Stars can’t capitalize on home court advantage

Silverthorne Arena didn’t feel like home for the Stephens College volleyball team Monday night. A small, but vocal group of students from visiting Central Christian College made sure their school was the one that felt at home.

The Heralds beat the Stars 30-18, 30-24, 30-25.

Extra Points: Bruins net 10th victory

The Rock Bridge soccer team won its first game in the Catholic Youth Council-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament in St. Louis.

Smith shows triple-threat ability in win

After leading Missouri on two scoring drives to start the Tigers’ game Sep. 9 at Troy, Brad Smith and the Missouri offense stalled. The Trojans’ defense kept Smith in the pocket and the Tigers away from the end zone.

Smith finished the game with 36 yards rushing. He also attempted 46 passes, the most for Smith since he was 28-of-50 in a 51-28 loss against Bowling Green in 2002.

Confidence builder

Missouri’s victory Sunday was a boost in confidence for the Tigers with Big 12 Conference play nearing. The win meant even more, though, to sophomore midfielder Lauren Vineyard.

Missouri beat Loyola-Chicago 2-1 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex to improve to 3-4-1 with games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State approaching next weekend.

Travels will challenge Rock Bridge

The undefeated Rock Bridge soccer team will go a long way this week to test itself.

After winning the Parkway Tournament on Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, the Bruins (9-0-1) will return there for the 50th annual Catholic Youth Counsel-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament.

Extra Points: Tigers golfers finish 13th

Junior Chris Mabry shot a four-over 74 on Sunday and the Missouri men’s golf team finished 13th at the 15-team Notre Dame Invitational at Warren Golf Course.

Mabry’s 74 gave him a three-day total of 226, 17 strokes behind individual medalist Ryan Yip of Kent State.

Back on their feet

Gary Pinkel knew his team needed to improve after a disappointing game at Troy.

“I think there’s an expectation level out there, and there should be,” Pinkel said. “I told our football team after the game a week ago is that we let a lot of people down, and there’s an expectation level out there. Missouri fans expect us to have a very good football team.”

Cougars’ two-year streak still alive

The winning streak at Owens Soccer Stadium stayed alive for another night. The Columbia College men’s soccer team added another home win Saturday night, beating William Jewell College 2-1.

The winning streak dates back to Nov. 13, 2002, when Columbia College lost in the Region V semifinal game to Graceland University.

Shen, MU too much on court for Baylor

It could have been a complete rout, except for one detail. The third game.

The MU volleyball team defeated Baylor 3-1 (30-18, 30-19, 24-30, 30-15) at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Bruins misfire against Blue Jays

LIBERTY – For every good play Rock Bridge made, there was a bad one.

Trailing 20-14 at the end of the third quarter with the ball on the Liberty 9-yard line, quarterback Logan Gray threw an interception at the goal line on second down.

Kewpies shut out Patriot offense

Hickman bounced back from its first loss of the season and made a statement Friday night at Parkway South.

The Kewpies beat the Patriots 44-0, dominating on special teams and defense.

Teammates and country-mates

From stacks of bread and butter to squirrels jumping out of trees, the friendship between Shen Danru and Na Yang has covered thousands of miles.

Shen and Na are talented teammates and outside hitters on the Missouri volleyball team, and both are from China. Shen, an All-Big 12 Conference player last year, had 4.3 kills per game this year, and Na, a freshman, has 3.1 kills per game as of last week’s Tiger Invitational.

Tigers up to the task

It took Missouri one drive to shake off the aftereffects from its loss to Troy.

Starting from the Tigers’ 20-yard line, running back Damien Nash carried for no gain. Quarterback Brad Smith hit Thomson Omboga for 2 yards. Smith scrambled left for 5 yards, then Brock Harvey punted.

Tigers gain confidence on defense

After a shaky opening game performance against Arkansas State, Missouri’s defense improved against Troy. The Tigers defensive play continued to get better Saturday during Missouri’s 48-0 win against Ball State.

The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and quickly moved the ball to midfield, gaining two quick first downs. Once Ball State reached midfield, though, the Missouri (2-1) defense stiffened and forced the first of 10 Reggie Hodges punts.

Highs and lows

Omboga returning punts: Thomson Omboga returned a punt 49 yards in the first quarter to spark the Tigers. After a sluggish first offensive series, Omboga’s return gave Missouri excellent field position on Ball State’s 33. The drive ended in a 20-yard Joe Tantarelli field goal for the first score of the game.

Missouri turns around 2nd-quarter production

In the first two games this season, the second quarter was a great time for opponents to make up ground against Missouri.

Arkansas State and Troy combined to outscore Missouri 27-14 in the second with the Tigers giving up the lead against Troy that they would not get back. The Trojans scored 17 of their 24 points in the second quarter on Sept. 9 in the Tigers only loss of the season.

At home on base

Thousands grow up dreaming of turning their childhood games into big-timecareers.

Jayce Tingler, former Missouri Tiger and Smithville native, isn’t there yet, but he’s on his way.

Leaps of faith

Sitting in his Columbia living room as a 12-year-old, B.J. Wolters made a life decision. He had just witnessed his first skydive on a television show, and immediately the pre-teen knew he had found his calling.

“It just looked so awesome and fun,” Wolters says. “I knew I had to try it.”

Bruins stumble on interceptions

For every good play by the Rock Bridge Bruins, there was a bad one.

Quarterback Logan Gray ran for a touchdown on the opening drive of the first quarter and in the third threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Prinard Black. But Gray also was responsible for four interceptions.

Sesay motivated to prove himself

A shortened 2003 season left Victor Sesay with something to prove this year. So far he has made his point.

The senior tight end has had the biggest influence on the team through the first two games and should remain an important receiving option for quarterback Brad Smith throughout the season.