The Owls ran into a buzzsaw in the Class 1, Section 2 Team Championships, falling to host Mary Institute/Country Day School, 6-0. Marshall had made it to the playoffs for the 14th time since 1993 -- and first time in three years -- 10 days earlier with a 5-4 decision over No. 1 seed School of the Osage in the District 4 final.
The Rams had few problems during their singles sweep, winning a pair of 6-0, 6-0 matches -- junior Matt Wolfe over freshman Gerritt Murphy at No. 1 and senior Matt Tao against senior Anthony Van at No. 4 -- and dropping only one game in two others: sophomore Geoffrey Raclin's 6-1, 6-0 victory over junior Trent Clause at No. 2 and freshman Constantine Veronikis getting a 6-1, 6-0 win against junior Jacob Ringlen at No. 5.
Senior Alan Magana battled senior Zander TaGallupp before dropping a 6-2, 6-3 decision at No. 3 and junior Ryan Vereyken had a solid first set during his 6-4, 6-0 loss to freshman Clay Campbell at No. 6.
"The Owls played well, but met a traditionally very strong MICDS," explained MHS head coach Susan Carney. "I could not ask for more than these players gave you day in and day out."
Marshall (14-6) closed out a nice campaign which saw it finish second in the NCMC Tournament.
The Rams (13-3) went on to beat Fulton in the finals, 5-0, and will head to Springfield on Thursday in hopes of winning its seventh team title -- the last coming in 2008.