The Lady Owls split four matches, the two losses coming to eventual medalists. Evans and Markes opened the meet Friday with a 6-1, 6-0 loss to sophomore Connor Cassity and senior Caroline Greenberg of Clayton, a pair which would reach the championship match before falling to seniors Jocelyn Koester and Brianna Menolascino of Visitation Academy in St. Louis, 6-0, 6-3.
Marshall bounced back with a pair of wins, defeating Bishop DuBourg of St. Louis juniors Rebecca Canino and Dorothy Bohac, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, and Trenton seniors Jaci and Jessica Tracy, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
The Lady Owls were eliminated in the consolation semifinal round Saturday 6-1, 6-2 by senior Abigail Porter and junior Emma Samek of Bolivar, who would go on to win the fifth-place tilt.
It was the first time at the state tournament for both Evans and Markes, the District 8 champions and sectional winners who finished the season with a 16-5 mark. Evans took the No. 1 singles title at the NCMC Tournament, while Markes placed second in the conference at No. 2 singles.
HANNIBAL -- Hannibal rallied from a three-goal deficit Saturday to claim the NCMC championship with a 5-4 overtime decision over the visiting Marshall boys' soccer team.
The Owls jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 17 minutes, junior Bryan Sandoval setting up senior Wilber Palma four minutes into the match and sophomore Isai Trujillo connecting twice -- the first assisted by sophomore Roberto Hernandez.
Junior Tyler Thomure got the Pirates on the board two minutes later, but Trujillo recorded the hat-trick for his team-high 18th goal of the season in the closing seconds of the first half.
Unfortunately for Marshall, it was unable to add to its tally during the second period and the home team stormed back. Senior Aaron White headed in a corner kick, senior Blake Hosley converted a penalty kick and Thomure tied the contest with 13 minutes remaining in regulation when he got a one-on-one chance against freshman goalkeeper Levi Jacobs -- playing in place of senior Isaac Phillips.
Hannibal (19-5, 11-1 NCMC) won in the ninth minute of OT on a free kick by senior Tyler Osborne.
The two teams could meet again in the Class 2, District 8 Tournament at Kirksville, which they enter as the top two seeds. Meanwhile, the Owls (10-8, 8-3) close the conference season Tuesday at Moberly.
HANNIBAL -- Hannibal went undefeated in NCMC volleyball play to repeat as championships with Saturday's 25-10, 25-15 home win over Marshall.
The Lady Pirates (25-6-1, 10-0 NCMC) have won or shared four straight league titles.
Junior Karson Heying had four kills to lead the Lady Owls, with freshman Abbie Lemmons adding three. Senior Rachel Brown and junior Analee Tucker each came up with four digs and senior Jashawna Terry provided six assists.
Marshall (11-16-3, 3-7) is the No. 3 seed in the Class 3, District 14 Tournament at Oak Grove, which it opens today against Richmond.