Sports update April 23: Men’s tennis undefeated at home

No. 17 men’s tennis team won its seventh straight match with an
8-1 victory over No. 30 DePauw University April 21 at the Tao Tennis
Center. WUSTL is 9-0 this season at home
has won 15 straight home matches dating back to last season.

Kareem Farah won his singles and doubles match to pick up the 90th
victory of his career. The Bears (13-5) compete at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, in Orlando, Fla.

Women’s golf wins shootout in Springfield

The No. 2 women’s golf team held off a late charge from the University of Missouri-St. Louis to hold on to win the University of Illinois-Springfield Spring Shootout April 21 and 22, at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield, Ill.

WUSTL, who had a 10-shot lead after an opening round of 315, carded a 319 on the final 18 holes to claim the team championship with a score of 634.

Sophomore Andrea Hibbert and freshman Olivia Lugar each recorded a top-five finish to lead the team. Hibbert bettered her score of 78 on day one with a 75 on the second 18 holes to finish in second place with a 153. Lugar equaled Hibbert’s 75 on day two to finish in third place. Lugar fired a 36-hole score of 154 (79-75) and was a shot behind Hibbert.

Junior Hannah Buck tied for ninth place with a two-day total of 160 (79-81) to record her eighth top-10 finish of the year. Sophomore Allyson Chee also had a top-20 performance finishing with a two-day score of 167 (79-88). Senior Katie Homa rounded out the starting lineup for Washington with a 41st place finish with a score of 183 (94-89).

The team awaits word to hear if it is selected to the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship May 8-11 at the Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind. The 19 teams and six individuals (106 participants total) will be announced Monday, April 30, on

Track & field teams fare well at Rose-Hulman Twilight

Sophomore Sarah Fisher and senior Erica Jackey each set school records to help lead the women’s track & field team to the team title at the Rose-Hulman Twilight Meet April 20. The men’s team had three individual champions to highlight a third-place team finish at the meet.

Fisher broke her own school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by more than seven seconds to win the event, while freshman Lucy Cheadle finished second with the second-fastest time in school history. In the women’s 800, Jackey and senior Elizabeth Phillips ran the two fastest times in school history to finish first and second, respectively.

Sophomore Caleb Ford was one of three individual winners for the men, setting a stadium record in winning the men’s 3,000 meters. Overall, the women won seven events at the meet.

Both teams travel to Pittsburgh to compete at the University Athletic Association (UAA) outdoor championships Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29.

Women’s tennis splits matches

The No. 11women’s tennis team earned a 9-0 sweep of Webster University as head coach Kelly Stahlhuth earned her 100th career victory April 17.

The Bears finished the week with a tough 5-4 loss to No. 12 DePauw University April 21. Sophomore Theresa Petraskova went 4-0 on the week, while senior Natalie Tingir posted a 3-0 record in the two matches. Tingir now has a career record of 96-58 as she moved to within four wins of becoming the 19th women’s tennis player in WUSTL history to record 100 career victories.

The Bears (13-6) travel to Orlando, Fla., to compete at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Friday through Sunday, April 27-29.

Softball continues push for NCAA regional bid

The No. 24 softball team continued its quest for an NCAA regional bid by winning four of six gamed played last week.

The Bears split a doubleheader with Millikin University at home April 19 (3-1, 0-5), and then swept Monmouth College (5-2, 1-0) April 21.

Prior to the Monmouth doubleheader, WUSTL honored its four seniors: Alyssa Abramoski, Olivia Cook, Corissa Santos and Rebecca Salisbury.

The Bears closed out the week with a doubleheader split at Blackburn College (9-1, 1-5) April 22. Senior pitcher Olivia Cook posted a 3-0 record and a 0.91 earned run average in 23 innings pitched last week. Cook tossed three complete games and struck out 15 batters and kept opponents to a .211 batting average.

WUSTL (26-12) returns to action at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, with a doubleheader at home against Westminster College.

Baseball ends tough week on high note

The baseball team had a tough week, losing three straight games before ending the week with a come-from-behind win in the second game of a doubleheader April 22 against University of Chicago.

The Bears, who were ranked No. 19 in the ABCA Collegiate Baseball Poll and No. 24 in the Poll, rallied late but came up short in a 12-9 loss at Webster University April 17.

In a four-game series against Chicago, the Bears suffered a 5-2 loss in nine innings and an 11-1 loss in seven innings April 21 before splitting a doubleheader April 22.

Chicago limited WUSTL to a season-low three hits in the third game of the series to earn a 7-1 win over the Bears. In the final game of the series, the Bears rallied from a 7-3 deficit in the fifth inning to earn a 9-8 win in the bottom of the eighth on a bases-loaded walk by junior Matthew Polites.

Prior to the second game April 22, WUSTL honored the team’s three seniors – Michael Fletcher, Kevin Paule and Brandon Rogalski.

The Bears travel to Bloomington, Ill., to face Illinois Wesleyan University at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, for the first of four road games this week.

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