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  • Indians claim first in Laker Tournament in dominant fashion

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  • Beautiful, albeit breezy, weather set the backdrop for a gorgeous day of tennis Thursday — a day that ended with a trophy for the Osage tennis team at the Laker Tournament.
    The Lakers, under coach Kirk Richey, hosted the tournament on their home courts for the second year in a row. Camdenton hosted the teams from Osage, Kirksville and Richland. Four other teams — Lebanon, Parkview, Bolivar and Willow Springs — played at Lebanon with the winner from each pool playing for the combined tournament championship.
    In the Camdenton pool, Osage dominated play, defeating Kirksville 9-0 in morning play, dispatching Richland 9-0 in mid-day play and taking down Camdenton 8-1 in the afternoon round.
    Camdenton finished the day at 1-2, trouncing Richland 8-1 in the morning, but falling to Kirksville, then to Osage 2-7 and 1-8 respectively.
    In morning action, Camdenton's most competitive match came against Richland's third doubles team, with the Lakers' C.J. Borden and Logan Hollingsworth capturing the win after the match advanced into a tiebreaker.
    Osage coach Scott Blacksher described his team's morning match against Kirksville as "competitive." The number one doubles team of Thomas Uhl and Jordan Wilson played a seesaw battle against Kirksville, ultimately winning 9-7.
    "My boys have had to play well [against Kirksville]. And they did today," Blacksher said. "Kirksville numbers one and two are solid players."
    The same solid Kirksville team proved more problematic for the Lakers in the second round. Several close matches went to tiebreakers that ended in a Kirksville victory. Camdenton's win came at numbers four and five singles by Dimitri Iordanou and C.J. Borden.
    Richey said inconsistent play hampered the Lakers against Kirksville.
    "We'll have three or four outstanding games then we'll start making unforced errors," he said.
    Osage had little trouble with Richland, winning 9-0 in the second round.
    The two largest lake-area schools met in afternoon play.
    "We'll have to play our best to be able to compete with Osage," Richey said prior to the match up.
    Several competitive matches evolved during the doubles round, but Osage was able to secure a win in all three. Osage seniors Ryan Curran and Adam Keith, playing together in the number two doubles slot, were impressive, hitting smart shots against their Laker opponents.
    Watching the match from outside the fence, Blacksher discussed the team, who made it to the state tournament in 2013. He said he'll have to wait until after the Wayneville tournament — where Curran plans to compete as a singles player — to decide if the team will work towards another state run in 2014. Curran's performance at the Waynesville tournament on April 26 will dictate how the pair moves forward.
    In singles play, Osage senior Thomas Uhl and Camdenton freshman Grant Burton squared off in the top singles match. With strong serves and smart shot selection, the pair competed in one of the most outstanding matches of the day, but Uhl, with strong net play, won 8-5.
    Page 2 of 2 - Osage's Adam Keith and Camdenton's Zach Brown battled at the number three spot in what turned out to be the biggest comeback of the day. Brown pulled out to a quick 7-1 lead — one game away from the win. But Keith remained calm, using lobs to drive Brown back from the net. The tactic worked, as Keith won eight games in a row, taking the match 9-7.
    Logan Hollingsworth was the lone winner for Camdenton against Osage, defeating Rowman Trowbridge 9-7.
    Osage went 26-1 in individual matches during pool play and will play Willow Springs — the winner of the Lebanon pool — in the championship match Thursday, April 17 at Camdenton.
    With a win over Fulton Friday, the Indians are now 6-0 in 2014. Camdenton is 2-2.

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