Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, Chillicothe (Mo.) HS sports recap: Volleyball squad wins in conference, golf drops pair, two rainouts

Tuesday produced a true mix of outcomes for the Chillicothe (Mo.) High School athletic teams which had action scheduled.
The volleyball Lady Hornets defeated visiting Cameron in straight games to notch their ninth overall victory, but get in the “wins” column in Midland Empire Conference play for the first time this fall.
Chillicothe’s varsity golf girls all scored better than their individual season averages in a 9-holes double-dual match at Macon, but lost to both the hosts and Mexico.
Neither victorious nor vanquished were the softball Lady Hornets and soccer Hornets. The CHS softball team was rained out of its slated MEC home game against Maryville and the boy booters had the same fate for their match at Maryville.
Volleyball team gets first league win
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Pulling away in the latter half of each game, the volleyball Lady Hornets raised their overall record to 9-3-1 Tuesday night with a 25-14, 25-19 home win over Cameron. Chillicothe gained its first Midland Empire Conference victory of 2016 after two losses.
After sputtering in the early going of the opening game, Chillicothe put together a couple of good stretches of play to pull away and win by 11 points. Game two saw neither side able to generate any runs through the first 30 points.
Finally, after Cameron climbed within a point of the Lady Hornets four or five different times in mid-game, the Lady Dragons managed to pulled even at 16-16. Chillicothe promptly won five rallies in a row to gain command and finally closed it out with a 6-points lead on senior libero Charlie Plummer’s serve which Cameron failed to get back over the net.
While usual net offense leaders Whitney Clampitt and Katelyn Parkey did their usual damage – Clampitt with 14 “kills” in 28 tries and Parkey with 11 in 21, everyone who had a chance to serve for the Lady Hornets contributed to the victory, even though none had a lengthy stay behind the line. Sophomore Elli Ross and senior Hannah Jones each served five winning points in nine attempts. Each of the other six Chillicothe servers had at least two winning points, but, as a team, the hosts won only 24 of the 51 points they served.
The Lady Hornets weren’t particularly effective finishing offensively. Their setting attempts produced a winning shot only 25 times in 64 tries, led by senior Carly Gardner’s 14 assists.
Next for the volleyball Lady Hornets will be a home match against St. Joseph: Lafayette Thursday.

Haakonstad stays hot in losses
MACON, Mo. — Although their individual scores continued to be relatively-tightly bunched, the Chillicothe golf Lady Hornets wound up with a pair of losses in a double-dual match against Mexico and host Macon Tuesday.
With Macon south of the initial band of rain which angled northeastward across northern Missouri, the full nine holes of the match were able to be played at the Macon Country Club course. The host Tigerettes prevailed with a 194 behind medalist Kassie Martin’s 41. Mexico carded a 202 and the Lady Hornets had a low-4 score of 221.
“The Lady Hornets battled the rolling hills and sloped greens of the course effectively,” summarizes bob Long, CHS coach.
Leading CHS for a second-consecutive event was sophomore Hannah Haakonstad, who entered the action with the highest scoring average of the varsity quintet for the day. On the heels of her 104 in Monday’s tournament at Sedalia, she posted the equivalent for nine holes at Macon – a 52. Her round included matching par on the par-3 ninth hole.
Having cut more than 21/2 strokes per nine holes off her season average Monday, Haakonstad lowered it significantly another full stroke Tuesday to 61.2. That’s a drop of nearly 10 strokes from where it stood after her first 27 holes of the year.
“Hannah's (improvement in) chipping and putting has allowed her to lower her scores,” notes Long.
The other four varsity players for Chillicothe scored within two strokes of each other at Macon. Hannah Sherrow and Lexi Hargrave each posted 56s, Maddie Lamp a 57, and Riley Brobst a 58. In every case, that was below their 2016 averages to date. Each sports an average between 57 and 59 shots per nine holes.
“Every time out, any of the Lady Hornets could contribute the low score,” Long states.
Chillicothe’s three junior-varsity players also competed Tuesday. Jensen Simmer had a 60, Lauren Price a 63, and Anna Shackelford a 66.
Weather permitting, the Lady Hornets are competing in their own Chillicothe Invitational 18-holes tournament today.