Lady Owls second in home tournament
The Marshall girls' tennis team has lost only two matches this season, both to the same opponent.
Grain Valley took a 6-3 decision from the Lady Owls in the round-robin finale Saturday to claim the Marshall Tournament championship. That ended a five-match win streak for Marshall.
The Lady Owls opened the meet easily enough with a 9-0 victory over Trenton (3-6), their fourth shutout in a row. Sophomore Taylor Crawford (10-2); seniors Payton Beeler (10-1), Amanda Harrelson (10-1) and Idalia Aguilar (10-0); sophomore Jessie Lappin (10-2); and freshman Elizabeth Pomerenke (10-0) cruised through their singles tilts.
Things were a bit closer for Marshall in doubles play, since all three teams had to be reconfigured due to missing players. Senior Jesse Lundervold and freshman Charlotte Lines at No. 1 and junior Mary Elfrink and sophomore Bailee Merchant at No. 3 took 10-5 decisions, while seniors Savannah Simpson and Emily Casella's won by a 10-6 margin at No. 2.
However, the Lady Owls wouldn't win again in doubles during the tourney.
"We have some work to do here and can't wait to get on the court and work to get better," remarked MHS head coach Susan Carney. "The girls are all giving good effort, but need to work more on strategy and hitting the ball stronger."
The Lady Owls also swept singles play during a 6-3 victory over Palmyra (2-6-1) behind Crawford (10-6), Beeler (10-5), Harrelson (10-3), Aguilar (10-3), Lappin (10-3) and Pomerenke (10-2). Marshall's Nos. 1 and 2 doubles teams battled during 10-8 losses.
That set up the confrontation with the Lady Eagles (10-1), which started off well with Crawford avenging an earlier loss to senior Nathalie Barr with a 10-4 decision. Grain Valley took three of the remaining singles tilts, with the Lady Owls wins coming from Aguilar (10-5) and Pomerenke (10-2) -- who, like Crawford, finished the day unbeaten.
"It was great experience for all of the girls to play three matches in one day," Carney said. "It's very similar to the conference tournament."
Marshall (8-2) will be on the road Tuesday at Odessa.
Boys' Soccer: Owls drop two matches at Moberly
MOBERLY -- Not having junior Isai Trujillo on the pitch certainly has an impact on the Marshall boys' soccer team.
Without Trujillo, the Owls were shut out in back-to-back contests for the first time in over six years Saturday to finish fourth in the Spartan Invitational at Moberly. Heading into the tournament, Trujillo had been involved in 20 of the team's 33 goals, scoring 16 of them.
Fatima defeated MHS in the semifinal round, 1-0. The only goal of the match came in the second half on a shot by junior Evan Schulte, while junior Justin Box made five saves for the Comets (5-4).
In the third-place match, the Owls fell to host Moberly, 3-0. Junior Jevons Spiller connected twice in the second half after a free kick by senior Jake Burger with under two minutes remaining in the first period put the Spartans (3-3) in front.
Sophomore Levi Jacobs had five stops in the first game and one in the second for Marshall (6-4), which entertains Kirksville in NCMC play Thursday.
Volleyball: Hannibal 2, Marshall 0
HANNIBAL -- Hannibal remained one of only two unbeaten teams in the NCMC volleyball race Saturday with a 25-17, 25-21 home win over Marshall.
Senior Brooke Watson had seven kills and five digs and senior Melanie Blasť dropped in three aces for the Lady Pirates (8-2, 2-0 NCMC), who meet conference's other undefeated team Tuesday at Boonville.
The Lady Owls got seven spikes and five saves from sophomore Abby Lemons, while senior Anile Tucker added eight digs and three aces.
Marshall (7-5-1, 2-2) will take on a fellow Class 3, District 14 member Tuesday when it travels to Oak Grove.