It only took six matches for the Camdenton tennis team to secure the five wins necessary to walk away victorious in the first round of district team play Monday afternoon. The Lakers defeated the team from Smith-Cotton High School 5-1.
Notching wins were number one Luc Ginoux (6-1, 6-1), number two Connor Burton (6-2, 6-7, 6-1), number four Theo Bushnell (6-2, 6-3), number five Seth Hamilton (6-4, 6-1) and number six Ryan Elliott (6-0, 6-3).
The Lakers opted out of playing doubles since the team secured the necessary number of wins.
Next up for the Lakers was the defending state champion team from Rock Bridge High School in Columbia. The Bruins, ranked number one in the district, have only lost one match in 2013 the season to Edwardsville (Ill.) High School.
The squad traveled to Columbia Tuesday to face the Bruins, who outplayed them 6-0.
"When you play a perennial state champion team, it's always a challenge," Camdenton coach Kirk Richey said.
While Rock Bridge presented an across-the-board challenge for the Lakers, Richey was particularly interested in the number one singles match.
Going into Tuesday's district math, senior Luc Ginoux had only lost twice this season, once to the top player from Jefferson City and in the semifinal of the Ozark Tournament against the Glendale number one.
Ginoux squared off against Rock Bridge's number one, who also lost to the Jefferson City player by roughly the same score. The winner of the match would likely be seeded number two in district individual tournament this weekend — and thus, have the easier path to advance to the sectional tournament. Despite a huge effort, Ginoux fell short, losing 2-6, 2-6.
Ginoux will likely be seeded number three in singles district tournament Saturday.
Teams in Camdenton's district include Rock Bridge, Jefferson City, Hickman, Helias and Smith-Cotton.
Despite a host of struggles, mainly due to weather and rescheduling, the Lakers ended the regular season with a 9-3 record, a stark turnaround from the 2012 season.
The Lakers placed fifth in the Ozark Conference tournament May 2 — not too shabby considering the conference is one of the most difficult in Missouri. Ginoux took third in the singles tournament while the doubles team of seniors Connor Burton and Aric Osborn placed fifth in the doubles tournament.
Camdenton plays in the district singles and doubles tournament Saturday at Bethel Park in Columbia.