MHS Round-up: Lady Owls stopped at sectional

Monday, October 19, 2009

BLUE SPRINGS -- The Marshall girls' tennis team ran into a powerhouse from St. Joseph during the MSHSAA Class 1 Sectional meet Saturday at Blue Springs.

For the second year in a row, Bishop LeBlond knocked the Lady Owls out of the playoffs in the first round, 6-0. This time, rather than a senior-laden Chillicothe squad, the Lady Eagles (11-0) had only crosstown rival Benton to deal with in the quarterfinals, easily winning a 5-1 decision to head to state.

Marshall was missing sophomore No. 3 singles player Amy Van, taken ill by the flu, which head coach Susan Carney admitted "didn't help any." Still, she "knew they were a strong team."

The Lady Owls put up a strong fight in doubles play to open the match. Senior Virginia Hutcherson and sophomore Haley Evans pushed junior twins Loree and Conner Hazelrigg during a 6-3, 7-5 loss at No. 1, and the next two tilts went three sets.

Seniors Lauren Looney and Summer Bridges came from behind to beat sophomore Skylar Simpson and senior Susana Morales -- taking Van's place -- 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Junior Katie Lorenz and sophomore Meg Robertson held off sophomore Allea Summers and senior Audra Taylor, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

"We were knocking on the door," Carney said. "It just didn't happen."

Marshall (16-4) didn't come as close in singles, dropping three straight-set matches. Only Summers won a game, taking the first set against Looney at No. 3, 6-4, and tied 1-1 when the match was stopped.

The doubles tandem of Hutcherson and Haley will continue its quest for a state medal Friday, when they make a return visit to the MSHSAA Class 1 Individual Championships at Springfield.

Boys' Soccer: Marshall 10, Chillicothe 0

CHILLICOTHE -- Senior Alex Tapia had three goals and an assist Saturday as the Marshall boys' soccer team made short work of Chillicothe, claiming a 10-0 non-conference road win in a mere 47 minutes.

Sophomore Erik Moreño set up senior Pedro Ruiz for a shot in the match's first minute, and the rout was on. Senior Marvin Alvarez and junior Santiago Alarcon connected, then Tapia knocked in a pair of goals.

A few seconds later, senior Mauricio Hernandez converted a feed from junior Jon Najera to give the Owls a 6-0 lead with the contest only 21 minutes old.

Tapia and Moreño tallied to make it 8-0 at halftime, with juniors Ebert Alvarez and José Reyes finding the mark early in the second half to dispatch the Hornets (2-11) early.

Junior Jacob Phillips came up with three saves for his seventh shutout of the season for Marshall (15-3), which returns to NCMC action today at Fulton.

VERSAILLES -- The Marshall volleyball team went 1-1-1 in pool play Saturday to make it to the quarterfinals of the Versailles Tournament.

Unfortunately, that's when the Lady Owls ran into Rosati-Kain of St. Louis and were eliminated, 25-22, 25-9. There was no shame in that, considering the Kougars went undefeated during the meet, beating Green Ridge for the championship, 25-21, 25-16.

Still without senior middle Morgan Ryther -- who is out with the flu -- Marshall lost its first pool match to Stover (25-20, 25-12), beat Clinton (25-18, 25-17) and then split with Hallsville (18-25, 25-11) to finish the preliminaries.

Junior Becca Keller's 28 kills led the Lady Owls' offense, senior Kim Deutsch pulled up 40 digs on defense and senior Aubrie Plummer -- a day after being crowned MHS Homecoming Queen -- provided assists on 51 of the team's 78 successful attacks.

Marshall (12-13-2) will have a week off, hopefully time enough to get healthy, before closing the regular season at home Saturday against NCMC rival Hannibal.

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