By Robert Alan Richardson sports writer
The MCMS tennis team had two matches this past week competing against both St. Joseph’s and Jefferson City coming away with two big wins. Against St. Joseph’s on the best day weather wise for the entire season, the boys took a 7-2 victory while the girls posted a 4-3 win. According to Coach Sloan Gill, “The boys and girls were ready to play some awesome tennis matches today and they did just that. We upset a seasoned veteran team overall 11-5 and the team really took control of the matches early. There were so many good matches going on that I couldn’t just sit and watch one.”
These outstanding young tennis players had winners at #1 singles 8-1 by Chandler Brady, #2 singles player John Cardwell winning 8-0, and Owen Anderson winning a close match 8-6. The five doubles teams almost threw a shutout winning four of the five matches in convincing form. Winners included at #1 doubles Joah Plumley and Ben Gill at 8-3, #2 doubles team of Wyatt Breedlove and Nicholas Lewan pitching a shutout at 8-0, #4 doubles got a win from Chandler Brady and Joah Plumley 8-4, and John Cardwell and Ben Gill winning their match 8-4. The MCMS girls’ team had sixdoubles matches and defeated St. Joseph’s 4-3 by taking a win at #1, #2, #4, and #5. In order winners were Emily Webb and Abby Adams 8-1, Brooke LaVack and Caroline Schlabach 8-2, Meredith Eidson and Abby Kate Barber 8-1, and Susan Bishop and Abby Kate Barber finishing the matches and opponents off with and 8-5 victory.
The teams then traveled to Jefferson City Middle School for a matchup with a team they had already defeated in an earlier meeting this year. The second meeting would turn out pretty much the same for the boys 4-1, but the girls couldn’t pull out the win losing 4-1. Coach Gill commented, “Our boys were not a bit frightened by a team that we expected to play at a higher competitive level and took down the Dragons winning big overall. This was a huge win for the boys and I am proud of them. However, in the girls’ match, Jefferson brought their A game and were ready to play.
Our girls have worked extra hard this week and were very confident at practices and heading into this match.” The girls had some very close matches with long rallies, drop shots, overheads and aces being played in spectacular fashion. There was one tiebreaker match and others where there was only one break of serve that determined the outcome. Gill again complimented his team, “The lady Bulldogs played hard and determined to give it all they had, so I’m very proud of the way they played.” The boys’ team produced winners at #1 and #2 singles as well as #1 and #2 doubles while the girls were victors at #2 doubles. Those in the winner’s circle were Chandler Brady 8-1, Joah Plumley 8-2, John Cardwell and Ben Gill 8-3, and Nicholas Lewan and Wyatt Breedlove 8-4. For the girls the lone winners at #2 doubles were Abby Kate Barber and Annie Breedlove 8-5.