LHS girls' tennis team picks up fourth straight win

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Senior Hannah Lowery is pictured above serving a ball during a high school girls’ tennis match against West Plains on Tuesday at Lebanon High School. The ‘Jackets won the contest, 8-1.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

Since starting 0-3 to start the season, the Lebanon girls’ tennis team has caught a hot streak, winning their past four consecutive matches.

On Tuesday, Lebanon defeated the West Plains Zizzers by a score of 8-1, to improve to 4-3 on the year and 4-0 in Ozark Conference play.

The ‘Jackets also have wins over Waynesville, Hillcrest and Camdenton.

Lebanon started off Tuesday’s match by sweeping doubles play and won five out of six single matches to get the victory.

Hannah Lowery and Zephanie White teamed to win 8-1 in No. 1 doubles over Sarah Gill and Hayley Hershenson. At No. 2 doubles, Addi Myler and Megan Adams teamed to win over Emeline Yorty and Amelia Anderson, 8-2. Skylar Maynor and Ashton Arthur were able to defeat Madison Fleetwood and Megan Hardin, 9-7.

The ‘Jackets got wins in singles play from Lowery, White, Maynor, Adams and Arthur.

“I thought we played well on Monday at Camdenton and we may have played even better today (on Tuesday),” Lebanon head coach Ron Crowell said. “It is fun getting to watch this group continue to get better.

“Hannah and Zephanie were outstanding in doubles today and I thought Hannah played excellent in her singles match. Skyler (Maynor) and Ashton (Arthur) being able to pull out the 9-7 win for us at No. 3 doubles was huge heading into singles play and played some of their best tennis of the season.”

Lebanon (4-3 4-0) will next face Bolivar today at Bolivar Middle School.

Crowell said he thinks that the competition his team faced at the Capital City Invite to start the year has helped his team throughout the win streak.

“To be honest, at the Capital City Invite we played some good teams and played good tennis even though we didn’t get the results we wanted,” Crowell said. “I think playing those teams and set the stage for us to go beat a team like Waynesville, Hillcrest and Camdenton on Monday in a close match.

“The opportunity to play good teams have really helped us over the past couple of matches.”

Crowell mentioned that the team has looked impressive in practice over the past couple of weeks and likes where his squad is at.

“We are starting to things now that we weren’t even close to being able to do at the beginning of the season,” Crowell said. “We are finishing at the net, moving better in doubles and overall we are able to mix up our game now and that comes from playing good completion and working hard in practice.”

Although the team is playing well, Crowell said there are a few things he would like to see improvements on as the season progresses.

“I think one big thing that I want to see improvements on is consistency,” Crowell said. “We need to keep the ball a little bit deeper in the court on our ground strokes and would like to see us attack their weak hand a little more.”

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