Indians win five of six singles matches to seal it

It was neighbor against neighbor on a chilly Wednesday night in Camdenton as the Lakers hosted School of the Osage for the annual Lake area battle.

Osage senior Grant Naudet loves playing against familiar faces and he may have enjoyed it even more this time around as the Indians came away with a 6-3 win.

“It is always a tough one and it is always fun, especially because we are not very far,” Naudet said of the annual matchup. “A lot of times, we know everybody on the other team so it is always a great matchup to just get out there, have fun and be competitive.”

As the night got underway and serves began to fly across the net, it was Camdenton that actually had the upper hand as the Lakers finished the doubles round with a 2-1 lead.

The Camdenton duo of Drew VanHook and Clayton Kempf were 8-5 winners while the team of Rocky Jennings and Cole Bernhard also won their match by the same margin. Meanwhile, Osage’s Tony Floyd and Drew Elley put the Indians on the board with a 9-7 tiebreaker win.

Although Osage was behind, the tide began to turn as the Indians came out on top in five of the six singles matches.

Naudet, who represents the Indians at the top of the lineup in the No. 1 spot, was an 8-4 winner along with Logan Havner at No. 2 singles. Hunter Albers bested his opponent in a 9-7 tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, Mitchell Turner won his match via injury default at No. 4 singles and Floyd also won a 9-7 tiebreaker.

Naudet, who took on Camdenton’s No. 2 player with the top player in the lineup being unavailable Wednesday night, said his match was by no means an easy one.

“He was doing pretty good,” the senior said of his opponent in VanHook. “I noticed he was trying to hit it to my backhand a lot and hit it deep. I’m not very strong on backhand so I just hit it deep right back and short sometimes to make him move up and down or back and forth.”

As for Camdenton, Noah Morgan picked up the lone victory with a 9-7 tiebreaker at the No. 6 spot and No. 4 player Cole Bernhard was leading before going down with an injury.

Camdenton (1-8) will look to bounce back at the Waynesville Tournament on Friday. Osage (3-6) was scheduled to host Mexico on Thursday and the Indians will also be in tournament action at Waynesville on Friday.

“It is always great to get another win and we are kind of in a rebuilding year this year only having three seniors on the team and all of us not being very experienced with only a few years under our belts,” Naudet remarked. “It is good to get practices and wins like this to help get our guys experience.”