MEXICO -- New Marshall head volleyball coach Paula Brown picked up her first career win Thursday with a 25-15, 25-14 NCMC sweep at Mexico.
Freshman Abbie Lemmons led the Lady Owls attack with seven kills, with junior Karson Heying adding five and senior Rachel Brown and junior Analee Tucker each contributing three spikes.
Marshall dropped in eight aces on the Lady Bulldogs (0-4, 0-2 NCMC), three from sophomore Allie Lemmons and two by sophomore Morgan Thompson. The Lady Owls' defense came up with 31 digs, eight apiece by Tucker and sophomore Olivia Haug. Senior Jashawna Terry provided 11 assists and came up with five saves.
Marshall (1-2, 1-2) will be head to Independence on Saturday to take part in the William Chrisman Tournament.
BOONVILLE -- The Marshall girls' tennis team got its third shutout of the season, and second in NCMC play, during Thursday's 12-0 victory at Boonville.
The Lady Owls ripped through singles with lopsided scores of 10-1 by sophomore Molly Evans and senior Stephanie Markes and 10-2 margins for freshman Taylor Crawford and juniors Payton Beeler, Amanda Harrelson and Idalia Aguilar.
The Marshall double-back teams of Evans-Markes (10-3), Crawford-Beeler (10-0) and Harrelson-Aguilar (10-5) also won -- although the Lady Pirates (1-4, 0-3 NCMC) had their best showing by the No. 3 duo of sophomore Kelsey Gerlach and junior Carley Esser.
Seniors Sam Huston and Cortney Morrison won 10-4 at No. 4, the No. 5 combo of seniors Kaylie Davenport and Ellen Woolsey prevailed by a 10-1 score, and junior Savannah Simpson and sophomore Nichole Gann completed the shutout with a 10-2 victory at No. 6.
The Lady Owls (7-0, 3-0) will be at home Tuesday for a non-conference clash with Helias.
FULTON -- Senior Zach Thomas' first-half hat trick was the difference Thursday as Fulton handed the visiting Marshall boys' soccer team a 5-2 NCMC loss.
Thomas struck off a pass from senior Howie Lee in the second minute of the match, then banged a shot off an Owl defender six minutes later. After junior Trevor Neal scored for the Hornets, Thomas connected for the third time on a one-on-one against the Marshall goalkeeper.
The Owls stopped the bleeding on sophomore Isai Trujillo's fifth goal of the season with four minutes remaining in the second half.
The teams exchanged goals early in the second period, sophomore Cody Baumgartner finding the net for Fulton (2-3, 2-0 NCMC) two minutes into the frame and senior Ben Valencia getting his seventh goal four minutes later.
Marshall (2-3, 1-1) will be home Tuesday for a league contest against Boonville.