Republic tennis advances to first Remaining 4
By Kai Raymer (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
Add one other milestone to a record-setting season for the Republic Excessive Faculty women’ tennis staff.
Republic is last 4 certain after sweeping Glendale 5-0 in Monday’s Class 2 quarterfinal match. It’s the primary time Republic has certified for state as a program in both boys’ or women’ tennis.
“I’ve solely been enjoying for 3 years, so I by no means anticipated something this huge,” stated Republic senior Sedalia Shumaker. “However to go (to state) with individuals I even hang around with exterior of faculty – they’re my pals – it’s crucial. I’m blessed.”
Republic has completed with 12 or extra wins every season since 2016, together with back-to-back district championships this season.
“Yearly, we’ve simply stored banging and banging however we’d hit a wall,” stated Republic coach Dan Vales. “This yr, we had been lastly capable of climb over that wall and get there. We’re so excited as a staff and as a program to succeed in that milestone.”
The Woman Tigers are additionally sending a report 5 qualifiers to this weekend’s particular person championships at Cooper Tennis Complicated in Springfield.
On the staff facet, Republic will face St. Pius X (Kansas Metropolis) in a Class 2 semifinal match at Cooper on October 23. The winner performs within the Class 2 state finals Oct. 24.
“It’s going to be a whirlwind,” Vales stated of the following two weeks. “It’ll be arduous for the women and us academics to deal with college with a lot tennis forward.”
Enjoying on its house courts, Republic took management early Monday with a clear sweep in doubles.
“The doubles matches boosted (our confidence) loads,” Shumaker stated. “It was staff effort throughout.”
Republic’s surging No. 3 doubles staff of Abigail McCord and Wrigley Prepare dinner pulled out an 8-6 win over Glendale’s Lauren Hamm and Ann Beatty.
Vales stated he discovered the precise doubles staff in McCord and Prepare dinner close to the stretch run of Republic’s common season.
“Across the Nixa Invitational, we discovered the staff that we felt like might win loads at that stage,” Vales stated. “They gained the Nixa Event and so they’ve been profitable ever since.”
McCord and Prepare dinner’s solely loss since then was to a different Republic doubles staff in a match.
The 5-0 end result avenged Republic’s common season loss to Glendale on Sept. 21. Republic was down its prime participant – junior Elsie Crawford – for that match.
Having her again strengthened Republic’s lineup for Monday’s playoff rematch.
“(Our gamers) knew it might change issues a bit as a result of it’s form of a domino impact on who’s enjoying who,” Vales stated. “However with that stated, we knew this is able to be a frightening problem. If we didn’t begin quick in doubles, we had been most likely in for a protracted day.”
Republic wanted that early edge as Glendale began to battle again in singles.
“(The ultimate rating) is just a little deceiving, as a result of all of the singles matches had been tremendous shut and (Glendale) was main a number of,” Vales stated. “It was a really aggressive match.”
Trying forward, Republic has loads of expertise on the Cooper courts, Vales stated.
When MSHSAA expanded women’ tennis to 3 Lessons this fall, the Woman Tigers knew their probabilities of making state elevated.
“We had been anxious to see that district reseeding,” Vales stated. “When it was introduced we had been in Class 2, we knew we had a possibility – an opportunity – to make the ultimate 4 if we performed like we did in the present day.”
Republic 5, Glendale 0
(1) Crawford/Howard def. Huang/C. Stenger, 8-2
(2) Shumaker/Lewis def. Martino/Liggett, 8-5
(3) McCord/Prepare dinner def. Beatty/Hamm, 8-6
(2) Howard def. Martino, 6-1 and 6-1
(4) Shumaker def. Liggett, 6-2 and 6-3