The Waynesville tennis team played a pair of matches at the end of last week. The Tigers played Lebanon for an Ozark Conference match on Thursday, April 12, taking a 4-5 loss, before facing Richland on Friday. The match against Richland couldn't be completed due to storms.

Waynesville Tennis took a hard loss against Lebanon, 4-5.  Tonight was a very important match, as we knew the result would play a huge factor in our district seedings.  Having already spilt matches with Lebanon this season, tonight’s match would act as the tiebreaker.  Starting ahead on all doubles courts, the Tigers quickly lost momentum and entered into singles play behind their Yellowjacket opponent, 1-2.  Tyler Gayman and Cameron Martell took the only doubles win for the Tigers tonight. These two are extremely dependable.  They’re consistent, but aggressive, which is extremely important in boy’s tennis.  They play smart and communicate very well.  Despite the fact that they both claim to be singles players, they join together to make a vicious doubles team.   

The Gayman/Martell duo split for singles, both taking victories and bringing the score to 3-2. Caleb broke his opponent after taking losses in both of our previous matchups with Lebanon this season.  Unfortunately, we took losses on courts four and five, to tie the match at 4-4.  Only needing one more victory, the fate was in number one David Sneed’s hands.  Sneed has had several matchups with Lebanon’s number one, Bryson Crowell.  Some have ended in our favor, and some have not. In this match, we were not so lucky. Bryson is quite the athlete.  He’s quick. He’s smart. He’s all over the court, and he never wears out.  He’s one of those players who can be so frustrating to play.  It doesn’t seem to matter what tactic you use on-court.  He always seems to make it to the ball somehow. Sneed played him well.  And despite the score, he did not let Lebanon take the easy win.  Dropping 2-8 at number one, Lebanon took the team win to break the tie.  

We could possibly see this team two more times this season (Conference and Districts). Instead of shying away from the competition, we are praying for the opportunity to verse this team again.  Lebanon is a great team. We learn something every time we play them.  We’ve made it our goal to get them next time.  

The Waynesville Tigers then tried to take on the Richland Bears on Friday, but were interrupted by thunderstorms. Leading 4-0 when the lightening kicked off, the Tigers had only dropped one game as a team the entire night. We came out fighting from the start, and the boys didn’t stop until the weather failed to cooperate.   

Waynesville Tennis vs. Lebanon, 4/12 

Singles

David Sneed vs. Bryson Crowell, 2-8

Tyler Gayman vs. Lane Hisel, 8-1

Cameron Martell vs. Zach Stubblefield, 8-4

Shawn Berrios vs. Austin Hurney, 2-8

Aarron Emperato vs. Nathaniel Smith, 4-8

Caleb Andrews vs. Cody Martin, 8-5

Doubles

Sneed/Berrios vs. Crowell/Hisel, 8-1

Gayman/Martell vs. Stubblefield/Smith, 8-3

Emperato/Andrews vs. Hurney/Martin, 1-8

Waynesville Tennis vs. Richland, 4/13

Singles

David Sneed vs. Bryan Buckley, 8-0

Tyler Gayman vs. Shawn Cottrell, Incomplete (2-0)

Cameron Martell vs. Chase Pemberton, Incomplete (1-0)

Shawn Berrios vs. Benjamin Decker

Aarron Emperato vs. Braden Alexander

Caleb Andrews vs. Dakota Pemberton

Doubles

Gayman/Martell vs. Buckley/C. Pemberton, 8-1

Sneed/Emperato vs. Cottrell/Decker, 8-0

Berrios/Andrews vs. Alexander/D. Pemberton, 8-0