Osage's Davis captures tennis district championship in singles play

MICHAEL LOSCH, Lake Sun Sports Editor
Osage's Marley Corpe and Megan Smithson (top) and Lily Davis (bottom) with their medals at the district tournament in Marshall on Saturday, October 3.

Osage senior Lily Davis decided she was not ready to wrap up her tennis career with the Indians.

Osage embarked on the postseason in the individual portion of the Class 1 District 8 Tournament at Marshall on Saturday where Davis captured the title in singles play and her teammates Marley Corpe and Megan Smithson finished third in doubles play.

The day started with a two-hour rain delay as everyone waited for the courts to dry but it was a minor inconvenience as Osage coach Ann Gulshen noted how well the day went for her program.

Davis entered the tournament as the second seed in singles play where she defeated Marshall’s Jasmine Russell in straight sets for the first round and defeated Boonville’s Molly Amos with the same outcome. That set up a district title match with Boonville’s Emma Neidig who Davis had some history with this season in tournament championships.

Davis lost the two prior meetings with Neidig, but Gulshen pointed out that the senior took mental notes and lost by a closer margin the second time around. The third time proved to be the charm in the district championship as Davis won in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1, to take home the title.

“Lily was prepared mentally for a tough match,” Gulshen stated. “Neidig is a terrific tennis player but Lily was determined, focused and confident throughout the match. Lily is playing her best tennis and I am extremely excited and proud of her.”

Corpe and Smithson nearly advanced in the postseason as well, reaching the doubles semifinals and needing just one more victory to advance. The duo came up just short and finished strong with a win in the third place match.

Corpe and Smithson took out Boonville’s top doubles team in the first round in straight sets and met the top-seeded duo of the tournament from Marshall in the semifinals where they fell in straight sets to a pair of seniors that Gulshen noted had been playing together for four years. Corpe and Smithson met another Boonville team in the third place match who was undefeated entering the tournament and the Indian duo took care of business with a 10-6 win.

“These two girls have played well together all year long, but their performance Saturday was spectacular,” Gulshen said. “Marley played her best tennis this year and is a good leader on the court. Megan is just a freshman and is really becoming a solid player for us. She gained valuable experience this year and I am excited to watch her development and success continue.”

Davis moves on to state sectionals where she will play on October 9 or 10 in Marshall.