Chillicothe dominates 2019 season opener on road Monday (March 19), winning six of seven contested sets. Big test at Savannah next for Hornets on Thursday
CARROLLTON, Mo. — Although, based on their 5-4 win last year with basically the same lineup, they were considered likely to prevail, the 2019 Chillicothe (Mo.) HS tennis Hornets got their season off on the right foot convincingly Tuesday.
With Carrollton shorthanded, due to preseason practice circumstances, the visiting Hornets racked up an 8-1 victory in their first dual match of the season, winning six of seven contested sets and gaining a pair of forfeit triumphs, Chillicothe coach Bob Long reports.
Picking up wins in both singles and doubles contested sets were three Hornets – seniors Tyler Maasdam and Seth Batye and junior Brendon Nelson. Also triumphant in contested play were Grahm Mayers in singles and Noah Crowe (with Batye) in doubles.
Maasdam and Nelson paired for an 8-1 verdict over Trojans Cawyer and Luke Davis in No. 1 doubles, while Crowe and Batye were besting their No. 2 doubles foes 8-2. There was no No. 3 doubles play, since Carrollton had only five eligible players. Long reports he was told cancelled preseason practices, resulting from school closures, due to bad weather and roads, left some Trojans short of the state association-required 14 preseason practices needed before being allowed into competition.
With a 3-0 cushion going into the singles and immediately adding the forfeit at No. 6, Chillicothe soon had assured itself of the match win
Returning No. 1 Maasdam’s 8-1 dispatching of C. Davis, Batye’s 8-1 victory in No. 4 play, and No. 5 Mayers’ shutout all wrapped up fairly quickly.
For good measure, Nelson added an 8-4 win at No. 3.
Carrollton’s lone triumph was delivered by L. Davis, 8-3 over Crowe, in No. 2 singles.
Although he did not get to swing a racquet in competition during the day, Hornets senior Colten Johnson technically picked up a singles victory at No. 6 and a doubles win with Mayers at No. 3 on the Carrollton forfeits.
With only one match under their belts and limited practices, due to the weather, Chillicothe’s tennis boys will have what looks to be one of their toughest assignments of the season – particularly in Midland Empire Conference team competition – next time out. The Hornets are to visit Savannah, one of last year’s league tri-champions (with St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond and Maryville), today at 4 p.m.
Savannah already owns a non-conference triumph over Bishop LeBlond in 2019 play.