Maryville tennis was able to capture the Class 1 District 16 championship against rival Savannah Oct. 3.
The Spoofhounds (12-4) defeated the Savages (9-4) by a final of 5-3, advancing the Maryville to a state sectional matchup with the Marshall Owls (16-1). The ‘Hounds were led to victory against the Savages with strong performances from seniors Morgan Goodridge and Kamryn Gastler.
Goodridge, who defeated Savannah’s Jocelynn Kalluaner (6-0, 6-4) in team play and fell short against Kalluaner (7-5, 6-0) in singles competition, advanced to Class 1 singles sectionals play. In sectional play, Goodridge was defeated (6-0, 6-0) by Carlie Aldredge of Marshall, Oct. 8 in St. Joseph.
The win against Savannah was sparked by some extra motivation, after a loss to the Savages earlier in the season. Gastler said the ‘Hounds had been preparing for the potential matchup with their rival the entire week leading up to the showdown.
“We knew that there was a huge possibility of us playing Savannah for the championship, so we had been mentally preparing to pull the upset for a week or so,” Gastler said. “There was definitely some extra motivation beating Savannah since they beat us previously this season.”
Gastler was also impressed with the how she and her teammates were able to capture the district championship with much of the team being relatively inexperienced in tennis.
“With five of the six varsity players only having one or two years of experience with tennis, it’s really amazing that we were able to come out with the district championship,” Gastler said. “We were able to come back home and celebrate with our school at the Homecoming pep rally. I think that night was a night that none of us will forget.”
There was a setback in the championship match though, as junior Addison Hall had a scary moment in her match against Savannah’s Lauren Stafford.
“Team districts was rough at times,” Maryville senior Emma Webb-Kirkpatrick said. “Addison practically collapsed and had to forfeit her match.”
Despite the scare in the Hall match, the ‘Hounds prevailed and set their date with Marshall. The Owls have only had one loss all season, coming at the hands of Jefferson City (15-4). Full of heavy hitters, including Aldredge, the Owls are the full focus moving forward for the Spoofhounds, who, according to Gastler, are looking forward to the opportunity.
“We are excited for sectionals, but we know Marshall is a really talented and experienced team,” Gastler said. “So we are just preparing to rally with them and get used to returning harder hits than we are used to in the MEC.”
The Spoofhounds will clash with the Owls to determine who will advance to the state quarterfinals Oct. 13.