Waynesville Tennis showed up to play for the Ozark Conference tournament on Tuesday, May 1, finishing fourth out of 10 teams.
Seeded fifth, Waynesville was one of two teams to beat their seed today. Waynesville matched up against Lebanon in the first dual of the day. Having already played Lebanon three times this season, and only winning once, Waynesville was expected to drop again today. The Tigers went into the match head strong, however, determined to give their all. That’s exactly what they did. We’ve struggled in doubles all season. The past three times we’ve played this team, we’ve only been able to take one doubles win. During the conference tournament, we knew if we could come out strong in doubles, we’d have much more success if we could lead going into singles play and we pulled it off. With wins at two and three doubles, the Tigers needed three more wins to take the victory overall. Then, taking wins at two and three singles, Waynesville pulled to a 4-1 lead. Dropping the next three matches, however, tied the teams at 4-4. Coming down to the last match once again, David Sneed finally got his victory over a strong Bryson Crowell. Sneed has been working for this moment all season. Bryson is a solid player and always seems to take the upper hand. This was a big win for David, and I was proud to see his hard work pay off. We played like a team. The boys stood behind each other and cheered on one another throughout the entire match. This was a well-fought team battle today. Another proud coach moment.
Next, Waynesville matched up with the top-seeded Joplin team. Immediately following the two and a half hour long match against Lebanon, Waynesville dropped five straight games to the Eagles.
Playing for third place, Waynesville matched up with Glendale. Taking one win at 3 doubles, the Tigers fell 1-5, and left in fourth place overall.
All-Conference honors were also awarded after the meet. Tyler Gayman earned recognition for the Tigers this season.
Waynesville has the rest of the week off from match play. They will compete in Team Districts next, which is scheduled to be played Monday through Wednesday of next week. Individual Districts will be held May 12 at Camdenton.
Waynesville vs. Lebanon, 5-4
David Sneed vs. Bryson Crowell, 8-5
Tyler Gayman vs. Cade Winfrey, 8-2
Cameron Martell vs. Lane Hisel, 8-6
Shawn Berrios vs. Zachary Stubblefield, 6-8
Aarron Emperato vs. Austin Hurney, 2-8
Caleb Andrews vs. Nathaniel Smith, 4-8
Gayman/Martell vs. Crowell/Winfrey, 4-8
Sneed/Emperato vs. Hisel/Hurney, 8-3
Berrios/Andrews vs. Stubblefield/Smith, 8-6
Waynesville vs. Joplin, 0-5
David Sneed vs. Garrett Lewis, 0-8
Tyler Gayman vs. Gustavo Garcia, Incomplete
Cameron Martell vs. Asa Borup, 2-8
Shawn Berrios vs. Nicholas Mailes, Incomplete
Aarron Emperato vs. Bennett Satterlee, Incomplete
Caleb Andrews vs. Logan Allen, Incomplete
Gayman/Martell vs. Lewis/Garcia, 0-8
Sneed/Emperato vs. Borup/Mailes, 2-8
Berrios/Andrews vs. Satterlee/Allen, 2-8
Waynesville vs. Glendale, 1-5
David Sneed vs. Finn Wartick, 1-6
Tyler Gayman vs. Payton LaFevers, 1-6
Cameron Martell vs. Drake Stephens, 3-6
Shawn Berrios vs. Brandon Rader, Incomplete
Aarron Emperato vs. Mohammad Hassan, Incomplete
Caleb Andrews vs. Kendrick Scott, Incomplete
Gayman/Martell vs. Wartick/LaFevers, 0-6
Sneed/Emperato vs. Stephens/Rader, 1-6
Berrios/Andrews vs. Hassan/Scott, 6-4