LHS girls’ tennis team defeats Richland on Monday

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Pictured above are members of the Lebanon girls’ tennis team. Pictured in the front row, from left are, Zephanie White, Hannah Lowery and Skyler Maynor. Back row, from left, are Ashton Arthur, Addi Myler and Megan Adams.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon girls’ tennis team got back to .500 on the season with a 7-2 victory over the Richland Bears on Monday evening.

Lebanon (8-8) was coming off a tough 7-2 loss to a talented Branson team on Saturday.

“It was an impressive win on the road and it was their senior night and our girls responded well,” Lebanon head tennis coach Ron Crowell said. “I was proud of the way our girls played and we had some close matches that we were able to pull out.”

The ‘Jackets spoiled the Bears’ senior night by taking two out of three doubles matches to start the match. At No. 2 doubles, Addi Myler and Megan Adams def. Lydia Novak and Kiley Cargill, 9-8 (8-6). At No. 3 doubles, Skyler Maynor and Ashton Arthur defeated Kelsey Bunnell and Hannah Black, 8-1.

During No. 1 doubles, Lebanon’s Hannah Lowery and Zephanie White played it close, but fell just short to Brittany Latham and Carson Pemberton, 7-9.

“Addi (Myler) and Megan (Adams) were impressive in winning a hard fought tiebreaker that changed the momentum of the match,” Crowell said. “They both played outstanding and they are playing some of their best tennis of the season.”
In singles play, Lebanon took five out of six matches, including wins from White at No. 2 singles (8-4), Myler at No. 3 singles (8-6), Adams at No. 4 singles (8-4), Maynor at No. 5 singles (8-2), and Arthur at No. 6 singles (8-3).

Myler and White both defeated their opponents who had defeated them just seven days earlier, according to Crowell.
Crowell said the improvement of Arthur and Maynor have been vital to the teams success this season.

“What has helped us is the continued improvement of Skyler Maynor and Ashton Arthur,” Crowell said. “They have won some huge matches for us recently and are improving every day.”

Looking forward

The Lebanon girls’ tennis team was slated to participate at the Ozark Conference tournament at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield today.

“We are looking forward to the conference tournament,” Crowell said. “We had a great tournament last year and we are hoping to do well again.

“We have played good competition the last week and I am hoping it has prepared us well.”

Crowell said his team is probably playing some of their best tennis right now.

“We have some girls that are starting to play some outstanding tennis led by Hannah Lowery who had an impressive win at Branson on Saturday,” Crowell said. “We are hoping to have a strong finish to our season.”

During press time, Lebanon had defeated Glendale in their first round matchup, 5-4. The win was the first time the ‘Jackets had defeated the Falcons in modern history in girls’ tennis.

The ‘Jackets advanced to play Kickapoo in the semifinals.

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