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Tennis team can officially wear conference champ title

The sky is the limit, or so it seems, for this year’s Tiger tennis team who are now 15-0 in their season.  A 9-0 shutout over Harrisonville Monday clinched the number 14 win in the record books and a 8-1 win over Cameron claimed their 15th. Now the guys, who are 6-0 in conference play, can officially use the title “conference champs!”

“What a great night to be a part of the tennis team, both varsity and JV, who won a close match too,” said Tiger Tennis Head Coach Richie Marsh.  The stands were filled  Monday and additional chairs were brought in to seat Tiger fans, family members of the players and Excelsior Springs High School faculty who were all at Excelsior’s home court to cheer on the wonder team.

“The guys played all aspects of the game.  They had a flawless night on the court.  I’ve said it before, but this group of seniors will truly be missed next season.  The good news is that there is still a lot of tennis to be played,” Marsh added.

Starting in the #1 singles position for the Tigers, senior Austin Buck won 8-2.  In the #2 position Kyle Smith also won 8-2 and in the #3 position Collin O’Connell recorded a win over his Harrisonville opponent 8-3.  Playing at #4, Casey Williams won 8-1, #5 player Kyle King won 8-3 and #6 Elijah Jones rounded out the wins 8-2 over the Wildcats.

Continuing the winning streak, the Tiger doubles teams of #1 Buck/Smith, #2 O’Connell/King and #3 Williams/Branden Radley all beat their doubles opponents as well.

Results from Tuesday’s match vs. Cameron will be availabe in an upcoming edition of The Standard.

As the team continues on this season, Coach Marsh said that next week is actually the true test of skills as the team plays Higginsville in the district finals on Wednesday.  Both the Tigers, the #1 seed, and Higginsville, #2, received a bye in the first round of finals set to start Monday, May 12.  Higginsville is 12-2 for the season.  The Tigers will face off Tuesday of next week against the winner from Monday’s matches, possibly Wentworth, Carrollton, Richmond or Lexington. The following day, Marsh is confident the Tigers will still be on the brackets and that is when they will take on Higginsville.  Marsh said Higginsville is a tough team—he believes winning against them is possible and in order to do that the guys must remain focused.

“I am confident that our players are happy with what they have accomplished thus far in the season.  I also know how much this match coming up against Higginsville means to them and suspect they will come ready to play flawless tennis again,” Marsh said.

All rounds of district finals will be played at the Tiger tennis courts next to Excelsior Springs Middle School.  Each day’s matches are set to begin at 4 p.m.  Marsh added that the support for the guys has been tremendous and he hopes even more Tiger fans come out to support the guys during their amazing season.

Alex Mueller is a seniors on this year’s Tiger tennis team.  He and his teammates have had a great season so far and have contributed to the success of the team overall.  (Photos by Jae Juarez)

Alex Mueller is a seniors on this year’s Tiger tennis team. He and his teammates have had a great season so far and have contributed to the success of the team overall. (Photos by Jae Juarez)

By Jae Juarez • jae@leaderpress.com

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