Young medals at tennis tourney

Saturday, April 30, 2022
Jackson Young sends a forehand in his semifinal match on Wednesday in the Monett Tournament. He finished second in No. 2 singles. Kyle Troutman/

Thomas Jefferson wins Monett event

The Monett boys tennis team was one win away from repeating its only gold medal in the Monett Tournament last season.

Jackson Young turned in the best finish for the Cubs, taking second place in No. 2 singles after falling in the final to a Thomas Jefferson player that won a gold in doubles a year ago.

Young was the only Cub to get a top-three finish at the event on Wednesday. Ethan Kutz fell in the quarterfinals of the No. 1 singles bracket, settling for fourth place.

In doubles action, Heisman Welch and Logan Kutz took sixth place in the No. 1 bracket, and Elijah Ridenour and Caden Szydolski finished fifth in the No. 2 bracket.

Thomas Jefferson won the event, and Webb City finished second. Monett was fourth, and only half a point separated the second-, third- and fourth-place teams.

Jason Smith, Monett tennis coach, said he was pleased with the results of the tournament.

“We had a couple of tough draws, but we were very competitive in all of our matches,” he said. “We try to invite teams in and out of our conference. It’s always good for our team to play teams at different levels.”

A repeat winner of the tournament, Thomas Jefferson is one of those higher-level teams Monett invites.

“Thomas Jefferson has a great coach and is always very tough,” Smith said. “I like our players to play TJ because they will get better playing really good teams.”

Monett’s season is winding down, with the Big 8 Tournament scheduled for Wednesday, the last action before districts with Aurora, Clever and Mt. Vernon. Monett aims to defend its first district title in more than 40 years.

“Districts will be very competitive, and we will need to play well to do well,” Smith said. “Every day, I want my players to improve because there are no easy matches.”

Top-three results from the Monett Tournament include:

No. 1 singles

1st Place: Prithvi Nagarajan (Thomas Jefferson)

2nd Place: Cole Waisner (Clever)

3rd Place: Brody Bennett (New Covenant Academy)

No. 2 singles

1st Place: Lele Quin (Thomas Jefferson)

2nd Place: Jackson Young (Monett)

3rd Place: Jase Whiles (Clever)

No. 1 doubles

1st Place: Ian Ding/Tyler Brouhard (Thomas Jefferson)

2nd Place: Jake McDonald/Christian Alberts (Webb City)

3rd Place: Aidan Henderson/Eli Davis (New Covenant Academy)

No. 2 Doubles

1st Place: Devan Murali/ Hari Nagarajan (Thomas Jefferson)

2nd Place: Tristan Lynch/ Felipe Perez (Webb City)

3rd Place: Tyler Howard/ Ethan Scott (Carthage)

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