Tori Foster, Sports Editor
The University of Missouri–St. Louis athletic teams has been having many star players getting recognized this past week.
For the first time since the 2010 season, the UMSL volleyball team (20-2) is nationally ranked as the Tritons check in at No. 25 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Coaches Top 25.
The Tritons have reached 20 wins for the 17th time in 45 seasons of intercollegiate play and just the second time in the last nine years.
For the second week straight, libero Megan Woll, sophomore, criminology, was named Baden GLVC Defensive Player of the Week.
Woll’s statistics average is 5.40 digs per set, .168 opponent hitting percentages, and aided UMSL to a .283 hitting percentage.
Woll’s skills helped UMSL beat Midwest Region Crossover 3-0, which is one of just three GLVC teams to go undefeated. She had a match-high 24 digs against Northern Michigan. Also, she recorded a match-high 15 digs in sweep over both Trevecca and 13th-ranked Ferris State. While playing Trevecca, Woll tallied her 1,000th career dig.
This will be her third career Defensive Player of the Week Award since her freshman year in 2017-2018.
UMSL women’s goalkeeper Amber Hayes, junior, nursing, has been named the GLVC Defensive Player of the Week.
Hayes posted two GLVC shutout wins over the weekend in 180 minutes of action. She had nine saves, including four in an upset win over 24th-ranked Rockhurst. She made another five saves in the victory over Jewell.
Hayes helped break UMSL eight-game losing streak. This is her first career Defensive Player of the Week award. The last Triton to be selected to be the Defensive Player of the Week was goalkeeper Emily Rish, freshman, undeclared, three years ago on Oct. 24, 2016.
John Geerling, freshman, business marketing, was named this year’s recipient of the Pat Hogan Memorial Scholarship. Geerling was honored prior to the Tritons’ game against Rockhurst on last Sunday.
According to UMSL Athletics:
“Hogan played at UMSL from 1973-76 and was a member of the 1973 NCAA Division II National Championship team, which finished with an 11-0-3 record. During his four-year career, UMSL produced a 34-17-9 record and competed in four NCAA Tournaments. As a senior on the 1976 team, he earned all-region honors after helping the team to a 9-8-1 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament semifinals.
After being inducted into the 2010 UMSL Sports Hall of Fame, Hogan talked about his desire to create a scholarship opportunity for a player like himself – a student with the love and passion for soccer and the desire to play at the college level. Hogan lost a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in March 2010. In his honor, an endowed scholarship was created.”
Julie Hogan, wife of the late Pat Hogan, and their children, along with Pat’s brother and sister, presented Geerling with a $1,500 scholarship.
Emma Thorngren, senior, mathematics, has been selected as GLVC Player of the Week. Thorngren finished first place at the Flagler Fall Slam (72-68-140).
Over her career she has earned four Player of the Week awards. The last Triton to be selected for the Player of the Week was Thorngren on Sept. 26.
Thorngren led UMSL to team rounds of 309-304.
Thorngren captured her second individual title of the season, earning medalist honors at the Flagler Fall Slam, held last Monday and Tuesday.
The win is the fourth of Thorngren’s career, which ties her for the second most in program history and is one shy of holding UMSL record. Thorngren also ends the fall season having finished no lower than sixth in any of the five tournaments.
As a team, the Tritons recorded a fifth place in the Flagler Fall Slam in the 17-team field, shooting a 613 (309-304).
- Emma Thorngren, UMSL (72-68-613)
- Emma Thorngren, senior, mathematics (72-68 – 140)
T34. Tove Rosengren, freshman, finance (79-77 – 156)
T42. Alesia Gonzales, sophomore, international business (77-80 – 157)
T59. Koranis Boonmadee, freshman, business management (81-79 – 160)
T84. Amber Wilson, sophomore, sports management (81-91 – 172)
UMSL athletes will continue to shine throughout the season.