MISSOURIAN ROUNDUP: Notre Dame tennis reaches district title match

The Notre Dame girls tennis team shut out the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders 5-0 to advance to the finals of the Class 1 District 2 team tournament Tuesday.

The Bulldogs got the early lead and never looked back, thanks to three doubles wins. The frst two doubles matches both ended 8-1 as Claire Bruenderman and Anna Grace Stroup defeated Maddox Murphy and Sydney Turner at the No. 1 spot, and at Claire Southard and Megan Gullette beat Claire Hadler and Sydney Turner at No. 2. The third doubles match had to be decided in a tiebreak, with Amina Hussein and Emma Marshall defeating Rachel Howey and Macy Smith 9-8 (3).

Notre Dame (12-0) only needed two singles wins to secure the match after that, which they got from Gullette defeating Hadler 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 3 match and Stroup beating Turner at the No. 4 match, 6-1, 6-2.

The Bulldogs will face off against Potosi for the district championship today.

Oakville 5, Jackson 0

The Indians were shut out by the Tigers in the semifinals of the Class 2 District 1 tournament.

Jackson (7-7) never found its footing in the match as they lost all three doubles matches. Oakville moves on to the finals to take on Cape Girardeau Central.


No.1 -- Aleksandra Blagojevic (O) def. Alice Mansell 6-0, 6-0

No.4 -- Lauren Oppits (O) def. Claire Abernathy 6-0, 6-1


No.1 -- Blagojevic-Callie Balin (O) def. Mansell-Delaney Pipkin 8-2

No.2 -- Emma Hitt-Oppits (O) def. Mia Foote-Avery Ford 8-3

No.3 -- Megan Blanchard-Nina Mruckovski (O) def. Abernathy-Marissa Buehler 8-0


Woodland 23 25 25 Leopold 25 22 21

The Cardinals outlasted the Wildcats for a come-from-behind three set road triumph.

Maddison Altenthal finished with 15 kills and three blocks, while Ally Whitener had 22 assists and nine digs for Woodland (19-2-3). The Cardinals got 10 kills and 10 digs from Chloe Goodwin, while also getting 10 assists and 10 digs from Kaitlyn Zajicek.

The duo of Kyla Beel and Paige Davis almost won it for Leopold (17-7-4) as Beel had 25 kills and 16 digs, with Davis contributing 35 assists and nine kills.

JV -- Woodland won 25-11, 25-18

Perryville 25 23 25 Jackson 15 25 12

The Pirates won a decisive third set at home to take down the Indians.

Madelyn Bourne led Jackson (13-5-3) with 19 assists. Olivia Ward finished with a team-high seven kills.

JV -- Jackson won 25-14, 25-18

Notre Dame 25 25 Kennett 20 21

The Bulldogs picked up a home win, defeating the Indians in straight sets.

Sarah Brennan had a team-high 14 assists to help Notre Dame (13-6-4) to the win. Rylee McClintock finished off half of those assists, ending with seven kills. Maggie Eby was the Bulldogs team leader in digs with seven.

Meadow Heights 25 25 Zalma 11 19

Josey Wahlers and Kambri Erzfeld led the Panthers to a straight sets home win over the Bulldogs.

Wahlers finished with a team-high 10 assists, three kills and three aces. Erzfeld led Meadow Heights (11-12) in digs with 13 and aces with four. Gracie Cook also pitched in five kills for the Panthers.

Zalma (7-10-2) was led by Tracie VanGennip and her eight assists. Haley Gunn and Logan Lemons tied for the team lead with three kills.

Cape Central 25 25 Puxico 4 11

The Tigers held the Indians to 15 total across two sets to pick up a road victory.

Ella Vogel was the team leader in three categories for Cape Central (15-6-1), finishing with seven kills, four blocks and three aces. Olivia Hukel led the Tigers with eight assists and Morgan Hessenkemper finished with the most digs at five.

JV -- Cape Central won 25-12, 25-21

Eagle Ridge wins two

The Eagles did not drop a set in either match as they defeated the Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis 25-13, 25-18 and the St. Louis Ignite Volleyball Club 25-14, 25-17.

Jasmine Brown nearly had 20 digs in each match for Eagle Ridge (19-5), finishing the first match with 19 then having 23 in the second match. Rachel Margrabe led the Eagles in kills for both matches ending up with 15 in the first and then five in the second.


Farmington 19, Chaffee 3

The Knightettes scored early and often to run rule the Red Devils on the road.

Control issues plauged Chaffee (3-16) in the loss as they surrendered 11 walks and hit two batters. Lilly Wessel and Hailey Rains each doubled for the Red Devilsa.


WP -- Courtney Swink. LP -- Jayden Welch. 3B -- Swink (F). 2B -- Lilly Wessel (C), Hailey Rains (C). Multiple hits -- Farmington: Abby Waugh 2-3, Jayden Neubour 2-2

Festus 13, St. Vincent 3

Hunter Ellsworth picked up the win in the circle and hit a home run at the plate as the Tigers run-ruled the Indians.

St. Vincent00300--352

WP -- Hunter Ellsworth. LP -- Grace Heberlie. HR -- Ellsworth (F). 3B -- Abigail Rickermann (F) Blair Boumer (F), Morgan Green 2 (F). 2B -- Alaina Hotep (SV). Multiple hits -- Festus: Rickermann 3-4, Boumer 2-4, Green 3-4, McKenna Templeton 2-2; St. Vincent: Hotep 2-2


Cape Central 4, Saxony Lutheran 1

The Tigers scored two goals in each half to beat the Crusaders on the road.

Kaya Newkirk netted the two goals in the first half to get Cape Central (10-2-1) the lead. Zach Mattison and Zach Moore put the finishing touches on the game each scoring once in the second half. T.K. Ayers had the Tigers only assist.

Saxony Lutheran (6-7) scored its one goal when Jase Boland slid one into the back in the net off of an assist by Matt Wydra.

Notre Dame 4, Poplar Bluff 0

The Bulldogs used three second half goals to pick up a road win against the Mules.

Will Dodson scored two goals to lead Notre Dame (9-3-1) to victory. Colton Neumeyer assisted on one of Dodson's goals with Andrew Mueller assisting on the other. Neumeyer also had an assist on the goal from Jack Floyd. Drew Vandeven also found the back of the net for the Bulldogs.

--From staff reports

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