Maryville tennis, Benton Tournament

Senior Kamryn Gastler contributed to Maryville’s 4-1 win over Trenton with a first round doubles competition win in the Benton Tournament Sept. 21, helping lead the team to a third place finish overall.

Maryville girls tennis is coming off a rollercoaster week of competition as it comes down to the final stretch of the 2018 fall season.

The Spoofhounds compiled wins against Cameron and Bishop LeBlond, while dropping a match to St. Pius X. The ‘Hounds also competed in the Benton Tournament, where they turned in a strong performance, finishing third in team competition.

“The week was overall pretty good,” senior Kamryn Gastler said. “We did well at the tournament. We placed third overall.”

Gastler was paired with freshman Athena Groumoutis in doubles competition in the first round 4-1 win against Trenton, where the duo won their match 8-3. The ‘Hounds lost in the second round to Chillicothe, 4-1, before finishing the tournament strong with a nail-biting 3-2 win over Savannah.

The third place match win over the Savages was decided by a tie-breaking doubles win courtesy of Cayren Barnett and Hannah Hawthorne. Maryville captured four medals at the tournament, taking home the third place team medal, along with second place for junior Addison Hall in flight B singles.

In doubles, the teams of Gastler/Groumoutis and Barnett/Hawthorne took home third place in flight B doubles and second place in flight C doubles, respectively.

Senior Morgan Goodridge said she was pleased with everyone who went to the tournament.

“I’m really proud of all the girls who went,” Goodridge said. “I think we all have a great mindset going into conference and districts.”

In non-tournament competition, the ‘Hounds had their share of ups and downs throughout the week. The week started off with a commanding 9-0 win over Cameron. The ‘Hounds only lost seven games overall in the entire match, cruising to victory.

Coming off the win against Cameron, Maryville was stifled by St. Pius, 6-0. The ‘Hounds were unable to sustain any kind of momentum against the Warriors.

“It was a tough week last week,” Goodridge said. “We all had our highs and lows. The lows we took and worked on them.”

The Spoofhounds finished the week on a high note, once again shutting out an opponent, this time being LeBlond. Maryville defeated LeBlond earlier in the season, and did not have any trouble in the rematch, defeating the Golden Eagles 9-0, and improving the overall team record to an impressive 9-3 mark.

The match was highlighted by two shutout singles wins by Gastlet and Barnett. Gastler defeated LeBlond’s Bailey Bell 8-0, while Barnett defeated Tieler Salmons 8-0 as well.

The ‘Hounds will set their focus on postseason play, as they prepare for the MEC Tournament Sept. 26th. followed by districts, beginning Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. and continuing through Oct. 3.

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