JEFFERSON CITY — The Hickman boys tennis team was at full strength for the first time this season in its Class 2, District 9 semifinal in Jefferson City.
Extracurricular activities such as a mock trial, a science Olympiad and band has left the Kewpies without a full compliment of players for a match until Tuesday.
Jefferson City at Rock Bridge
WHEN: 4 p.m.
WHERE: Cosmo-Bethel Park
Despite having all their players, Hickman lost 5-4 to Jefferson City. Kewpies coach Andy Materer said he was frustrated with the result.
“I don’t think everyone was fully committed to win today, to be honest,” Materer said. “I was disappointed with our effort.”
Jefferson City was shorthanded with No. 1 player Sam Johnson missing the match with an illness. Sophomore David Clausen filled in for him and defeated Hickman’s Junyi Wu 7-6, 6-1. Clausen said he found out that he was going to play No. 1 in the middle of the school day and admitted he was nervous.
Wu started strong in the first set by putting shots in play and forcing Clausen to hit the ball long and out. Clausen made adjustments to win the first set in a tiebreaker.
“I was missing some shots so I didn’t swing as hard and put a little more spin on it,” Clausen said.
The Kewpies won three of the six singles matches. Daniel Shyu defeated David Steinmeyer 6-3, 7-6 at No. 2, Kellen Blow beat Rex Michitsch 7-5, 6-4 at No. 5, and Blake Wisniewski cruised past Dalton Doyle 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6.
Jefferson City won the first two doubles matches in straight sets to clinch the semifinal. Steinmeyer and Issac Roling defeated Samuel Pottipadu and Ashwath Kumar 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles. Spencer Bone and Doyle beat Wisniewski and Jacob Muchow 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles.
We felt pretty confident in the teams we were putting out there, particularly at No. 2 and 3 doubles,” Jefferson City coach Henry Thompson said. “They have been playing well a majority of the year.
Wu and Shyu beat Clausen and Michitsch in three sets to make the score 5-4. By the time that match ended, Jefferson City already knew they had a spot in the final.
“I’m very proud of our team for facing the adversity and to get a win against a rival in Hickman,” Thompson said. “All the kids were able to put their heart and soul in the win, and we were fortunately able to come out on top.”
Rock Bridge beat Camdenton 6-0 in the other Class 2, District 9 semifinal. Alex Jones, Billy Swift, Rohit Rao, Jacob Winton, Raymond Majors and Harry Bozoian won in straight sets for the Bruins.
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