– The University of Missouri-St Louis women’s volleyball team defeated the St. Joseph Pumas 3-1 on November 2 in the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center.
PHOTO: William Jewell’s Chelsea Meeks passes to a teammate as Devonna Smith and Jessica Zavoral defend, in a game last year. Photo by Leon Devance for The Current 2012 (c)

By John “Sammy” Ludeman, Sports Editor for The Current

The University of Missouri-St Louis women’s volleyball team defeated the St. Joseph Pumas 3-1 on November 2 in the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center. Through set scores of 20-25, 25-12, 25-23, and 26-24, the UMSL Tritons cruised to their 14th overall win of the season. Chelsea Burkle, senior, nursing, led the lady Tritons with 20 kills. Emily Bragaw, junior, elementary education, added 17 digs and Lindsay Meyer, sophomore, business, contributed with 33 assists.

UMSL women’s basketball defeated the Saint Louis University Billikens 59-52 on November 2 at the Chaifetz arena. The exhibition match marked the first game of the Tritons’ basketball season, with the Tritons taking down the Division I Billikens. UMSL took the offensive early, posting a lead of 32 to 24 at the half, and was able to hold off a 14-6 Billiken run in the second half to record an impressive victory. Alyssa Like, senior, biology, led the Triton efforts with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Devonna Smith, senior, social work and criminal justice, added another 11 points and nine rebounds.

UMSL men’s basketball lost to the SIU Carbondale Salukis 66-71 on November 2 in Carbondale, Illinois. The Tritons had little preparation being scheduled the day prior, replacing a Harris-Stowe team that did not meet certifications to play. The Salukis took the lead early, ending the half with a 30-22 lead as the Tritons struggled with their shooting. With five minutes to go, the Tritons worked their way back to within three points trimming the Saluki lead to 60-57, before SIU scored four straight free throws putting the game out of reach. Femi John, senior, business administration, led the Tritons with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists. Aereon Smith, junior, business, and Michael Weber, senior, liberal studies, both contributed with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

UMSL women’s volleyball fell to the Indianapolis Greyhounds 2-3 on November 3 in the Mark Twain Athletic & Fitness Center. The Tritons started off on a positive note by winning the first two sets, but could not post any more set wins. The Greyhounds won through set scores of 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 15-10. Chelsea Burkle, senior, nursing, led the Tritons with 22 kills. Emily Bragaw, junior, elementary education, contributed 24 digs and Lindsay Meyer, sophomore, business, added 26 assists.

UMSL men’s soccer lost to the Rockhurst Hawks 0-3 at the GLVC quarterfinals in Kansas City, Missouri. The loss marks the final game of the Triton men’s soccer season. The Hawks got to work quickly scoring a goal in the first half, and added two additional goals in the second half to put the game away. Jon Huelsman, sophomore, nurisng, led the Tritons with four shots and goalkeeper Nick Lenkman, junior, international business, contributed three saves.

UMSL men’s basketball fell to the Lake Superior State Lakers 72-76 on November 9 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Tritons, in their first game of the regular season, cut the lead to 74-72 with less than a minute in regulation, but were put away by two Laker free-throws with half a second left on the clock. Darian Cartharn, senior, communications, and Tylor Wimbish, junior, liberal arts, both had 17 point efforts for the Tritons, with Aareon Smith, junior, business, adding 16 points.

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