Lakers send Darby Roam and Macie Abell in singles play while Osage sends the doubles team of Kylie Misenheimer and Elise Davis

Camdenton’s Roam wins singles district title in all-Laker final

The best way to ensure the season continues is by making sure there are no other schools in the finals.

That is exactly what Camdenton did on Friday in individual districts as Darby Roam and Macie Abell battled for the singles title in an All-Laker final for the Class 2 District 9 Tournament. After bowing out in team play in the championship match against Springfield on Wednesday, Camdenton pinned its chances on individual districts and found a way to play on the courts for another day.

Roam’s path to the championship involved a straight sets win over Lebanon (6-0, 6-2) in the quarterfinals and a three-set battle with Springfield Central in the semifinals (5-7, 7-5, 6-3). Meanwhile, Abell started off with a three-set win over Springfield Central (6-3, 2-6, 6-4) and followed it up with a straight sets win over Rolla in the semifinals (6-1-6-0). Roam, who has played at the top of the lineup all season for the Lakers, managed to take down Abell in the finals (7-5, 6-0), but the top two players advance to sectionals so both Lakers will have a chance to qualify for the state tournament.

In individual doubles, the duo of Haley Hultz and Jessica Watson won their first battle with Waynesville in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) before bowing out in the quarterfinals against a top-seeded Springfield Central duo (0-6, 1-6). The other Camdenton pair of Kaitelyn McGuire and Victoria Watson also won their first match against Hillcrest in a straight sets sweep (6-0, 6-0), but fell to the No. 2 seeded Springfield Central doubles team in the quarterfinals (0-6, 0-6).

Camdenton finished its 2018 season 9-4 and will now be represented by Roam and Abell in singles sectional play at Gillenwaters Tennis Complex in Springfield on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Osage’s Elise Davis and Kylie Misenheimer make it to sectionals

School of the Osage is heading to sectionals.

In individual district play at Springfield Catholic on Friday, the doubles team of Elise Davis and Kylie Misenheimer punched their ticket to the next round after finishing second in the Class 1 District 9 Tournament. The Indian pair went up against Springfield Catholic for the title and fell short in a straight sets (3-6, 1-6) defeat, but the top two teams advance to sectionals with an opportunity to earn a bid to the state tournament. Eliza Koeppen nearly made the cut in singles play, but ended up finishing third.

Misenheimer and Davis will be in action again this week. The schedule for the next match was not available at the time of press.