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Lady Owls pick up two tourney wins

Monday, September 10, 2012

Marshall junior Roxana Avolos picked up her second medal of the season by placing 12th at the Oak Grove Invitational.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
INDEPENDENCE -- The "friendship bracket" was friendly indeed for the Marshall volleyball team Saturday during the William Chrisman Tournament at Independence.

After tying one match and losing two in pool play, the Lady Owls won both of their consolation matches.

Marshall opened the meet with a 25-18, 19-25 draw against St. Mary's of Independence. Junior Karson Heying led the Lady Owls' attack with six kills and four blocks, with junior Analee Tucker adding five spikes and sophomore Olivia Haug coming up with eight digs.

Against the host Lady Bears, Marshall was beaten 25-14, 25-19, managing only five kills -- three by freshman Abbie Lemmons -- and eight digs, five for Haug.

Haug continued to provide solid defense for the Lady Owls, with 10 saves during a 25-16, 20-15 loss to Kansas City-East. Lemmons and Heying combined for seven of the team's 11 kills.

Marshall's fortunes reversed during the afternoon, starting with a 25-11, 25-19 victory over Ruskin fueled by Heying's 11 kills and eight more shots put down by Lemmons.

The Lady Owls ended the meet against the same team against which they started, this time going to extra set to claim a 25-21, 22-25, 25-17 decision over St. Mary's.

Lemmons had 14 of her team-high 32 spikes of the day, while Heying added nine and junior Kendra Castle made seven shots. Senior Jashawna Terry and sophomore Morgan Thompson combined for 32 assists during the final match, and provided 84 of Marshall's 100 successful sets for the tourney.

The Lady Owls (3-4-1) may a non-conference match today at Smith-Cotton.

Cross Country: Two Owl harriers medal at Oak Grove

OAK GROVE -- The Marshall cross country team had two of its four varsity entries pick up medals Thursday at the Oak Grove Invitational.

Sophomore Ben Sporleder (20:05) led the Owls with a seventh-place finish in a field of 53 runners, averaging under six-and-a-half minutes per mile. Junior James Elfrink (22:10) came in 26th while sophomore Zach Petzoldt (23:13) placed 34th.

Junior Roxana Avolos (24:55) also picked up her second medal of the season by finishing 12th out of 34 entries as the Lady Owls' lone varsity girl. Sophomore Abigail Henke was fifth in the two-mile JV race.

Marshall will compete Saturday in the Smith-Cotton Invitational.

Softball: Kirksville 15, Marshall 0

KIRKSVILLE -- Kirksville exploded for 14 runs in the second inning for a 15-0 NCMC victory in three over the visiting Marshall softball team.

Seniors Kendyl Blanke and Haley Phillips provided two of the Lady Tigers' three home runs during their rally, with sophomore Sarah Hooper also getting an inside-the-park round-tripper following her two-run triple earlier in the frame.

The first two batters of the game singles for the Lady Owls, sophomore Hayley Campbell and senior Abby Crawford, but Kirksville (5-2, 4-1 NCMC) didn't allow another runner to reach base.

Marshall (1-10, 0-5) is scheduled to play at unbeaten league leader Mexico today.

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