S-C making progress but still finishes seventh
The Smith-Cotton girls tennis team may not have been in the running for the tournament championship.
But coach Kaley Hobbs said her team did better than last season in the Smith-Cotton girls tennis tournament at Liberty Park.
The Lady Tigers failed to win a match in last season’s tournament. This year, they won two: one by the doubles team of Susan Bell and Chelsey Muths and one by Kerri Anderson in singles to finish in a tie for seventh.
After losing 10-1 to tournament runners-up Leslie Farmer and Katie Higgins, both of Jefferson City, in the first round, the pair beat Brandie Steyer and Ashleigh Horton, both of Clinton, 10-6 in the consolation bracket.
Dani Bell and Jordan Sievers, both of Blue Springs South, beat them 8-1 to finish the S-C players’ day.
Anderson lost 10-0 to Ellen Bennett, of Springfield Glendale, in the first round, but beat Maggie Crider, of Helias, 9-7 in the consolation bracket. Kelly Higgins, of Jefferson City, beat Anderson 8-2.
While Smith-Cotton and Clinton tied for seventh with 1.5 points, Glendale won the tournament with 20 points. Jefferson City was second with 16, Helias third with 13.5, Blue Springs South fourth with 12, Hickman fifth with 11.5 and School of the Osage sixth with eight.
Chelsea Dunn and Madelyn Dunn, both of Glendale, won the doubles title, beating Farmer-Higgins 7-5, 1-6, (12-10).
Helias’ Paige Kolb and Victoria Wilson beat teammates Krista Crider and Courtney Rauch 6-4, 7-5, in the third-place match.
Sophie Snedden, of Helias, beat Elizibeth Salsman, of Glendale, 6-4, 6-2, to win the singles title.
Ashleigh Kaberline, of Blue Springs South, beat Leslie Barnes, of Osage, 6-1, 6-0, for third place.
Smith-Cotton’s Vanecia Epps-Arredondo lost her first-round match, 10-2 to Salsman. Dolores Ponder, of Jefferson City, swept her from the tournament with a 8-2 win in the consolation bracket.
The Lady Tigers’ Sarah Rae and Emily LaFavor lost 10-1 to Eli Hubbs and Whitney Dunn, both of Jefferson City, in the first round. Abby Naudet and Lindsey DeGraffenreid, both of Osage, eliminated the S-C pair with an 8-1 win in a consolation match.
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