Waynesville Tennis took a hard hit last night to the Jeff City powerhouse Monday night, losing 0-9. Being our toughest opponent of the season, I didn’t think we played too bad against them.
The score depicts annihilation, but I was happy to see my young girls taking Jeff City to deuce multiple times.  In fact, Heather Emerson took the lead in her match on court 4 at one point.  Leading 2-1 and then splitting the next two sets, brought the score to 3-2.  Unfortunately, her Jay opponent picked up the pace at that point to finish 3-8. 
Consistency is a great challenge of ours. The girls fight hard. We’re just not consistent enough in our shots to hold our own against powerful teams like Jeff City.  We’re having to hit that hard in practice right now – when we get to practice. With three matches a week, it’s hard to develop skill at this point in the season.
We’re averaging about 4 hours of practice a week now. That’s just not enough to get everything done that needs to be done.  We know this is a building year, and we’re working hard to improve and better ourselves every day.
The girls play at home again on Tuesday against Osage and will hit the road to take on the Camdenton Lakers on Thursday.
 
Singles
Lauren DeMalade vs. Alekyyaa Donthireddy, 0-8
Klementyna Cichocki vs. Bailey Higgins, 2-8
Chloe Trusty vs. Quintera Lewis, 0-8
Heather Emerson vs. Sudhiksha Kumar, 3-8
Blaire Smith vs. Madelyn Becker, 0-8
Tiffany Bell vs. Emily Reed, 2-8
 
Doubles
Cichocki/Trusty vs. Susan Meyer/Bailey Patrick, 1-8
DeMalade/Emerson vs. Erica Dunn/Donthireddy, 0-8
Smith/Bell vs. Higgins/Kumar, 0-8