Lone CHS set win came by an 8-4 score from junior Noah Crowe in No. 2 singles. Despite lopsided team score, majority of sets were tight or competitve. Hornets in Cameron tournament Wednesday (March 27, 2019)
MARSHALL, Mo. — A veteran Chillicothe (Mo.) HS Hornets tennis team battled well in a majority of the sets, but eventually still succumbed to the perennially-potent Marshall Owls 8-1 on the road Tuesday (March 26, 2019).
The Hornets (1-2) won at least four games in the “pro-8”-format sets (first player to win eight games with a lead of two games takes the set) in six of the nine varsity duels, but only junior Noah Crowe at No. 2 singles was able to emerge with a victory.
Crowe topped Kolton King 8-4 with a strong finish, according to CHS coach Bob Long.
The Chillicothe junior “picked up his best singles win as a Hornet,” in Long’s view. “He got off to a quick lead, before his opponent made it close at 4-5.
“Noah then won the last three games for the 8-4 win.”
While that ultimately proved to be the Hornets’ lone set conquest, they were right in several others, including twice having a chance to square the set in the final game.
At No. 3 doubles, junior Brendon Nelson and senior Colten Johnson – paired for the first time – were tied with their Owls counterparts after 14 games, forcing the equivalent of overtime. Marshall’s duo took the next game to get the edge and then thwarted the Johnson/Nelson combo’s effort to send the set to a tiebreaker at 8-8.
Johnson then was in virtually the same situation in his No. 6 singles set, having the opportunity to tie the set at 7-7. However, he dropped the 14th game to fall, 6-8.
While the other three singles sets – including Christian Clair’s decisive 8-2 triumph over CHS’ Tyler Maasdam in No. 1 position – were taken handily by the hosts, the preceding doubles action was significantly tighter, even though MHS eventually swept it.
In No. 2 doubles, Chillicothe’s Crowe and Grahm Mayers – paired for a second-straight outing – were within 5-7 entering what proved to be the last game.
In No. 1 doubles, teamed for the first time this season, Maasdam and fellow senior Seth Batye lost to Marshall’s Clair and Jerome Likorio-Alex by a 4-8 respectable margin.
Next for Chillicothe’s varsity team will be Wednesday’s (March 27) Cameron Tournament.
Then, on Thursday, the tennis Hornets are to visit new Midland Empire Conference member Kansas City: St. Pius X. That 4 p.m. match will be at the new St. Pius X High School Athletics Complex about a mile from the north Kansas City school at 3700 NE Davidson Road.
Marshall swept Tuesday’s half-dozen junior-varsity sets as the mostly-inexperienced Hornets jayvees “were able to get some welcome competition,” according to Long.