Tori Foster, Staff Writer

The University of Missouri–St. Louis volleyball team opened their season by sweeping their first two opponents, University of Charleston and Seton Hill University.

The ladies took home the win for both games at the Eckerd College Invitational with a hit combined .374 wins leaving the Triton score 3-0.

In the Charleston game, #12 Kylie Rudsinski, junior, biology, had five kills on seven swings in the first frame. In addition to #3 Alex Miner, senior, psychology and gender studies, who had two kills and a block along with five kills and five attempts in the third set. Overall, #13 Maddy Russell, senior, nursing, and Rudsinski both had 10 kills, while Miner finished the game with eight. #5 Cara Ferchen, freshman, accounting BSN, had a great debut with 19 assists and eight digs to help the Tritons hit .243. There was no way Charleston could have defeated the Tritons.

As the season continued and the games started to heat up, the women’s volleyball team had a conference score of 7-11 for the season with seven games won and 11 losses. The ladies had one winning streak from Oct. 12 to 26, winning six games straight. They played nine home games at the Mark Twain Building on UMSL’s North Campus in the 2018 volleyball season and five of those home games were a win for the Tritons. Yet the women’s volleyball team ended the season with 14 wins and 15 losses.

The ladies last game was against the Maryville Saints on UMSL’s campus. 146 fans packed the stands waiting to see the fate of the UMSL volleyball team for their last game. The Tritons started off great; they won their first set 25 to 19. The second set started off a little rough with the Saints scoring the first three points, but the Tritons took the win with a score of 25-16. The Tritons finished strong in their last set with 25-16. The top five game leaders were: #12 Rudsinki with 12 kills, senior outside hitter; #13 Russell with two aces, senior middle blocker; #3 Miner with two blocks, freshman setter; #5 Ferchen with 21 assists; and libero and defensive specialist #1 Megan Woll, freshman, criminology, with 18 digs.

The Tritons had a wonderful season and we cannot wait until next year for them to win more games.