The Neosho Lady Wildcats closed out their regular season duals with a 9-0 loss Tuesday against Central Ozark Conference foe Joplin and with a 5-4 win Monday over Lamar, both played in the friendly confines of the Neosho Tennis Courts.
In the win Monday against Lamar, No. 1 singles Emily Mitchell defeated Taylor Darrow 8-1, No. 2 Julie Phillips defeated Alsira Juarez 8-3, No. 3 Michelle Lindsay defeated Kiersten Maturin 8-2, No. 4 Morgan Brattin lost 8-2 to Alexia Phipps, No. 5 Rylee Marion lost 8-0 to Faith White, and No. 6 Khali Johnson lost by forfeit against Leah McDonald.
The Lady Wildcats started the dual with a 2-1 mark in doubles: No. 1 Mitchell-Phillips defeated Darrow-Juarez 8-3, No. 2 Lindsay-Brattin defeated Maturin-White 8-6, and No. 3 Marion-Johnson lost 9-7 to Phipps-McDonald.
In the loss Tuesday against Joplin, in the final home matches of the season, No. 1 singles Mitchell lost 8-1 to Ashley Butler, No. 2 Werner lost 8-0 to Astrid Cardenas, No. 3 Phillips lost 8-2 to Phoebe Watson, No. 4 Lindsay lost 8-2 to Krusha Bhakta, No. 5 Marion lost 8-3 to Savana Smith, and No. 6 Taaliyah Oates lost 8-0 to Annabelle Erisman.
On the doubles side, No. 1 Mitchell-Werner lost 8-0 to Butler-Cardenas, No. 2 Phillips-Lindsay lost 8-2 to Watson-Erisman, and No. 3 Marion-Oates lost 8-0 to Lily Masters and Kenzi Badr.
Neosho finished dual competition for the regular season 2-12 overall and 0-9 COC, with the Lady Wildcats’ victories coming against Big 8 Conference foes Monett and Lamar.
The Lady Wildcats compete Thursday in the COC tournament at the Joplin Athletic Complex and Friday in the Thomas Jefferson tournament.
Neosho earned the No. 6 seed in Class 2, District 11, and the Lady Wildcats open atNo. 3 Carthage (5-6) on Monday.
Carthage defeated Neosho 9-0 in the regular season, winning all six singles and all three doubles matches. The Tigers played at home in that dual.
Rounding out the district seeds are No. 1 Republic (10-0), No. 2 Joplin (6-4), No. 4 Willard (5-7), and No. 5 Parkview (2-11).