Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks men's and women's tennis teams produced a strong showing in the American Southwest Conference Singles/Doubles Tournament September 15-17 at McMurry University?s Seidel-Swagerty Tennis Center and Hardin-Simmons University?s HSU Tennis Complex.
During the annual American Southwest Conference tourney, tennis teams in the ASC are able to get an early-season look at each other. The tourney, being played in September for the seventh straight year, featured a nine-flight singles format for the men and an eight-flight format for the women. The men played a five-flight doubles format, while the women played four. McMurry head coach Mark Hathorn and Hardin-Simmons head coach Shane Williford served as co-hosts.
For the Ozarks men’s team, Head Coach Shaun Wiseman felt this was one of the program’s best showings. “We won more matches this weekend then we have in all the years combined at this tournament and almost every coach there made a comment about it.”
Freshman Bishop Bass won singles flight #3 with a victory against Johnathan Cruz of East Texas Baptist University. Freshman Bill Blake made it to the finals of singles flight #8 with a victory against John Martin of Mary-Hardin Baylor. He was defeated by Ryan Bruson of University of Texas-Tyler in the final round.
The women’s team didn’t have as good a turn out but they exceeded the coach’s expectations. “I couldn’t have asked for them to work any harder than they did this weekend,” said Wiseman.
In flight #1, Chelsea Glasscock beat Lessli Ruiz advancing her to the finals to face Caitlin Zarr of Texas Lutheran. Glasscock was defeated 6-7, 6-1, 10-5. Chelsea Young beat Madison Johnson of East Texas Baptist advancing her to the finals of singles flight #5 but did not finish due to weather. Megan Wallace beat Jennifer Koepp of Texas Lutheran advancing her to the finals of singles flight #6 but did not finish due to weather.
By Kaitlyn Williams, Student Assistant SID