Lady Owl spikers win third straight

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Freshman Emma Schulte had four kills to help the Lady Owls win their third match in a row. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

SWEET SPRINGS -- The Marshall volleyball team recorded its third straight win Monday with a 25-18, 25-22 non-conference decision at Sweet Springs.

Senior Anna Hartley and freshman Kate Donnell provided the impetus for the Lady Owls with a combined 19 assists, resulting in 17 kills -- five for junior Kassidy Heying.

Marshall got on top of the surging Lady Greyhounds (7-3-1), who had won seven of the previous nine matches, 17-6 in the first game. The Lady Owls trailed 22-21 in the second set before reeling off the last four points while freshman Emma Schulte was serving.

Schulte finished with four kills, with sophomore Eliza Hare and freshman Allie Schulte each putting down three shots.

Marshall (3-4) will return to the NCMC grind Thursday at defending champion Boonville, which has lost its first two league contests.

Softball: Mexico 4, Marshall 2

The Marshall softball team is getting closer to the elite of the NCMC.

The Lady Owls' rematch against league-leading Mexico was much tighter than the "10-run rule" tilt earlier this season, going the distance during Monday's 4-2 loss.

The Lady Bulldogs got on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning with a two-run double by junior Raigan Playter. They added two more runs in the fourth when freshman Abby Oetting singled in a run and came home on an error.

Marshall had only one baserunner until senior Rileigh Massey reached on a two-out error in the bottom of the fourth, junior Avery Brooks' single driving her in. Senior Ashley Dawson stroked a two-out double in the fifth, stole third base and scored on a passed ball.

Massey led off the sixth with a double, but was stranded on third base, and the Lady Owls got the tying run on board with no outs when Agcalon singled and freshman Sky Walton's grounder was booted. A bunt got the runners into scoring position with two outs, but junior Paytience Lawson-Holman ended the game with her eighth strikeout for Mexico (10-6, 6-0 NCMC).

Freshmen Kailei Allen and Abbie Marshall also had hits for Marshall (8-6, 2-5), which travels to Fulton on Thursday.

Girls' Tennis: Lady Owls split two

The Marshall girls' tennis team split a pair of non-conference matches this week, posting a 9-0 home shutout over Higginsville on Monday and falling Tuesday at Jefferson City, 6-3.

The Lady Owls got three 8-0 singles victories over the Lady Huskers (5-5) -- by junior Maggie Sherman, senior Emma Mizer and sophomore K.K. Elfrink. Sophomores Carlie Aldredge and Hannah Pomerenke won by 8-1 counts, while senior Matti Page took an 8-3 decision.

There were few difficulties for the Marshall doubles pairs: Aldredge-Pomerenke (8-3), Sherman-Mizer (8-2) and Elfrink-Page (8-0).

The Lady Owls won only one doubles match to open up against Jeff City, Sherman and Mizer winning 8-4 at No. 2. That put the pressure on the single, but the Lady Jays (9-5) prevailed -- with only Pomerenke (6-1, 6-4) and Elfrink (6-3, 6-0) coming out on top for Marshall.

The Lady Owls (9-3) will host Smith-Cotton on Wednesday for the annual fundraising barbecue. Hamburger or polish sausage, chips and dessert are available for $6.

Boys' Soccer: Grain Valley 1, Marshall 0

GRAIN VALLEY -- The Marshall boys' soccer team seems to be cursed against Grain Valley.

The Owls last three seasons have ended with losses to the Eagles, by a shoot-out in last year's Class 3, District 13 Tournament finals. During Monday's non-conference road match, Grain Valley took a 1-0 decision on a penalty kick -- sophomore Jack Knust converting during the final minute of the first half.

The Eagles (3-4) had a slight edge in shooting, 8-6, with sophomore Nate Booker getting two saves for the shutout.

Sophomore Diego Umana made four stops for Marshal (5-5), which will host Kirksville for an NCMC match Thursday.

Boys' Swimming: Three PRs for Owls

INDEPENDENCE -- The Marshall boys' swim team brought only four entries to the Truman Open on Saturday at Independence.

Sophomore Cooper Davis was 34th in the 200-yard freestyle (2:40.61) and took 1.80 seconds off his personal record while placing 39th in the 100 free (1:10.46).

Freshman Evan McKinney lowered his time in two events, by 4.01 seconds while finishing 39th in the 50 free (36.74) and 5.61 seconds as he came in 24th in the junior varsity 100 free (1:19.06).

Junior Matthew Huston was 36th in the 50 free (29.25) and junior Brayden Medcalf came in 41st in the 50 free (40.03) and 31st in the JV 100 free (1:33.62).

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