the kills of the Tritons and cause more errors. The Bearcats won the second set by 25-20, the third by 25-22 and the fourth by 25-9. Effectively ending the Tritons’ winning streak and the Bearcats remained unbeaten in league play 13-0. The Tritons will host Maryville next October 31, at 7 p.m.