Waynesville tennis runs over Lebanon 8-1 on Monday as both teams fight the windy conditions
WAYNESVILLE — Waynesville tennis had a runaway victory over Lebanon during a windy Monday afternoon in which both teams had a tough time keeping their shots accurate.
Despite that, and Waynesville's lack of experience on the roster this season, the Tigers defeated the Yellowjackets 8-1.
“We have a very young team, with only two varsity returners this year, and many brand new to the sport,” coach Kayla Wilson said. “But the boys played great and fought hard.”
Robert Osborn beat his Lebanon opponent, Chad Howerton 8-2 as did Hunter Sadler versus Dakota Nichols.
Sadler said the key to fighting Mother Nature is to stay to what you know, with some minor adjustments.
“I just knew that if I stuck to what I usually do and my mechanics then I would be OK,” Sadler said. “I just tried to concentrate and not do anything too crazy. Just keep consistent.”
Nels Lund kept things rolling for Waynesville with a 8-5 win over Kenyon Clark.
John Parker defeated John Rogers 8-2 and Brian Fields sneaked out a 9-7 win over Dalton Beard.
“It was an edge-of-your-seat match,” Wilson said. “Brian's accuracy was highly tested, but he pulled through in our longest varsity match of the night.”
In doubles, Osborn and Sadler teamed up to defeat Howerton and Clark 8-4.
Lund and Kyle Roberts defeated Nichols and Brown 9-7.
“Lund and Roberts really proved how hard this team is willing to work and how devoted they are to a win,” Wilson said. “After a rough start in their doubles match, falling 6-1 early, they picked up the pace and fought in an exciting comeback, finally taking the win 9-7.”
Parker and Fields completed the sweep in doubles with a 8-5 win over Rogers and Beard 8-5.
Waynesville moved to 2-1 on the year.
Sadler said he and the seniors are hoping to make a deep run this year to make it a memorable final season.
“I hope to go pretty far,” Sadler said. “I'm really shooting for a place in districts and going to sectionals.”
The Tigers will be back in action Thursday, taking to the road to play Jefferson City. They will be back at home Friday when Rolla comes to town.