Lady Owls untouched after first week

Friday, September 6, 2019
Junior Maricela Cruz and the rest of the Lady Owls have yet to lose a set in three matches. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The Marshall girls' tennis team opened the season this week with three NCMC shutout victories in as many days.

The Lady Owls made their first road trip successful Wednesday with a 9-0 win at Moberly. Their No. 1 doubles team of seniors Carlie Aldredge and Hannah Pomerenke and No. 2 combo of senior K.K. Elfrink and junior Maricela Cruz both won by 10-4 counts, with the No. 3 duo of sophomore Karsyn King and junior Lakeshia Thomas ground out a 10-6 decision.

The Lady Spartans (0-2, 0-2 NCMC) had their closest contest at No. 1 singles, where Aldredge held off senior Molly Greene, 10-8. Pomerenke posted a 10-0 whitewash; Elfrink, Cruz and King rolled to 10-1 wins; and Thomas cruised to a 10-3 victory.

Back home the next day, Marshall also swept Kirksville, 9-0, the match pretty much going the same way. All three doubles pairs won without much trouble: Aldredge-Pomerenke (10-2), Elfrink-Cruz (10-0) and King-Thomas (10-3).

The Lady Tigers (0-2, 0-2) posed a challenge at No. 6 singles, with Thomas defeating senior Abigail Ihnat, 10-6, and Arledge got some hitting from senior Christine Kuttenkuler during a 10-4 win. Pomerenke (10-0), Elfrink (10-0), Cruz (10-2) and King (10-1) had few difficulties.

The Lady Owls (3-0, 3-0) will head to Mexico for a rescheduled league match Monday.

Boys' Soccer: Oak Grove 3, Marshall 0

OAK GROVE -- The Marshall boys' soccer team that dominated Moberly in its season debut Tuesday missed the bus two days later.

The names and numbers were the same, but the offense misfired Thursday during a 3-0 non-conference loss at Oak Grove. The Owls had only a slight deficit in total shots (15-13), but only five of their kicks were within the frame -- junior goalkeeper Hagan Dyer making the stops for the clean slate. The Panthers (2-3) had given up 14 goals during their first four matches.

Oak Grove got all three of its goals from junior Gael Perez, attacking from the wing for the first one and heading in the next two.

Marshall (1-1) will try to get back in gear Friday with a non-conference tilt at St. Paul.

Volleyball: Marshall 2, Fulton 0

FULTON -- After stumbling out of the gate, the Marshall volleyball team with a 25-17, 25-11 NCMC win at Fulton.

The most significant improvement for the Lady Owls at the net. After posting a minus-.091 attack percentage in its opener, Marshall had a .291 efficiency against the Lady Hornets (1-1, 0-1 NCMC). Junior Emma Schulte had six kills with only one error, also adding in two blocks.

Senior Eliza Hare and junior Allie Schulte each knocked down four shots, with Hare also pulling up four on defense. Junior Lilli Summers produced seven digs and junior Brook Borchers had five saves and a pair of aces.

Junior Kate Donnell provided 16 assists for the Lady Owls (1-1, 1-1), who head to Carrollton for a non-conference match Tuesday.

Girls' Golf: Marshall splits

The Marshall girls' golf team opened its season at home Thursday by placing second in a triangular match.

Senior Hannah Hartwig had the third lowest score in the field with a 47 and sophomore Leah Weaver beat her best nine-hole showing of a year ago at 48 for the Lady Owls -- who tallied 208 points to finish behind Smith-Cotton (183 points) and ahead of NCMC rival Fulton (239).

The Lady Tigers had four players shoot 50 and under, led by sophomore Kiser Pannier with a three-over-par 39 on Indian Foothills Golf Course.

Rounding out Marshall's scoring were senior Brylee Dierking with a 55 and senior Mckenlie Bethel at 58. Freshman Karsyn Fuchs shot 69 in her debut.

The Lady Owls (1-1) will host Moberly and Glasgow on their home links Tuesday.

Softball: Fulton 17, Marshall 1

From the frying pan to the fire, that's what the young Marshall softball team faced for its second game of the season.

Although Fulton isn't a defending state champion, as was premiere opponent Mexico, it still won 22 games last year and showed that form Thursday to spoil Lady Owls' home debut, 17-1 in three innings.

Junior Sydney Hedgpath drove in four runs for the Lady Hornets (3-2, 1-0 NCMC), three with a homer during a five-run first inning. Fulton exploded for seven runs in the second, five errors contributing to the rally.

Marshall didn't commit any errors during the final frame, after scoring its first run of the season on a double by junior Anna Bergstrom to knock in junior Raziyah Thomas after a lead-off single, but still surrendered five runs on six hits -- including successive doubles by Hedgpath and juniors Payton Mosley and Kayla Neal.

The Lady Owls (0-2, 0-2) are hoping three games Saturday during the Marshall Tournament provides them a chance to reverse course.

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