Vanquish host St. Joseph: Lafayette in third Midland Empire Conference victory of young season, dropping only seven games Tuesday (Sept. 10)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The heaviest lifting in their quest to repeat as Midland Empire Conference tennis champions in 2019 not far off, the Chillicothe High School Lady Hornets had a bit of a “tuneup” outing Tuesday (Sept. 10), it turned out.
Visiting the St. Joseph: Lafayette Lady Irish, the undefeated Lady Hornets dropped more than one game in a set only once as they produced their first shutout victory of the still-young season.
The 9-0 Chillicothe triumph boosted its overall record to 4-0 and its MEC mark to 3-0.
If the weather permits next Monday, CHS’ next league outing figures to be the critical one in its title-repeat hopes. The Lady Hornets are to visit Kansas City: St. Pius X then.
Chillicothe coach Bob Long tells the C-T he’s heard the private school, which has a vast history of tennis excellence and routinely has attracted top-flight racquet talent from across the metro area, has a couple of new players this year who slot in at the top of a lineup the Lady Hornets bested with difficulty a year ago en route to the conference crown.
Before the CHS girls check out SPX’s Lady Warriors, they’re due to visit Lexington Thursday and compete in Friday’s annual St. Joseph Tournament at the Noyes Tennis Center.
Play in that tournament is set to begin at 9 a.m. and continue through the morning and much of the afternoon. It will be Chillicothe’s first of three regular-season tourneys, including the non-team conference championship event.
In Tuesday’s triumph at St. Joseph, Chillicothe took the top four singles sets and the No. 3 doubles without dropping a game. It posted 8-1 verdicts in the top two doubles positions, as well.
Lafayette’s best showing was at No. 6 singles, in which CHS sophomore Leah Lourenco won the last five games to race away from a mid-set 3-3 tie.
In No. 1 play in singles, Lady Hornets senior Hunter Keithley bested Brooklyn Lorenz. In No. 1 doubles, Hannah Zimmerman joined Keithley in cruising past Rowan Davis and Lorenz by that 8-1 count.
Two CHS players maintained their perfect 2019 records to date. Senior Macy Cavanah and junior No. 2 doubles partner Delaney May each are 4-0 in singles in addition to their joint 4-0 doubles ledger.
Lourenco and junior Megan Sisson technically launched the Chillicothe ship on its voyage to victory when they raced through their No. 3 doubles set in 8-0 manner.
Tuesday’s action at St. Joseph included a pair of junior-varsity singles sets, which CHS’ Cami Carpenter and Olivia Anderson claimed.