Indians and Lakers advance to district semifinals

Osage takes down Richland to advance to district semifinals

School of the Osage needed a little stamina Monday night in the opening round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament against Richland.

Thankfully, the Indians had plenty of gas left in the tank in a 5-2 win over the visiting Bears. Osage went into the singles round with a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, but Richland made Osage earn every single point as four singles matches went into tiebreakers. Osage took three of those tiebreakers and to advance to the district semifinals.

“The tiebreakers were insane,” Osage coach Brandy Hutzler said. “The girls are also not used to three sets. They are used to just the first to eight games so stamina plays a huge part of this. A lot of them went into the third set because of the second set being tricky, but the girls who won and pulled through on the third set had the stamina to get them through.”

One of the girls who displayed that stamina was Elise Davis. Davis started out with a loss in the doubles round and powered back with a 7-6 win in the tiebreaker.

“I just know that my team really needed it to move on to the next part of districts so I could not let my team down like that,” Davis said of the tiebreaker. “I knew that I had already lost once so I had to get us a point back.”

Stamina may have helped, but she also pointed out that having supportive teammates made a big difference too.

“No matter what, my teammates are are always there for me and even if I do miss a point, they are always there to support me.”

In the doubles round, the team of Kylie Misenheimer and Natalie Brick edged out their opponents with an 8-7 win and the duo of Maddie Amsinger and Lily Davis cruised to an 8-1 win. Lily also picked up a tough win in singles play with a 7-6 tiebreaker and Amsinger earned a 7-6 tiebreaker herself to seal the win just before dark with the absence of sunlight beginning to make it difficult for players to see.

“My doubles team of Kylie and Natalie were focused the whole time and have been working on cross court,” Hutzler stated. “They are a very strong doubles team so it was good to see them do well. Maddie’s feet were really bothering her and she fell, needing a medical timeout, yet she was able to pull through and focus.”

Elise also took some time to compliment her teammate coming through in the clutch.

“I was really excited that she did pull through since she was hurt,” Elise said of Amsinger. “I am just really proud of her since this is her first year on varsity.”

Osage (9-3) came into the match with a little momentum after a third place finish in the Waynesville Tournament over the weekend. The Indians were scheduled to visit Helias (13-3) in the semifinals on Tuesday afternoon and should Osage have advance, they will play for the team district title on Thursday at 4:30 p.m., in Jefferson City.

“We’ve played Helias a couple of times this season. We know they have really good skill so our goal is to always do better than the last time we played them,” Hutzler said.

Osage will also be in action on Saturday for the individual singles and doubles district tournament where they will face Richland again for the fifth time this season.

“It was our fourth time for most of our girls playing each other and they know our weaknesses and definitely played on that, which was good for them,” Hutzler said of Monday night’s match. “But it also made us stronger.”

Time will soon tell how strong the Indians will finish out the season as the playoffs continue.

Camdenton moves on to district semis in win over Smith-Cotton

Camdenton was ready to go Monday night in the opening round of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament.

The Lakers were on their home courts with Sedalia Smith-Cotton in town and they defended the home courts with a 5-2 win over the Tigers.

In the doubles round, the No. 2 team of Camdenton seniors Tori Risner and Faith Bowen were 8-5 winners and the Lakers took a 2-1 advantage into singles play after the No. 3 team of juniors Macie Abell and Darby Roam earned an 8-4 victory. In singles play, Abell swept her match with 6-4 and 6-0 victories and Roam also picked up a sweep as she won both sets by a final score of 6-1. A tiebreaker was needed to seal it, but Risner came through for the Lakers. The senior lost the first set 6-2 and came storming back with two straight wins in the second and third set by a score of 6-2 respectively.

Camdenton coach Kirk Richey was proud of all of his players, but was especially appreciative of the efforts of Camdenton senior and No. 1 player Coley Rezabek who came and fought for the Lakers on the tennis courts after helping the golf team capture a district title no more than an hour prior to the match.

“Coley had a huge day,” Richey noted. “She is an incredible athlete and an even better leader for our program.”

Camdenton (4-8) was scheduled to visit No. 1 seed Jefferson City (11-9) on Tuesday afternoon. Should the Lakers have won, they will play for the team district title on Wednesday in Waynesville at 4 p.m.