STATE CENTER - Whitney Benson had 13 kills and eight digs and Alarie Craven added 41 assists and was perfect in serving as the West Marshall volleyball team swept Carlisle to open the new season Thursday.
West Marshall, which also got 10 kills from from Kaitlyn Nichols, defeated the Wildcats 25-17, 25-21, 25-17.
Adding to the win for the Trojans were Sydney Beals and McKenna Hotopp. Beals finished with nine kills and seven digs, while Hotopp added seven kills and six digs.
West Marshall (1-0) will next play Saturday as the Trojans participate in a tournament in Bondurant. Action begins at 9 a.m.
Bobcat JV girls edged by Wahawks
The Marshalltown girls' junior varsity cross country team edged Waterloo West by four points for the team title at Thursday's Marshalltown Earlybird meet at MCC.
The Bobcats had a trio of finishers inside the top 10 and all seven runners placed 17th or better as MHS totaled 40 points to Waterloo West's 44. Thalia Chavarria led Marshalltown in finishing third in 20 minutes, 33 seconds, while Riley Peterson was fourth in 20:35. Abigail Saucedo finished sixth (20:50), Erin Carmichael 13th (21:48) and Joan Kester 14th (21:50).
MHS JV boys bumped to third place
Waterloo West narrowly missed a perfect score while Marshalltown lost a tiebreaker for second place in the 4th annual Marshalltown Earlybird cross country meet on Thursday at the MCC course.
Waterloo West won with 17 points, while Ottumwa and MHS tied with 79. Ottumwa won the tiebreaker as the Bulldogs' sixth runner finished one place ahead of the Bobcats' sixth finisher.
Alex Heinrichs clocked in at 20 minutes, 24 seconds to lead Marshalltown in seventh place, while Tony Smith timed 21:31 for ninth. Adam Podhajsky (19th), Jose Palmarez (22nd) and Brett Bethke (24th) rounded out the MHS team scoring.
South Tama's fifth-place team finish was paced by Blake Keller's fourth-place result in a time of 19:50.