SEDALIA -- All four entries for the Marshall boys' tennis team won at least as many matches as they lost Friday during the Smith-Cotton Tournament.
Seniors Alan Magana and Anthony Van took three of their four doubles contests to wind up with a fifth-place medal for the Owls, who were third out of six teams with 14.5 points -- trailing Jefferson City (28.5 points) and Lee's Summit (18.5).
Ironically, the Magana-Van combo was Marshall's only entry which dropped their opening contest, coming off a bye to lose a 9-8 (9-7) tiebreaker against a Duchesne duo. However, victories over pairs from Smith-Cotton (6-1) and Lee's Summit (6-2) set up a medal match with the Owls' No. 2 team of juniors Jacob Ringlen and Ryan Vereyken, which Magana and Van won by a 6-3 margin.
Ringlen and Vereyken opened by beating Smith-Cotton (8-2), fell to Lee's Summit (8-2) and rebounded with two wins -- 6-2 over Helias and 7-6 (7-4) against the same Duchesne duo which had previously defeated Magana and Van -- to get them into the medal round.
Both of the Owls' singles players, freshman Gerritt Murphy and junior Trent Clause, won their first matches.
Murphy downed Helias senior Patrick Remis (8-3), who earlier in the week had defeated Clause in a dual match. Clause later got his revenge with a 7-6 (7-3) tiebreaker win over Remis.
Clause began with an 8-1 victory over Lee's Summit senior Matt Reynolds, who would end the day for Clause with a 9-8 (7-5) win after starting off with an 8-1 loss to the Owls' No. 2.
Murphy won only one of his last three matches, against Duchesne (6-3), and Clause beat a different Pioneer (6-1) for the second of his three wins.
Marshall will be back home today for a dual match against NCMC rival Mexico, at which it will host the annual fund-raising barbecue.