Hornet senior finishes second to Trenton's Gabe Swann in previosuly-delayed Class 1 District 15 non-team singles tournament Monday, May 13. Will try to win way to state Tuesday (May 14)
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — With a slight, but not insignificant, divergence from the anticipated script, 2019 Chillicothe (Mo.) HS tennis Hornets senior Tyler Maasdam on Monday took the first of two steps toward a state-tournament appearance.
As No. 1 seed in the singles division of the rain-delayed Class 1 District 15 non-team tournament, Maasdam followed an opening-round bye with two dominant-as-expected victories to assure himself participation in Tuesday’s reset, state-qualifying sectional competition. A win then would vault the Hornet to next week’s state singles tournament at Springfield.
However, while Maasdam stands one win from state, his Tuesday task became significantly more difficult than in might have been when he fell short of being the District 15 champion with a slightly-surprising 1-6, 3-6 loss to Gabe Swann, district team champion Trenton’s No. 2 singles guy.
Aa a result, instead of playing the District 16 runnerup Tuesday, the Chillicothean will tangle, in a best-of-3-sets match, with Mason Walk of Maryville, the District 16 champion, a fourth time this season. While Maasdam has bested the Spoofhound each time they’ve met thus far in 2019, two of the last three sets have been very tight – one going to a tiebreaker and the other not decided until Maasdam took the final game.
As Maasdam was taking care of his business through the first three rounds Monday, none of his teammates were able to raise their games enough to register any surprisingly-successful showings.
The other CHS singles entry – No. 3 player Brendon Nelson – rallied for a 3-sets win in the first of the four rounds, overcoming a 5-7 loss in the first set to best Excelsior Springs’ Jason Pitts 6-1, 7-5 in the last two. However, that put him in against Swann and the Bulldog buried him 6-0, 6-1 on Swann’s way to the district crown.
In doubles, Chillicothe coach Bob Long kept the successful (6-1) No. 3 tandem of Seth Batye and Gavin Sampsel together as the Hornets’ second entry behind the never-before-seen pairing of Noah Crowe and Colten Johnson.
Despite having not competed together previously, the Johnson-Crowe duo followed a first-round bye with a 6-3, 6-1 quarterfinals triumph over Carrollton’s Kyle Dirck and Christian Linneman.
Needing one more win to earn a sectional-match appearance, the Hornets faced the massive obstacle of Trenton’s top-seeded duo of Nick Shields and Creed Houghton and could find no chinks in the Bulldogs’ armor. The undefeated 2018 state-tournament participants blanked Crowe and Johnson love and love to punch their own ticket to Tuesday’s play.
Crowe and Johnson had a chance to end their season on a winning note, playing a consolation, third-place set against Carrollton’s top duo of Cawyer and Luke Davis, but the Trojans tandem proved too tough, rolling 8-2.
Batye and Sampsel, like each of their fellow Hornets competitors in the play postponed from Saturday, opened their Monday play with a victory.
They bested Zayden Whitmore and Noah Dotson of Excelsior Springs in straight sets of 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round before being eliminated by Carrollton’s Davis boys 4-6, 1-6 in the quarterfinals.