Bryson Crowell, LHS tennis team, finish solid spring

LCR photo/Alex Boyer
Lebanon junior Bryson Crowell wrapped up his season on Monday afternoon, falling to Gary Wilde of Jefferson City, 6-1, 6-2. Crowell finished the year with a 21-5 record in singles.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Lebanon junior Bryson Crowell captured the Missouri Class 2 District 10 individual singles championship for the second year in a row on May 10, defeating Tyler Gayman of Waynesville 6-1, 6-2.

With the win, Crowell advanced to the Sectional tournament for the third straight year on Monday where he fell to Gary Wilde of Jefferson City, 6-1, 6-2.

Coming into the match, Crowell mentioned that Wilde had already beaten him once this season, but knew that this was a different opponent Wilde was facing than earlier in the year.

“I knew that I had gotten way better since then and was hoping to catch him off guard with how much I had improved,” Crowell said. “The big goal my dad gave me before the season was not to try and repeat last year but make it better in any little way possible. I was glad to get back into the district championship match though because I knew everybody expected me to repeat last year (of winning a district championship).

“It was hard having everybody tell me I was going to win because for me I hate that feeling that I know I’m going to win because it makes me play down to the other players level.”

Overall, Crowell finished his season with a 21-5 record in singles and a 15-6 record in doubles, but more importantly to him, the team finished with a 15-7 record.

“In doubles, Graham (Miller) and I had a great first season as doubles partners, and for the first time I will have the same doubles partner for two seasons,” he said. “So next year we are looking to do big things for the team.

“We lose some talent in Nathaniel (Smith) and Zach (Stubblefield), but I am confident we will have other guys step up for us.”

Heading into next season, Crowell said he wants to try to improve on his serves and put-away shots.
“I’m looking to get better at my serve trying to get it to be elite and tough to return. Also, I’m working on getting stronger,” he stated. “Then I’m going to be working on getting players moving side to side with more placed shots. So next year, I want to be dangerous from the baseline winning most of my points based on setting them up and not just hoping they miss.”

At the individual district tournament, Lebanon had four other players besides Crowell earn All-District as Zach Stubblefield, and Nathaniel Smith placed third in doubles and Kyle Maynor, and Dalton Myler took fourth in doubles.

According to head coach Ron Crowell, it is the most All-District players the team has ever had in one season.

“Zach and Nathaniel played awesome tennis, and they finished third,” he said. “They are two seniors that really played well that week. They truly played some of the best tennis of their careers, and they have a lot to be proud of. Kyle and Dalton were equally impressive and finished fourth.”

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