A young Neosho varsity tennis team got some quality experience on the courts Friday at the Thomas Jefferson Tournament.
And, while the Wildcats came away with one point in the tournament, they faced some tough competition, especially in the early rounds.
At singles, No. 1 Cameron Langley lost his first match to Cascone of Thomas Jefferson 8-0, and then fell in the consolation round to Sloniker of Carl Junction 8-4.
Jace Hendricks lost to Splitter (Carthage) at No. 2 singles 8-0, before being edged by Laning (Nevada) in the consolation round 8-6.
At doubles, No. 1 Tucker Bailey-Jordan Cox lost their first match to Scott-Burnett (Thomas Jefferson) 8-6, before being bounced in the consolation round by Ridings-Gilliam (Monett) 8-5.
At No. 2 doubles, Jackson Parks-Nathan Scribner lost their first match to Joseph-Vasquez (Thomas Jefferson) 8-6, but won their consolation match over Do-Ziabchanka (Nevada) 8-3. That advanced them to the fifth-place match where they fell to Sperry-Kolb (Webb City) 8-2.
“I was pleased with how our players played today,” Wildcats coach Nick Hays said. “You can see that we had a few (close) losses, and our singles players ran into the No. 2 and No. 1 seeds in their brackets, respectively.
“As I said at the beginning of the season, we have a young team, so I was glad to see them get some quality experience today.”