The Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team suffered its first NCMC setback of the season with Tuesday night's 25-21, 19-25 and 25-22 loss to Hannibal.
Fulton, which captured the 2009 conference title with a perfect 10-0 mark, slipped to 14-2 overall and 4-1 in the North Central Missouri Conference after Tuesday night's loss.
"Hannibal had no holes on the floor," Lady Hornets head coach Megan Herrick said. "They cover incredibly well and their block was a wall. It felt like we were playing a team with 10 people on the court.
"It was rough and we have work to do, but now Hannibal has a target on their back and we'll be coming after them."
Sophomore setter Melissa Hoerber topped Fulton with 17 aces, while senior libero Emily Wefenstette contributed 29 digs. Junior middle hitter Corri Hamilton also supplied three solo blocks and sophomore right-side hitter Rachelle Miller had four aces.
The Lady Hornets (7-7) dropped the junior varsity match 25-14 and 25-15. Sophomore libero Allie Pierce finished with a team-high 10 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Kennedy Bailey chipped in with eight.
Fulton (4-4) bowed in the freshman match 25-21 and 25-15.
The Lady Hornets' varsity squad plays host Helias in the first round of the Helias Tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Jefferson City. Meanwhile, Fulton's junior varsity team squares off against Quincy, Ill., in the first round of the Hannibal Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday.
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MOBERLY -- The Hornets fell to 5-6 on the season and 2-2 in the North Central Missouri Conference after Tuesday night's shutout loss to the Spartans.
Moberly, which recorded 11 shots on goal and had one corner kick, tallied goals in the 29th minute of the first half and the 35th minute of the second half. Fulton was limited to five shots on goal and didn't have any corner kicks.
"The game seemed to be pretty evenly matched," Hornets head coach Dave Milligan said. "Moberly has a really good team and plays well together. I'm still working with my guys to get them to the point where they work together."
Fulton hosts a varsity game against NCMC rival Mexico at 6 p.m. Thursday at Westminster College.
Senior center fielder Hannah Braun hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the host Lady Hornets to the North Central Missouri Conference win Monday night.
Braun -- who had eight put-outs on defense -- went 4-for-5 and scored three runs to fuel Fulton's lineup. Junior third baseman Rachel Washington was also 3-for-6 with a run scored, while senior second baseman Jamie Moore finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Sophomore shortstop Rachel Snethen, who pitched the first two innings, went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Freshman Autumn Lungstrom -- who went the final nine innings in relief of Snethen -- scattered seven hits, struck out four and issued a walk to pick up the win for the Lady Hornets.
"The ladies came out with lots of energy and kept it the entire game," Fulton head coach Laura Dooley said. "I am very proud of the way they played. They now know what they are capable of -- that is what we have been missing."
The Lady Hornets won the junior varsity game 1-0 in two innings.
Fulton completed a suspended home game against NCMC rival Mexico on Tuesday night. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Hornets host Kirksville in a conference doubleheader at 5 p.m. today.
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The Lady Hornets' victories came at Nos. 1 and 2 singles in Tuesday night's NCMC loss to the visiting Lady Spartans.
Fulton junior Jessica Klutts knocked off Moberly's Naomi Lewis 10-4 at No. 1 singles, while junior Ashley West held off the Lady Spartans' Alice Smith 11-10 (7-3) at No. 2.
The loss dropped the Lady Hornets to 0-13-1 overall and 0-5 in the North Central Missouri Conference.
"We started (the match) with doubles, and that was pretty dismal as the scores showed; I was definitely not happy," Fulton head coach Louis Schnoebelen said. "In singles, the girls bounced back and competed pretty hard."
Here are the rest of Tuesday night's singles and doubles results:
*No. 3 singles: Anna Warren (M) defeated junior Ashlee Thompson (F) 10-2; No. 4: Kelli Kraft (M) def. freshman Grace Hegemann (F) 10-2; No. 5: Olaia Chibite (M) def. freshman Suzie Whitmar (F) 10-4; No. 6: Jouran Cunningham (M) def. junior Emily Whitmar (F) 10-6.
*No. 1 doubles: Lewis/Warren (M) def. Klutts/Hegemann (F) 10-6; No. 2: Smith/Kraft (M) def. West/Thompson (F) 10-2; No. 3: Chibite/Cunningham (M) def. S. Whitmar/E. Whitmar (F) 10-2; No. 4: Emily McCarter/Sierra Phlughaupt (M) def. senior Olivia Bailey/sophomore Emily Barbour (F) 10-2; No. 5: Katie Matheis/Kenney Saunders (M) def. junior Caley Brown/freshman Michelle Moore (F) 10-0; No. 6: Lauren Finnell/Erika Durham (M) def. freshman Yvonne Geldner/junior Chelsea Smith (F) 10-1.
The Lady Hornets host NCMC foe Boonville at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Lady Blue Jays' Boschert
claims SLIAC volleyball honor
Westminster College's Megan Boschert on Monday was named the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's volleyball defensive player of the week for Sept. 20-26.
Boschert -- a freshman libero from St. Louis (Rosati Kain) -- logged 17 digs in back-to-back matches last week as the Lady Blue Jays went 1-1. She recorded 17 digs and four aces in Westminster's 3-0 win over MacMurray (Ill.) College, then posted 17 digs and two aces in a 3-0 loss to Illinois College.