Her statistics weren’t impressive, but that isn’t important. For Missouri middle blocker Melissa Allbery, just being able to finally play was what mattered. Allbery, a redshirt sophomore, played in her first game as a Tiger on Tuesday in a 30-13, 30-11,30-13 win against the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1-6). MU is 3-0.
Missouri goalkeeper Laura Buehrig earned her first Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award on Tuesday. Buehrig, a sophomore earned her second straight shutout in the Tigers’ 2-0 victory against Indiana on Friday in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge. She followed that up on Sunday with eight saves Missouri’s 2-1 win against Purdue.
The Bruins swept Quincy (IL) 9-0, moving their record to 5-1 on the season. At No. 1 singles, Elizabeth Worsowicz defeated Kelsey Smith 6-0, 6-1 and at No. 2 singles, Sara Ginsburg defeated Danielle Hummel 6-0, 6-1. Allison Wulff defeated Jenny Palmer at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0. At No. 1 doubles, Worsowicz and Alice Litofsky defeated Smith and Hummel 6-0, 6-4.
The Bruins defeated the host Jefferson City Jays 1-0 on Tuesday night. The Bruins broke a scoreless tie in the 67th minute, when forward Brian Ogweno broke through three Jays defenders and blasted a shot from the top of the box into the right corner of the net.
The Kewpies beat Boonville 25-15, 25-19 on the road Tuesday night and improved to 3-0 on the season. Jenny Keener led the team with four kills and a block and Meg Ann Schlader had three kills and a block, but it wasn’t the Kewpies’ offense that excited coach Greg Gunn.
The Bruins defeated Montgomery County in three games Tuesday night. The score was 25-10, 21-25, 25-7. Rock Bridge cruised in the opening game and in the deciding game but service errors slowed the Bruins in the second.
One of the Rock Bridge Bruins’ softball team’s main issues is a lack of pitching. Fortunately, junior Kelsey Oerly is up for the task.
The field dug into the ground at Cosmopolitan Park is affectionately known to the Hickman soccer players as “The Pit.” And on Tuesday night, “The Pit” was rocking as students and parents came out to watch Hickman trounce Smith-Cotton 4-0.
One of the most visible sights in the dark outside of Hearnes Center at 5:57 Monday morning was the blinking red lights on the cyclists leading the way for William Tan at the start of the 46th Heart of America Marathon. Two hours, 41 minutes, and 12 seconds later Tan, 48, became the first person in a wheelchair to complete the marathon, possibly setting a world record at the same time.
A lot of blowouts by Big 12 Conference teams Saturday led to a lot of big statistical days. Missouri’s senior quarterback Brad Smith’s numbers stood out the most. The Big 12 Conference named Smith its offensive player of the week for the first week of the season Monday. In Missouri’s 44-17 win against Arkansas State, Smith completed 29-of-37 throws for 317 yards and a career-high four touchdowns passing. He also ran for 95 yards on 12 carries, all with playing just six plays in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Missouri senior setter Lindsey Hunter was named Big 12 Conference Volleyball Player of the Week, and the Tigers (2-0) moved up from No. 21 to the No. 14 spot in the national coaches’ poll Monday. In MU’s first two matches Hunter averaged 16.7 assists and 1.83 digs to lead the team to the title of the Tiger Invitational. Hunter was named Most Valuable Player for the invitational.
It seemed like a comfortable situation. Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel stood on the sidelines Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, watching his team dominate a weaker opponent in Arkansas State. Pinkel was comfortable enough that with 6:49 to go in the third quarter and the Tigers leading 37-0, he interrupted senior quarterback Brad Smith’s demolition of the Indians. He replaced Smith with freshman Chase Daniel, a heralded high school recruit who was named Smith’s backup five days earlier.
Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow said he has been working with his players to become smarter hitters, on Sunday the Tigers looked like geniuses. No. 21 Missouri (2-0) used a combination of power and finesse to upset No. 9 Tennessee 30-27, 30-23, 30-20 to win the Tiger Invitational at Hearnes Center. The loss dropped the Volunteers to 2-1.
Missouri freshman Ashley Hamblin’s transition to college was made easier by her family. Her soccer family, that is.
The Mid-Missouri Mavericks (30-63) lost their eighth straight on Sunday, falling 10-4 to the Kalamazoo Kings (53-42) at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Mich. Outfielder Brian Baker went 2-for-3 with a home run for the Mavs. Mavericks’ starter Ezequiel Perez fell to 1-3. Four Kings players scored two runs each, including Tim Brown, who had three hits, including a home run.
HOUSTON — Jason Marquis went more than a month without winning a game for the St. Louis Cardinals. He didn’t trust his pitches and found himself on the mound waiting for the next bad thing to happen. The right-hander is feeling much better after consecutive complete-game victories.
KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals had to be wondering where this offense has been for most of the season. The Royals had 18 hits, including three home runs and five doubles, in their highest-scoring game of the season, a 17-8 victory against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
KANSAS CITY - This was nice. All summer Brad Smith had heard the questions in post-practice interview sessions.
KANSAS CITY - Gary Pinkel is known for coaching mistake-free, disciplined football. During Pinkel’s first four seasons as coach at Missouri, his offenses had the fewest turnovers in NCAA Division I-A football. MU allowed the least penalty yards in the Big 12 Conference last season and 10 yards to Arkansas State in its 52-20 win in Columbia last year.
The Rock Bridge offense might receive more publicity, but it was the defense that led the Bruins to a season opening 33-14 victory Friday at home against Marshall. With a capacity crowd on hand, the Bruins defense dominated Marshall’s running game, forcing the Owl’s quarterback, Paul Wayne Thomas, to use his leg to punt the ball as much as his arm to throw it.