Monett off to strong start on courts

Saturday, April 3, 2021
Monett’s Ben Hoyt, in white, watches as doubles teammate Dylan Lynch, in purple, winds up to backhand a point for the Cubs in an 8-4 win over Neosho’s Landon Austin and Christian Williams. Kyle Troutman/

Cubs 2-1 overall, win medals at Mt. Vernon Tournament

The Monett boys tennis team is starting off the season strong, picking up a pair of dual wins, both shutouts, and won four firsts and four seconds at the Mt. Vernon Tournament.

After a season-opening 9-0 win over Aurora, Monett struggled with Webb City, falling 8-1.

Ethan Kutz hits a forehand return in an 8-2 doubles match win over Neosho on Tuesday. Kyle Troutman/

However, the Cubs bounced back on Tuesday with another shutout result, a 9-0 defeat of Neosho.

“The team learned from their loss against Webb City and came out wanting to get back on track,” said Jason Smith, Monett tennis coach. “Senior Angel Salas sealed the 9-0 [team] victory with his singles win. 

In singles play against Neosho, No. 1 Dylan Lynch bested Landon Austin, 8-5. No. 2 Ethan Kutz won 8-3 over Christian Williams. Salas defeated his opponent, Melvin Lopez, 8-4, and the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 matches were more separated.

No. 4 Ben Hoyt won 8-2 against Brandt Gonzales, Heisman Welch won 8-2 over Fajtim Lee and Jackson Young won 8-1 over Wesley Mckay.

Doubles action followed a similar set of scorelines. Lynch and Hoyt topped Austin and Williams, 8-4; Kutz and Salas defeated Lopez and Gonzales, 8-2; and Welch and Young earned an 8-3 victory over Lee and Mckay.

The following day, the Cubs participated in the four-team Mt. Vernon Tournament, taking second as a team behind the hosts and ahead of Aurora and Clever.

In singles play, Lynch tied for first in No. 1 singles, and Hoyt took first place in No. 4 singles. Kutz, Salas and Welch each took second in the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively.

In doubles play, Lynch and Hoyt took first in No. 1 doubles, and Kutz and Salas matched the gold medal in No. 2 doubles. Welch and Jackson Young took second place in No. 3 doubles.

Monett returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Thomas Jefferson at Monett North Park at 4:30 p.m.

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