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Monett wins in the dark

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Not even the lack of proper lighting could prevent the red hot Monett Lady Cubs tennis team (6-6) from winning 5-4 at Thomas Jefferson Tuesday night.

In singles play, Katelyn Sperandio won 8-4. Theresa Mangler, Kerry Tinklepaugh and Darian Shields won their respective matches 8-3, 9-7 and 8-0.

In doubles the dynamic duo of Tinklepaugh and Shields prevailed 8-3, and finished in the dark.

"Thomas Jefferson doesn't have lights on for its tennis courts," said Lady Cubs Tennis Coach Bob Crain. "The girls played well and battled all night. We are starting to play our best tennis at the right time."

What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago the Lady Cubs tennis squad was 3-5. They had just fallen to Mt. Vernon and were heading into a weekend tournament at Logan-Rogersville.

By Saturday afternoon Monett had finished third in the tournament and avenged the loss that the Mt. Vernon squad had handed them 24 hours prior.

"The Rogersville tournament was good for us," said Crain. "We got a much needed shot of confidence, and the girls started playing really good tennis."

Monett took the momentum gained in Rogersville and translated it into a 7-2 win over Webb City Monday night.

Webb City came into the match after an impressive win over tennis powerhouse College Heights.

Monett would need a solid team effort to down the Lady Cardinals, and that is what they got.

In singles play, Monett got wins from Nurpa Desai, 8-2; Sperandio, 8-2; Mangler, 8-2 and Shields, 8-3.

Monett swept doubles play, Robbins and Desai won 8-6 in their match. Tinklepaugh and Shields also prevailed 8-5.

The match of the evening belonged to Sperandio and Manger. With the Monett duo trailing 2-7 most people would have written this match off as a loss. Not these girls. They dug deep, battled back winning seven consecutive sets to win the match 9-7.

"It was one of the best comebacks of the year," Crain added "That duo has won seven consecutive games as the number two doubles team."

The current winning streak for the Lady Cubs has put them in a good position heading into the district-seeding meeting today.

"We still have a shot at getting the one seed in our district tournament," Crain said. "We still have a long way to go in this season I am so proud of this team."

Monett will be in action this afternoon as the host Lamar in a make-up game.

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