Senior won three of four sets in Hornets' first 2019 tournament Wednesday, March 27

CAMERON, Mo. — Chillicothe (Mo.) HS tennis Hornets senior top player and third-year starter Tyler Maasdam came within a few points of reaching the singles championship match of the 2019 Cameron Invitational Tournament Wednesday (March 27).

Maasdam took Gabe Swann of Trenton, a 2018 Class 1 state tournament singles qualifier and the player who ended Maasdam’s junior season in the district tournament last May, into a tiebreaker in their single-set match before losing the semifinals battle 8-9 on a 3-7 tiebreaker.

While Maasdam was bouncing back quickly to dominate Mason Walk of Maryville 8-2 in the third-place set, Swann was capturing the tourney’s singles crown with a victory over Bennett Hoshaw of Kirksville.

Maasdam, who won three of four sets in the Hornets’ inaugural tournament outing of the young season, was one of two CHS entries to place in the top four in either singles or doubles.

Hornets Grahm Mayers and Colten Johnson, considered the second-best of CHS’ two doubles entries, opened with an impressive 8-3 conquest of the better of Kirksville’s duos before losing 1-8 to a Warrensburg duo that then finished second. In their third-place set, Johnson/Mayers were defeated by a Maryville pair 8-4 to finish fourth.

Defending district team champion Trenton had the doubles champs, too, in Nick Shields and Creed Houghton, Chillicothe coach Bob Long reports.

Also competing for CHS’ Hornets in doubles were juniors Noah Crowe and Brendon Nelson and senior Seth Batye in singles.

Batye sandwiched an 8-2 win over a Trenton foe between two defeats. Nelson/Crowe lost both of their sets.

Maasdam advanced to the championship semifinals in singles by vanquishing Nicholas Melton of Savannah 8-0 and summarily dismissing Charles Fraser of Kirksville 8-1 before having his extra-time duel with Swann.

Chillicothe’s tennis Hornets will be right on the court for a third-successive day Thursday (March 28), weather permitting. They’re due to visit new Midland Empire Conference member Kansas City: St. Pius X in 4 p.m. play at the new SPX Athletics Complex less than a mile from the school at 3700 NE Davidson Road in north Kansas City.