MOUNT VERNON — The Neosho Wildcats took four steps closer to their first win of the season in their second dual this season on Tuesday night against Mount Vernon.

The Wildcats lost 5-4 on Tuesday, and won four matches than they had in their season opener against Nixa at the Neosho Tennis Courts.

Granted, Neosho did not have its full roster of players and had to forfeit multiple matches.

On Tuesday, the Wildcats fielded an entire team for the first time this season.

In singles, No. 1 Julian Henderson lost 9-7 to Derek Dorrance, No. 2 Dylan McNeill lost 8-3 to Sam Burks, No. 3 Connor Burghart defeated Evan Sappington 8-3, No. 4 Alexis Mercado defeated Patrick Ladd 8-5, No. 5 Carter Abbott lost 8-2 to Chase Strong, and No. 6 Oscar Lemus defeated Carter Bartelsmeyer 8-3.

Neosho could not make up the 2-1 deficit it found itself in after doubles matches.

In doubles competition, No. 1 Henderson-McNeill lost 8-5 to Dorrance-Burks, No. 2 Burghart-Mercado lost 8-4 to Sappington-Ladd, and No. 3 Abbott-Lemus defeated Strong-Bartelsmeyer 8-5.

Neosho dropped to 0-2 on the season and the Wildcats return to action Thursday at home against Monett, making up a dual from a prior rainout.