MHS Roundup: Marshall netters dispose of Kewpies
COLUMBIA -- A year ago, Hickman rolled over the Marshall girls' tennis team.
However, after four of the Kewpies' top four players were lost to graduation, the tables were turned -- the Lady Owls reversing the score during an 8-1 romp Thursday in Columbia.
"I was proud of our team's play," remarked MHS head coach Tom Sandwith. "Our focus was much better."
Four of the singles matches were remarkably easy, with seniors Ashley Fann (6-0, 6-2) and Katy Brown (6-0, 6-1) and juniors Gerri Ravenhill (6-1, 6-1) and Emily Chevalier (6-0, 6-0) winning in straight sets. Junior Kayla Barr came back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to down senior Susannah Still with 6-1, 6-2 decisions.
The only Hickman win was at No. 3 singles, where sophomore Tammy Yasar upended senior Beth Wright, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, in a 90-minute duel. The doubles matches were tighter, with the teams of Brown and Wright (6-1, 2-6, 6-3), Ravenhill-Barr (6-4, 6-1) and Fann-Chevalier (6-4, 6-4) prevailing.
"Hickman gave us a good test in our doubles," Sandwith said. "They were a good-hitting team."
Marshall was able to play a lot of girls, several in more than one match, during a junior varsity marathon -- in which the Kewpies took 19 of 23 contests, including all 11 singles tilts.
The Lady Owls (15-1) return to Columbia on Saturday, with mostly No. 2 seeds during the NCMC Tournament on the University of Missouri courts. Boys' Soccer: Marshall 1, Mexico 0
MEXICO -- The weather was cool, but tempers blew hot Thursday on the Mexico soccer field -- where the Marshall boys pulled out a 1-0 NCMC victory.
Owls head coach Derek Lark described the match as "ugly, scrappy and dirty" -- which may have been a byproduct of Marshall's 7-0 romp over the Bulldogs in the Moberly Tournament two weeks earlier.
"The game was out of control," Lark said. "We were lucky no one was hurt."
Fittingly, the match was decided on a penalty kick, with senior Kiel Lovell driving in the only goal in the 20th minute of the season half. The Owls "missed many chances," according to Lark, while outshooting Mexico (4-7-1, 0-3-1) 18-2.
Junior goalkeeper Erik Roehrs saved both Dawg shots for his fifth shutout of the season. Marshall (6-5-1, 1-1) has another rematch against an NCMC foe coming up Saturday at Kirksville -- whom the Owls beat 10-0 at their tourney Sept. 8. Girls' Golf: Hickman 168, Marshall 182
COLUMBIA -- Even with the graduation of all-state girls' golfer Taylor Pleimann, Hickman has three starters back from a team which placed eighth last year at the MSHSAA Class AAAA-AAA Championships.
So although Marshall shot well during its home dual match Thursday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course in Columbia, the Kewpies (9-2) went lower -- taking a 168-182 decision.
Juniors Rachel Griffin, winning medalist honors with a three-over-par 35, and Mandy Crane at 41 bested the Lady Owls' top entries. Sophomore Grace McCartney shot par twice for a 42, followed by juniors Gynnah Hawkins at 43 and Becky Jacobi with a 44. Senior Makenzie Schultz also scored at 53 and sophomore Jenny Dehn struggled to a 55.
There were only three MHS golfers available for the junior varsity match. Sophomore Alanna Dunham's 58 was tops for the Birds during Hickman's 159-197 victory.
A decisive week is ahead for Marshall (4-4), beginning with the Richmond Tournament on Monday and the District 5AAAA-AAA Tournament at Sedalia on Thursday.