Lady Owls sweep at Carrollton
CARROLLTON -- Senior Taylor Ervin had nine kills, six digs and four aces Thursday during the Marshall volleyball team's 25-19, 25-12 non-conference win at Carrollton.
The Lady Owls scrambled on defense, logging 44 saves -- including 13 by senior Ariel Smith. Senior Abby Hartley knocked down five shots and sophomore Analee Tucker had three kills and six digs.
Marshall dropped seven aces in on the Lady Trojans (3-2), two by senior Haley Witcher -- who also assisted 17 of the team's 21 successful attacks.
The Lady Owls (3-6-1) head to Hannibal for an NCMC tilt Saturday.
Boys' Swimming: Nichols adds two state events
BLUE SPRINGS -- Marshall senior Tyler Nichols is four for four in winning races this far during the boys' swimming season.
Nichols won both of his events Tuesday at the Blue Springs South Duals, matching his personal record in the 50-yard freestyle (22.53 seconds) and finishing first in the 100 backstroke (56.03) by 3.63 seconds. Both of his times easily eclipsed the qualifying standards for the MSHSAA Championships.
The rest of the young Owls were largely confined to freestyle races while they develop technique in other strokes. Freshman Isaiah Guthrey had a nice meet, placing 13th in both the 50 free (26.92) and 100 breaststroke (1:27.53).
Marshall will compete Saturday in the Park Hill Invitational.
Softball: Fulton 10, Marshall 0
FULTON -- Sophomore Autumn Lungstrom came within an out of pitching a perfect game Thursday during Fulton's 10-0 NCMC home win over the Marshall softball team.
Three weeks after freshman teammate Brooke Baysinger tossed a no-hitter at the Lady Owls during a 17-1 win, the Lady Hornets completed the sweep of the season series thanks to a nine-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Fulton (5-9, 4-4 NCMC) banged out nine hits and drew five walks, three with the bases loaded, during its outburst. Lungstrom forced in a run with a free pass and had her second RBI single of the game.
Marshall broke up the perfecto when junior Dustey Crawford singled with two outs in the top of the fifth. The Lady Owls (1-10, 0-7) entertain Hannibal on Saturday.
Girls' Golf: Marshall hosts triangular
The first home golf match of the season proved a lift for both of Marshall's girls.
Sophomore Lindsey Sullivan tied for the third-lowest score of the triangular match on the back nine of Indian Foothills Golf Course with a 58, parring on No. 14 and shooting a bogey on No. 11. Junior Stephanie Davidson took four strokes her score from her performance on the course a year ago with a 67.
In team play, Sacred Heart defeated Green Ridge, 194 to 271, behind sophomore Alex Bankovich's 40.
The Lady Owls host the Marshall Invitational on Monday.