Lebanon tennis team wins tournament

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The Lebanon High School boys’ tennis team won the Lebanon Yellowjacket tennis tournament last Friday with a record of 3-0. The team defeated Osage, Waynesville and Willow Springs. Pictured above, from left, are Kyle Maynor, Nathaniel Smith, Bryson Crowell, Zach Stubblefield, Grant Miller, and Grant Weaver.

By: 
ALEX BOYER ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

The Lebanon High School boys’ tennis team is riding high after winning the Lebanon Yellowjacket tennis tournament last Friday at LHS.

In 2018, Lebanon also won the tournament for the first time since 2013.

The ‘Jackets participated in the tournament along with Osage, Waynesville and Willow Springs.

Lebanon opened up the day with a 6-3 win over the Osage Indians. Sweeping through doubles play as Bryson Crowell and Graham Miller teamed up at No. 1 doubles to defeated Tony Floyd and Drew Elley, 8-5.

Nathaniel Smith and Zach Stubblefield won at No. 2 doubles over Logan Havner and Ethan Kucsik, 8-4, while Kyle Maynor and Grant Weaver dominated Josh Cooper and Ryan Page to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-2.

Crowell defeated Havner at No. 1 singles, 8-1 while Smith and Maynor both won their singles matches 8-0 over two Osage players to clinch the win.

In their second match, LHS defeated Ozark Conference foe Waynesville 6-3 to improve to 2-0 on the day.

In doubles play, Lebanon won two out of three with the teams of Stubblefield/Smith defeating Tyler Jones and Andrea Diaferio, 8-2, and Maynor/Weaver beating Christopher Fry Perkins and Caleb Andrews, 8-5.
When it came to singles play, the ‘Jackets got much-needed wins from Crowell at No. 1 and Stubblefield at No. 2. Smith dominated his opponent 8-0, and Maynor squeaked out a 9-8 (7-4) win at No. 6 singles over Andrews.

Against Willow Springs in their final match, the ‘Jackets pulled out a 7-2 victory to clinch the back-to-back tournament wins.

Lebanon won two out three doubles matches as Crowell/Miller and Maynor/Weaver pulled out the wins there. In singles, Crowell, Stubblefield, Smith, Weaver, and Maynor all won their matches, respectively.

“I was super proud of this team (on Friday),” Lebanon head coach Ron Crowell said. “They played great tennis, and it is fun watching them get better. We started with a win over Osage and then played one of our better matches of the season in beating a good Waynesville team, and we finished with a huge win over a much improved Willow Springs team.”

Crowell also praised the individual play of some players as Lebanon had four champions throughout the tournament.

“Bryson Crowell had a huge day going 3-0 in the No. 1 singles flight, and he played some of his best tennis of the season,” he mentioned. “Zach Stubblefield tied for first in the No. 2 singles flight and had a great come from behind win against Willow Springs. Nathaniel Smith and Kyle Maynor each won their flight in singles going 3-0 on the day.  Kyle and Grant won the No. 3 doubles flight and they played awesome today.

“It was a great team effort, and I was super impressed with their effort today.”

Medal winners
No. 1 Singles Bryson Crowell- Champion
No. 2 Singles- Zach Stubblefield- tied for first
No. 4 Singles- Nathaniel Smith- Champion
No. 6 Singles- Kyle Maynor- Champion
No. 1 Doubles- Bryson Crowell/ Graham Miller 2nd Place
No. 2 Doubles- Zach Stubblefield/ Nathaniel Smith- 2nd place
No. 3 Doubles-Kyle Maynor/ Grant Weaver- Champions

With the tournament, win Lebanon advanced to play the winner of the Camdenton tournament in a match on Saturday. The ‘Jackets played Kirksville and fell in a close game, 5-4.

“We went up 2-1 after doubles, but didn’t play as well in singles,” Crowell said. “Nathaniel and Zach had a great day. They each won in singles and doubles, and they were outstanding today. Kyle and Grant had a big win at No. 3 doubles.”

On Monday, Lebanon extended their overall season record to 7-3 with two Ozark Conference wins over Parkview and West Plains at West Plains High School.

In both matches, Lebanon won 9-0 as (Bryson) Crowell didn’t surrender a game during two singles matches.

“We played well,” Crowell stated. “Graham Miller was outstanding in singles and doubles, and he is getting better with every match. Grant Weaver also played great tennis (on Monday). Zach Stubblefield is playing his best tennis of the season.”

The ‘Jackets were scheduled to play Rolla today at home.

Below are results from both matches on Monday.

Lebanon 9, Parkview 0
Singles
No. 1 Bryson Crowell win 8-0
No. 2 Zach Stubblefield win 8-0
No. 3 Graham Miller win 8-1
No. 4 Grant Weaver win 8-2
No. 5 Kyle Maynor win 8-2
No. 6 Dalton Myler win 8-0

Doubles
No. 1 Crowell/Miller win 8-1
No. 2 Stubblefield/Smith win 8-3
No. 3 Maynor/Weaver win 8-3

Lebanon 9, West Plains 0

Singles
No. 1 Bryson Crowell win 8-0
No. 2 Zach Stubblefield win 8-2
No. 3 Graham Miller win 8-0
No. 4 Nathaniel Smith win 8-6
No. 5 Grant Weaver win 8-1
No. 6 Kyle Maynor win 8-5

Doubles
No. 1 Crowell/Miller win 8-2
No. 2 Stubblefield/Smith win 8-3
No. 3 Maynor/Weaver win 8-3
 

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