Battling breezy conditions, three lake area tennis players qualified for individual state tennis tournaments Monday afternoon.
Camdenton senior Luc Ginoux easily defeated the top Waynesville player to qualify for the Class 2 singles tournament. He won 6-0, 6-3 in Monday's sectional competition.
Ginoux had a much more difficult task making it to sectionals because of a tough district tournament on Saturday. Ginoux was seeded fourth in the district singles tournament, which pitted Camdenton players against athletes from Jefferson City, Helias, Hickman, Smith-Cotton and the perennially talented Rock Bridge group.
Ginoux squared off against Harry Bozoian, of Rock Bridge, taking the match to three sets, winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-1. Next up for Ginoux was Sam Johnson, Jefferson City's top player who defeated Ginoux earlier in the season. Ginoux again battled through a three-set match, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Ginoux would win districts over the second Rock Bridge entrant, James Majors, 7-5, 7-5.
Ginoux will play in the Class 2 state tournament May 24 at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
After dominating in the district tournament, Osage had mixed results in the sectional competition Monday.
Juniors Adam Keith and Ryan Curran only dropped three games in the entire district tournament Saturday, taking the doubles championship with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Marshall's number one doubles team.
In Monday's sectional match, Keith and Curran dominated play again, winning 6-0, 6-1 over Kirksville's top doubles team.
Keith and Curran will advance to the Class 1 state doubles tournament Memorial Day weekend.
Osage junior Thomas Uhl, the only lake area player to reach state in 2012, came two points away from matching that feat in 2013. Uhl won handily in the district competition Saturday, but fell 0-6, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (2) in a tough sectional match against Kirksville's Austin Motley on Monday.
Motley's tough serve stymied Uhl in the first set of the sectional match up, but Uhl battled back to 5-4 in the third set with two match points. Motley went after the two match points, eventually winning the match in a dramatic third set tie-breaker.
Osage coach Scott Blacksher described the match as "one of the most dramatic matches" in his 24-year career as a tennis coach.
But Uhl's season isn't quite over yet. Having won districts as a team, Osage will enter the Class 1 team tournament May 18, playing the 16-3 team from Fulton.
The team tournament will serve as a primer for Keith and Curran as they prepare the doubles tournament on Saturday, May 24.