Swept all four sets they play in event at Excelsior Springs
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Chillicothe High School’s tennis Lady Hornets had the top doubles entry in Wednesday’s Excelsior Springs Tournament and finished third in the team standings behind Kansas City: Winnetonka in the 8-teams event.
Junior Hannah Cypert and sophomore Hunter Keithley of Chillicothe won all four of their sets in the No. 1 doubles division of the tourney. A decisive 6-2 triumph over Odessa’s entry capped the Lady Hornets tandem’s march to the title.
CHS had a second-place finish from its No. 3 double entry, the combination of Brynlee Faulkner and Olivia Lamp. They won all three of their “pool” matches against the entries from Kearney, Excelsior Springs, and Cameron before falling 1-6 to Winnetonka’s entry in the No. 3 doubles title set.
“So proud of these girls!” Lady Hornets coach Amanda Marsh reflected. “We had some key players really step up and play well.”
The tourney format had two pools of 4-teams each with each pool playing 5-position (Nos. 1 and 2 singles and Nos. 1, 2, and 3 doubles) matches round-robin within it.
Chillicothe won all three of its matches, shading both Kearney and Excelsior Springs by 3-2 counts and shutting out Cameron 5-0.
Individual competition then continued with the top-performing entry from each pool for each the five positions meeting in a position “title” set. The pool runnersup for each position also met in a third-place set.
Chillicothe had one third-place finisher – Macy Cavanah in No. 2 singles. She won three of four sets, topping an Odessa foe for third.
Snaring a spot in the third-place set among No. 2 doubles teams, CHS’ Lauren Gregory and Hannah Zimmerman dropped it to end their day with two wins and two losses.
Chillicothe’s top singles player, Gracy Reeter, won only one of her “pool” sets, so she did not play a fourth time.
The tennis Lady Hornets are right back on the court today (Sept. 14, 2017) for a challenging assignment. They’ll host Trenton at 4 p.m. at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts, hoping to reverse a 6-3 loss at Trenton in late August.
“Our team seems to be coming together and playing good tennis at the right time,” Marsh states. “I am excited for the rest of the season.”