Lady Owls beat district net foe
The Marshall girls' tennis team swept singles play Thursday during its first home match of the season, an 8-1 non-conference victory over Chillicothe.
It was a good win for the Lady Owls because the visitors are among the seven teams in the Class 1, District 13 field.
Junior Amy Van got it started with an impressive 8-1 win over junior Laura Turner at No. 1 singles and junior Haley Evans handed junior Juleah Littrell her first loss of the season at No. 2, 10-5. Marshall also got decisions from juniors Skylar Simpson (10-2), and Allea Summers (10-5), senior Olivia Diehm (10-5) and sophomore Stephanie Markes (10-4).
Evans and Simpson won a 10-2 match at No. 1 doubles and the No. 2 duo of Van and Summers took a 10-5 contest. The Lady Hornets (3-2) got their lone victory at No. 3 doubles, where senior Jordan Gardner and junior Hope Peters improved to 4-0 with a 10-6 decision over Diehm and Markes.
A 6-2 win in the junior varsity was also encouraging for the Lady Owls, who have eight novices on the squad.
Marshall (2-0) will be at home Tuesday to begin NCMC play against Moberly.
Fulton 2, Marshall 0
FULTON -- Marshall head volleyball coach Gentry Lark "was more pleased with the way we played" Thursday during a 25-19, 25-20 NCMC loss at Fulton than she was with the season-opening win two days earlier against Kirksville.
That makes sense, considering that the Lady Hornets (3-0, 1-0 NCMC) are the defending league champions, having gone 10-0 in the loop last year before heading to the Class 3 playoffs. The Lady Tigers' program is only in its second year.
"I was pleased with our effort, our hustle and drive," Lark said.
Senior Becca Keller led the Lady Owls with five kills, six digs and two aces and junior Taylor Ervin knocked down three shots and pulled up six. Another six digs were logged by junior Haley Witcher, who split 10 assists with junior Ariel Smith.
At the net for Marshall, senior Susan Skogsberg got two spikes and a pair of blocks.
The Lady Owls (1-1, 1-1) play Tuesday at Mexico.
Santa Fe 2, Smithton 0
ALMA -- Just about anybody Santa Fe puts on the net can hurt opponents, and Thursday just about everybody did during a home-opening 25-10, 25-15 non-conference victory over Smithton.
The Lady Chiefs' 20 kills were split between seven of their eight players, with junior Lauren Zitelman leading the way with five. Senior Molly Sander and sophomores Callie Gieselman, Chelsea Winter and Jessica Catlett each put down three shots.
Gieselman and Catlett both came up with four digs and Sander served up four aces against the Lady Tigers (0-2). Senior Anna Sleeper tallied 11 assists, with Sander getting eight.
Santa Fe (2-0) will play Monday in the Concordia Triangular against the host Lady Orioles and Green Ridge.