Camdenton reaches finals of team districts and Osage's Davis reaches state singles tournament
Camdenton reaches finals of team districts
Camdenton's Victoria Watson and Haley Hultz already qualified for the state doubles tournament. The entire Laker team nearly joined them Thursday night.
Camdenton began the team portion of the Class 2 District 5 Tournament at Lebanon on Wednesday where the Lakers entered the tournament with a bye as the second seed. After knocking off No. 3 Rolla in the semifinals, 5-1, the Lakers (8-5) met Ozark Conference foe Glendale (12-3) in the championship Thursday night and came up short in a 5-0 sweep.
"Coach (Ted) Houx and I couldn't be more proud of our team. The varsity girls checked off every goal they had as a team this season," Camdenton coach Kirk Richey stated. "Haley, Victoria and Katelyn McGuire were able to play for two district championships in three years and that is quite an accomplishment considering how strong of a district we are assigned to as a team."
And it was quite the season for Camdenton.
The Lakers achieved their goal of finishing with a winning regular season record, won the Waynesville Tournament, finished in the top four of the Ozark Conference Tournament and had multiple All-Conference selections in addition to the district final appearance and bid to the state tournament.
Up next for Watson and Hultz is the state doubles tournament on Thursday and Friday from Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. The action gets underway at 9 a.m.
"Haley and Victoria are excited to get the chance to play in the Class 2 State Tournament. Coach Houx and I believe the girls are playing their best tennis right now and they are focused on continuing the high level of play in Springfield," Richey said.
Osage's Davis reaches state singles tournament
School of the Osage began the team portion of district play last week at Marshall and while the Indians (3-8-1) did not get the result they were looking for in the Class 1 District 8 Tournament, the season is not quite over just yet.
Osage, the third seed in the tournament, lost to No. 2 Boonville (7-6) on October 5, 5-1, but Lily Davis was back in action on Saturday for sectionals in singles play at Marshall and she punched her ticket to the final showdown at state. Davis beat her opponent from Father Tolton (6-1, 6-0) to capture a state bid and she will tango with the best in Missouri on Friday and Saturday at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
In doing so, Davis joins her older sister Elise as one of the program's state qualifiers. Elise Davis and Kylie Misenheimer reached the state doubles tournament in 2018 and finished with All-State honors after capturing eighth place.
"I am so proud of Lily," Osage coach Ann Gulshen said. "She has played incredibly well throughout the playoffs and we are looking forward to this weekend."
Tournament brackets have not been draw up yet as of this time, but the action is slated to begin on Friday at 2 p.m.