The Osage Indians' perfect tennis season continued Tuesday afternoon, with a 9-0 victory against lake-area rival Camdenton.
While the score might indicate a blowout win for the Indians, many of the individual matches were much closer than when the schools first met April 10.
Strong rallies marked the number one singles match between Osage's Thomas Uhl and Camdenton's Grant Burton. While the level of tennis was high, Uhl made fewer unforced errors, taking the match 8-2.
Osage's numbers two and three — seniors Ryan Curran and Adam Keith — played with confidence, both winning their matches 8-1.
The most hotly-contested singles match was at the number four position — a seesaw battle between Osage sophomore Jordan Wilson and Camdenton senior Dimitri Iordanou. While both made unforced errors, Wilson came out on top 9-7.
The other close match was at number six. Osage freshman Rowman Trowbridge, a relative newcomer to the sport, won 8-6 by making few unforced errors. Trowbridge excelled at returning the ball to the middle of the court and not doing too much with his shots, letting his opponent make mistakes.
"He just doesn't miss," Osage coach Scott Blacksher said about Trowbridge. "He will improve his game by keeping it in."
In the doubles round, Osage swept with 8-1, 8-3 and 8-4 wins.
Now midway through the season, both teams are looking to finish the season strong.
Blacksher and Camdenton coach Kirk Richey will know more about where their teams stand approaching the district tournaments following this weekend's Waynesville individual tournament.
"We're going to get a lot of matches in at one time," Richey said of the busy week leading up to the Waynesville tournament.
Blacksher hopes to see his top two players — Uhl and Curran — go deep into the singles tournament. The outcome of the tournament will decide how Osage plans to approach a run to the state tournament. With the success Osage has seen this year, an appearance at the state level seems more likely with each passing win. In individual matches, Osage has an impressive record of 87-3.