Grain Valley won four of six singles tilts to defeat the Lady Owls, 7-5, in the semifinal round of the Marshall Tournament. The Lady Eagles -- who lost the championship match to Kirksville, 8-4 -- were downed on their home court by Marshall, 8-1, on Aug. 27.
Singles victories by junior Natalia Barr and senior Mariah Hernandez in the top two spots and sophomore Hannah Wiechman and junior Chelsea Gabriel in the bottom two pairings got Grain Valley off to a good start. Marshall's singles winners were junior Payton Beeler and freshman Taylor Crawford.
The Lady Owls started to close the gap with doubles wins by the No. 4 pair of senior Sam Huston and junior Callee Stephens and the No. 5 duo of seniors Ellen Woolsey and Kaylie Davenport. However, due to the tiebreaker system, they would have needed to sweep the doublebacks for the win.
Sophomore Molly Evans and senior Stephanie Markes turned the tables on Barr and Hernandez at No. 1, but Crawford and Beeler could not repeat their singles success at No. 2, nipped 11-10 (7-5) by senior Jessica Dornes and junior Darby Scharfenkamp.
Wiechman and Gabriel closed out the victory for the Lady Eagles (8-3) with a close 10-8 decision over juniors Amanda Harrelson and Idalia Aguilar.
Marshall rebounded in the third-place match against Trenton (5-2) with a 12-0 shutout, the team's fourth of the season.
Evans, Beeler and Harrelson won in singles by 8-1 margins, while Markes, Crawford and Aguilar took 8-5 contests.
The Lady Owls (9-1) won in doubles behind the combos of Evans-Markes, Crawford-Beeler, Harrelson-Aguilar, Huston-Stephens, Woolsey-Davenport and junior Savannah Simpson and senior Cortney Morrison.
Marshall will be at home Tuesday for a non-conference match against Odessa.
The Marshall boys' soccer team handed visiting Hannibal its first NCMC loss of the season Friday, 1-0.
Two days after recording their first-ever victory over Helias, the Pirates (7-3, 4-1 NCMC) were stymied by senior goalkeeper Isaac Phillips -- who stopped shots by senior Casey St. Clair and juniors Tyler Thomure and Scott Cockrell for his second shutout of the season.
The Owls weren't doing any better against Hannibal senior Logan Robinson, but on his third shot on goal sophomore Isai Trujillo broke through thanks to a pass from senior Ben Valencia and notched his sixth goal of the year.
Valencia, senior Brian Arevalo and junior Bryan Sandoval also unleashed on-target attempts for Marshall (4-3, 3-1), which will be back in action Thursday at Kirksville.
Hannibal used a couple of long runs Saturday to hand the Marshall volleyball team a 25-13, 25-10 NCMC home loss.
The Lady Pirates (8-2-1, 2-0 NCMC) scored eight straight points to break open a 16-10 contest in the first set and took a commanding 17-2 lead with 16 points in a row during its second serve of the final game.
The Lady Owls were limited to nine kills, half their average number, with freshman Abbie Lemmons getting three shots down. Sophomore Olivia Haug had five of the team's 10 digs.
Marshall (4-7-1, 1-3) will be at home Tuesday to face Class 3, District 14 foe Oak Grove.