Lady Owls beat Hickman with 11th shutout
COLUMBIA -- The Marshall girls' tennis team's return visit to the mid-Missouri metroplex was a more successful one than its venture there earlier in the week.
Two days after suffering their first loss of the season at Jefferson City, the Lady Owls posted their 11th shutout with a 9-0 non-conference victory over Hickman, Thursday at Columbia.
Junior Stephanie Markes won her singles match at No. 5 by a 10-1 score, while senior Amy Van at No. 2 and freshman Molly Evans at No. 6 were 10-3 winners. Seniors Skylar Simpson and Allea Summers in the third and fourth slots recorded 10-4 victories.
The closest match of the dual was at No. 1 singles, where Marshall senior Haley Evans got by senior Maddie Buchanan of the Kewpies (2-9), 10-6.
The No. 2 doubles team of Van and Summers dispatched their opponents, 10-2, while 10-4 decisions went the way of the Lady Owls' other duos: Haley Evans and Simpson at No. 1 and Markes and Molly Evans at No. 3.
Marshall also won the junior varsity contest, 3-1.
The Lady Owls (14-1) will be in Hannibal on Saturday for the NCMC Tournament, which they won by a point over Kirksville a year ago.
Boys' Soccer: Moberly 2, Marshall 0
MOBERLY -- The first meeting of the season between defending NCMC boys' soccer champion Marshall and the team with which it shared the 2009 title went to the home team Thursday.
Moberly got a pair of goals from senior Ethan Roth for a 2-0 decision.
Roth was on the spot to knock in a rebound with four minutes remaining in the first half and converted a feed from freshman J'Von Spiller in the seventh minute of the second half.
The Owls had seven shots on goal, two each by senior Alan Magana and junior Brian Arevalo, but couldn't crack through. Junior Bridger Pretz came up with all seven saves for the Spartans (9-4, 5-0 NCMC).
Marshall (6-6, 3-3) will return home Tuesday for a league tilt with Mexico.
Volleyball: Kirksville 2, Marshall 0
Kirksville completed a season series sweep of the Marshall volleyball team Thursday with a 25-23, 25-14 NCMC win in the Bird Cage.
Sophomore Karson Heying led the Lady Owls with seven kills, while seniors Abby Hartley and Taylor Ervin -- back after missing eight matches -- each put down four shots. Senior Haley Witcher came up with eight digs and provided 16 assists and seven saves were made by both Ervin and junior Rachel Brown.
The Lady Tigers (8-5-1, 5-2 NCMC) allowed only one ace, dropped in by Hartley.
Marshall (6-12-2, 1-5) will be at home Tuesday against league foe Fulton.
Softball: Moberly 15, Marshall 0
Moberly senior Audrey Davidson came within one out of a perfect game Thursday during a 15-0 NCMC win during the Marshall softball team's Senior Day in the Lyon Bowl.
Davidson did not allow a runner to reach base until junior LaVona Lawton singled to right field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Lady Spartans gave Davidson an early lead with five runs in the second inning, sophomore Abby Price stroking an RBI double and senior Kelsey Foote knocking in a pair of runs with a triple.
The Lady Owls got solid pitching from junior Raha Shahabzada, who didn't walk a batter, through the middle frames -- but Moberly (15-8, 8-4 NCMC) exploded for nine runs on eight hits and four errors in the top of the seventh. Foote drove in two with a single following senior Kelli Westhues' two-run double.
Marshall (2-14, 0-11) will close out the regular season Saturday at Clinton.