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Lady Owls drop three-set road match

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Freshman Sarah Bentley came four strokes closer to par than her previous best during the Lady Owls' tour of Sedalia Country Club.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
SEDALIA -- The Marshall volleyball team went the distance with a tough non-conference opponent on the road Monday.

The Lady Owls wound up with a three-set loss, 25-22, 18-25, 25-20, to a Smith-Cotton club which was coming off a championship in the Husker Spikefest last weekend at Higginsville.

Junior Karson Heying was strong at the net with a match-high 16 kills and five blocked shots, while senior Rachel Brown and sophomore Olivia Haug provided solid defense with 12 digs apiece. Brown and freshman Abbie Lemmons each put down six shots, while junior Analee Tucker contributed five spikes and nine saves.

The Lady Tigers (8-2-1) were topped by sophomore Abby Knight's 13 kills and three blocks, along with 19 digs from senior Cynthia Perez.

Marshall performed better than its season averages of 7.9 digs per game with 50, 8.8 kills per game with 40 and 1.1 blocks per game with eight.

The Lady Owls (3-5-1) will play today at Class 3, District 14 rival Grain Valley.

Girls' Golf: Lady Owls improve

SEDALIA -- Marshall junior Lindsey Sullivan knocked 17 strokes off her score from the previous year on the Sedalia Country Club golf course Monday during the Smith-Cotton Classic.

The Lady Owls had their lowest team score of the season at 490, which pulled them a little closer to the pack in the 19-team event. Sullivan had a par and three bogies over the back nine to improve five strokes from her tally going out, finishing tied for 62nd place in the field of 93 golfers with a 109.

As happened last week at Richmond, most of Marshall's young golfers improved their scores when measured against par. Freshman Margaret Miles (121) improved by three shots, junior Caitlin Crawford (124) dropped two strokes and freshman Sarah Bentley (137) sliced four strokes from her previous best.

Junior Kalie Cowart (136) had neither her best nor her worst outing while rounding out the Lady

Owls' team score.

Blue Springs sophomore Mariah Peters shot a six-over-par 76 to win the meet by four strokes over Camdenton senior Mackenzie Griffin, while two Columbia clubs -- Hickman and Rock Bridge -- tied for the overall title at 335.

Marshall will be at home Thursday for a triangular match with Green Ridge and Sacred Heart.

Softball: Mexico 15, Marshall 0

MEXICO -- Sophomore Danielle Baumgartner tossed a no-hitter Monday as Mexico beat the visiting Marshall softball team, 15-0, in a four-inning NCMC tilt.

Baumgartner allowed only one baserunner, walking sophomore Hayley Campbell to begin the game, and struck out six batters.

The Lady Bulldogs got on the board in the first inning when senior Brooke Costley singled in a run and scored on Baumgartner's sacrifice fly. Costley had a two-run triple, following a single by sophomore Karen Baker which plated two runs, in the second.

Mexico (6-0, 6-0 NCMC) ended the contest in the fourth with eight runs -- at one point drawing five straight walks, four with the bases loaded -- with sophomore Alison Mudd driving in two runs with a single and the final tally coming in on the Lady Owls' fifth error of the game.

Marshall (1-11, 0-6) will be at home Thursday to face Fulton.

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