Tennis Lady Hornets score rare win over Marshall Monday

First CHS victory over Lady Owls since 2008

As reported to C-T
Sophomore Rylee Washburn sends a backhand shot from the baseline back toward her Marshall foe during their No. 2 singles set in last Monday's match at Chillicothe's Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts. With the match dead even at 4-4, Washburn won the last game of her set to win it 8-6 and give CHS its first dual-match win over the Lady Owls since 2008, 5-4.

Keeping in step with last Monday’s unofficial theme of highlight victories by Chillicothe High School fall sports teams, the tennis Lady Hornets used an advantage in doubles and a split in singles to gain a 5-4 home victory over Marshall.

The triumph was the CHS girls’ first over the historically-premier public school program in the west-central and northwest Missouri region since Chillicothe’s excellent 2008 squad that earned fourth place in the team state tournament turned the trick by a 6-3 margin.

The CHS racqueteers followed that high point with a 5-4 dual-match home loss to Maryville Tuesday and then participation in both the Midland Empire Conference non-team tournament and a rescheduled dual against St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond Wednesday.

LeBlond won the abbreviated make-up match 5-0 after CHS had only one top-4 finisher in the league tourney at the Noyes Tennis Center in St. Joseph. Lourenco and Carpenter split four matches in the tourney, giving them fourth place in the doubles competition.

Chillicothe will commence postseason play Tuesday at home with a Class 1 District 15 Tournament semifinals match against Excelsior Springs. Play will begin at 4 p.m. at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts.

The winner of that match likely will go to Trenton for the district team finals against the top-seeded Lady Bulldogs the following day, also at 4 p.m.

Non-team district singles and doubles competition will take place at Excelsior Springs late this coming week.

Monday at Danner, the host Lady Hornets came out on top overall when sophomore No. 2 singles player Rylee Washburn outlasted her opponent 8-6, her victory in the last game giving her the set and Chillicothe the match.

No. 6 singles player Izzy Garr cruised 8-2 in her set and senior No. 4 player Olivia Anderson produced an 8-5 victory to set the stage for Washburn’s win to provide the home team with its unanticipated triumph.

Priming the pump were Chillicothe’s two doubles-set wins.

At No. 2, Washburn/Garr steamrolled their foes 8-2, while the seniors pair of Audrey Snider and Anderson was capturing the No. 3 spot 8-4.

The match win had a “down” side to it, although fortunately not making a long-term impact.

Junior No. 1 player Cami Carpenter, after teaming with Leah Lourenco in a 4-8 loss to Karsyn King and Avery Evans in No. 1 doubles, developed an injury situation which prompted her to forfeit her would-be No. 1 singles set to King. Carpenter, however, was recovered enough to play in doubles competition each of the next two days and singles on Wednesday.

Against Marshall, Lourenco sustained a 1-8 loss in No. 3 singles and Snider dropped a 2-8 set in No. 5 play.

Tuesday afternoon at home, the Lady Hornets split the eight position sets played, but Carpenter again ended up being unable to play out her No. 1 singles action, giving Maryville’ Arianne Skidmore that walkover win and, ultimately, MHS the match.

As in Monday’s competition, Washburn was a winner in No. 2 singles, this time 8-4, just as Anderson was in No. 4 position (8-6) and Garr in No. 6 (8-0).

The difference was, in doubles, only the Snider/Anderson combo – triumphing 8-3 in No. 3 spot – repeated its conquest.

In No. 1 play, Lourenco/Carpenter fell to Lauren Cullin/Skidmore 2-8 and, at No. 2, Garr/Washburn were defeated 5-8.

The next day, after the conference tournament competition concluded at St.  Joe, the Sept. 20 rainout against Bishop LeBlond was played on an abridged bases, CHS coach Karen Jackson reports.

Rather than playing doubles first, the match began with the singles with set-scoring done in the “pro-6” (first to win six games wins) and “no-ad” game format (a single, decisive point was played in a game in which the first six points were evenly split).

Unsurprisingly, the match didn’t last long before Bishop LeBlond had the needed five position victories.

At No. 1, Iris Ideker topped Carpenter 6-2, while Lourenco lost 0-6 at No. 3, Anderson 1-6 at No. 4, Snider 0-6 at No. 5, and Garr 2-6 at No. 6.

The No. 2 singles set was being led by Washburn, 5-4, when the fifth BLHS triumph was gained and all play was terminated after the long day.

The conference dual-match loss dropped CHS’ duals record – entering district team play next week – to 6-10, its poorest overall since 2016’s 5-10 mark.

However, by going 1-6 in MEC competition, Chillicothe took seventh in the 8-teams final league standings. That’s its poorest finish ever in conference play, whether in the MEC or, previously, in the North Central Missouri Conference.

In Wednesday’s non-team aspect of conference competition, the Carpenter/Lourenco tandem – each of which has missed playing time in the second half of the season with health issues – opened with an 8-2 triumph over at St. Joseph: Benton duo.

In the quarterfinals, the Lady Hornets came back from a 6-7 (3) tiebreaker loss in the first set against a Bishop LeBlond entry to win 6-2 and, in an 18-points tiebreaker in place of a full third set, 10-7.

That put Carpenter/Lourenco in the championship semifinals against a Kansas City: St. Pius X entry, which handled the Lady Hornets easily, 6-1, 6-1.

Dropped into the third-place match, the CHS combination lost to Benton’s second doubles entry 4-8.

Chillicothe’s other doubles entry in the MEC tourney was Washburn/Garr. They opened with an 8-3 victory over a St. Joseph: Lafayette pair, but then lost to a Benton tandem 4-6, 1-6 and then were eliminated in the consolation bracket 2-8 by a Maryville entry.

The singles division saw Anderson lost her opening-round set 5-8 to a Maryville player before rebounding with an 8-0 whitewash of a Benton foe in consolation play. However, the second consolation set saw a St. Pius X player cruise past Anderson 5-8.

Snider dropped both of her MEC tourney singles sets, 0-8 and 1-8.