Lady Owl netters improve to 5-0

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Marshall girls' tennis team usually counts on the experienced top of the line-up to pull it through, but it was the bottom which proved the difference Wednesday during a 5-4 non-conference home decision over Hickman.

The Lady Kewpies took two of the three doubles matches, the exception being a 10-1 victory by sophomore K.K. Elfrink and senior Matti Page at No. 3. That meant the Lady Owls needed four singles wins for the victory, and those they got.

While Hickman (6-3) was winning two matches at the top of the order, including senior Rebecca Shyu's tough 11-9 decision over sophomore Carlie Aldredge at No. 1, the Birds made their run from the bottom.

Page came off first with a 10-6 win at No. 6, followed by Elfrink at No. 5 with a 10-2 romp. Junior Maggie Sherman got a 10-6 nod at No. 3 to put senior Emma Mizer in position to clinch the match with a 10-5 victory at No. 4.

Marshall (5-0) hosted NCMC foe Boonville on Thursday, but results from that match were not available at press time. The Lady Owls' top six will compete Friday in the Barstow Tournament.

Girls' Golf: Owls third at trimeet

Two Marshall girls posted their best nine-hole scores on their home links to open the golf season Tuesday.

Sophomore Hannah Hartwig took seven strokes off her previous low with a 50 on Indian Foothills Golf Course, while sophomore Brylee Dierking's 55 was a five-shot improvement.

The Lady Owls finished a close third place in the triangular with a 237, two points behind Glasgow. Moberly breezed to victory with a 209, led by Alessia Oliver's 45.

Junior Lauren McComas with a 65 and a 67 by senior Chastity Stephenson rounded out Marshall's team score. Sophomore Mckenlie Bethel came in with a 68.

Up next for the Lady Owls (0-2) will be Friday's Boonville Tournament.

Volleyball: Marshall 2, Mexico 0

The Marshall volleyball team picked up its first win of the season, and the icebreaker for new head coach Rhett Rook, with a 25-18, 25-20 home decision over NCMC rival Mexico.

The Lady Owls got early leads and made late runs in both games. Senior Anna Hartley reeled off a pair of five-point serves to take a 20-13 advantage in the first set and an 18-13 spread over the Lady Bulldogs (2-3, 1-1 NCMC) in the second.

Junior Kassidy Heying was Marshall's main force at the net with 11 kills, freshman Kate Donnell provided 10 assists and Hartley recorded the lone ace.

The Lady Owls (1-4, 1-3) have a week off before heading to Carrollton on Thursday.

Boys' Swimming: Two PRs for Owls

SEDALIA -- Two Marshall boys improved their times Tuesday during a six-school swim meet at Smith-Cotton.

Junior Cooper Davis took 1.15 seconds off his previous best while placing eighth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:41.37) and junior Brenden Medcalf sliced .44 seconds off his standard in the 50 free (31.21 seconds).

Other top-10 finishes for the Owls were fifth place for sophomore Brayden Medcalf in the 500 free (9:44.06), junior Matthew Huston with eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:29.14) and junior Garrett Huston ninth in the 100 free (1:10.06) and 10th in the 50 free (28.87).

Marshall will be back in the pool Tuesday at Blue Springs South.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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