MHS Roundup:Lady Owls notch links, net victories
The Boonville girls had enjoyed a fairly successful year on the tennis courts, especially against Missouri River Valley Conference competition.
The bubble burst Monday, Marshall ripping through the visiting Lady Pirates (8-3) by a 9-0 margin -- all of them straight-set victories. Marshall senior Gerri Ravenhill set the tone for the Lady Owls with a 6-2, 6-0 rout of senior Megan Searfoss at No. 1 singles.
Seniors Kayla Barr (6-0, 6-1), Emily Chevalier (6-3, 6-3), Sara Kelly (6-1, 6-2) and Katie Markey (6-1, 6-2) also disposed of their solo opponents -- although sophomore Nicki Erickson got somewhat of a fight from sophomore Abby Stuck before recording a 6-1, 6-4 decision at No. 4.
Ravenhill and Chevalier teamed up to wipe out Searfoss and sophomore Lisa Kraus at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-0. The combos of Barr and Erickson (6-1, 6-1) and Kelly and junior Ariel Parkhurst (6-1, 6-2) also cruised.
Marshall won 13 of the 15 junior varsity matches, with junior Jenna King and the doubles team of juniors Kim Bird and Jammie Bromagen notching 8-0 wins. Junior Bethany Shannon, sophomore Lauren Sandwith, senior Leesa Morton and freshman Rebecca Morton won their singles matches by 8-1 margins, as did Shannon and junior Krystle Chase and sophomores Robyn Jennings and Natalie Kempf in doubles.
The Lady Owls (11-2) will take on another MRVC squad today when they head to Richmond.
Marshall 188, Sacred Heart 197
SEDALIA -- Even through short-handed, the Marshall girls' golf team got three strong performances Monday to win a dual match against Sacred Heart, 188 to 197.
Junior Meredith Beykirch, a state qualifier during the first two years of the Lady Gremlins' program, shot a 41 on the par-35 Sedalia Country Club course to earn medalist honors. However, Sacred Heart (6-4), 13th as a team in last year's MSHSAA Class AA-A Championships, was unable to get another player under Marshall's best three scores.
Junior Grace McCartney, who had struggled on the Sedalia links two weeks earlier during the Smith-Cotton Classic, fired a steady 43 -- getting pars or bogies on the first eight holes. Senior Gynnah Hawkins and junior Jennifer Dehn were nearly as consistent is coming in with 45s.
The key for Marshall was the 55 posted by junior Kate Finnegan, which matched sophomore Holly Sunnaborg with the Lady Gremlins' No. 4 tally. Finnegan had to take over the lineup spot after senior Becky Jacobi was held out of the competition pending a MSHSAA review of her eligibility. Sophomore Megan Kays rounded out the varsity lineup, shooting a 64. Sophomore MacKenzie Finnegan shot 61 to top Lady Owls' junior varsity, which only had three entries.
Marshall (7-3) will be back on the road again today with a trip to Clinton.
Odessa 2, Marshall 0
ODESSA -- The heavy hitting of Odessa proved a little too much for the Marshall volleyball team to handle Monday, dropping a 15-1, 15-7 road decision.
"Odessa had some big hitters that intimidated us in the first game," said Lady Owls head coach Becky Harrold. "Even if the hit was not that good, we were so far back on our heels ready for the hard hit that we couldn't handle it."
Harrold juggled Marshall's lineup, with sophomore Melissa Cook getting more of the load as a setter and junior Kathy Moore seeing her first varsity action as a defender -- and coming up with three digs.
The Lady Owls jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second game, but couldn't hold on. The Lady Bulldogs (8-4) "chipped away at our lead and our confidence," Harrold explained.
"We fought and did some things better, but we just didn't have the firepower," Harrold admitted. "The whole team just needs to learn how to fight as a team, for -- right now -- only a few individuals know how to compete."
Senior Sam Narron had five kills for Marshall, with senior Lynn Nelson making five saves. Three digs were recorded by both senior Shelby Lyon and junior Linze Leimkuehler -- who also had a pair of aces -- and senior Ashley Lewis contributed two saves, a spike and an assist.
The Lady Owls (3-6) will play another MRVC team today when they go to Higginsville.