Despite having a tennis program that hasn’t been around long, the Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs have built quite a team in the past couple of years.
Those Lady Bulldogs came to Neosho on Tuesday and swept the Lady Wildcats 9-0 in the regular season finale for Neosho.
The Bulldogs got in front early with a pair of doubles victories and a singles win. They never relented, even though the Lady Wildcats fought hard the entire way. In singles, No. 1 KaiLeigh Thomlinson lost to Emily Cook 8-0. 2, KaLynn Jordon fell to Rebecca O’Hanahan 8-5. 3, Zoe Mitchell fell to Kenzie Kuydendall 8-2. 4, Hannah Morrison lost to Cheyenne Pickett 8-4. 5, Sydnie Benjelloun fell ot Kaylie Hawkins 8-0. 6, Audrey Eastin was topped by Alexa Deines 8-5.
Thomlinson and Jordon lost at No. 1 doubles to Cook and O’Hanahan 8-1. 2, Mitchell-Morrision fell to Kuydendall-Pickett 8-3. 3, Benjelloun-Eastin were bested by Dienes-Hawkins 8-5.
The Lady Wildcats finished the regular season at 1-10. They are back in action at the Central Ozark Conference Large Division Tournament at Branson at 9 a.m. Thursday. Matches will be split on that day between Branson High School and Stockstill Park.
Neosho will return to the area on Friday where they’ll play in the Thomas Jefferson Tournament in Joplin.
District play opens up on Monday where the Lady Wildcats, the fourth seed, host Webb City, five, at the NHS tennis courts. A win in that match would send the Lady Wildcats on the road to face the district’s top seed, which is yet to be determined, on Tuesday.