Republic tennis advances to first Closing 4

Republic tennis advances to first Final Four

By Kai Raymer (For

Add one other milestone to a record-setting season for the Republic Excessive Faculty women’ tennis workforce.

Republic is closing 4 certain after sweeping Glendale 5-0 in Monday’s Class 2 quarterfinal match. It’s the primary time Republic has certified for state as a program in both boys’ or women’ tennis.

“I’ve solely been enjoying for 3 years, so I by no means anticipated something this massive,” stated Republic senior Sedalia Shumaker. “However to go (to state) with individuals I even hang around with exterior of faculty – they’re my associates – it’s crucial. I’m blessed.”

Republic has completed with 12 or extra wins every season since 2016, together with back-to-back district championships this season.

“Yearly, we’ve simply stored banging and banging however we’d hit a wall,” stated Republic coach Dan Vales. “This 12 months, we had been lastly in a position to climb over that wall and get there. We’re so excited as a workforce and as a program to achieve that milestone.”

The Girl Tigers are additionally sending a report 5 qualifiers to this weekend’s particular person championships at Cooper Tennis Complicated in Springfield.

On the workforce aspect, Republic will face St. Pius X (Kansas Metropolis) in a Class 2 semifinal match at Cooper on October 23. The winner performs within the Class 2 state finals Oct. 24.

“It’s going to be a whirlwind,” Vales stated of the following two weeks. “It’ll be laborious for the ladies and us academics to give attention to faculty with a lot tennis forward.”


Taking part in on its residence courts, Republic took management early Monday with a clear sweep in doubles.

“The doubles matches boosted (our confidence) rather a lot,” Shumaker stated. “It was a superb workforce effort throughout.”

Republic’s surging No. 3 doubles workforce of Abigail McCord and Wrigley Cook dinner pulled out an 8-6 win over Glendale’s Lauren Hamm and Ann Beatty.

Vales stated he discovered the best doubles workforce in McCord and Cook dinner close to the stretch run of Republic’s common season.

“Across the Nixa Invitational, we discovered the workforce that we felt like might win rather a lot at that stage,” Vales stated. “They received the Nixa Match they usually’ve been profitable ever since.”

McCord and Cook dinner’s solely loss since then was to a different Republic doubles workforce in a event.

The 5-0 final result avenged Republic’s common season loss to Glendale on Sept. 21. Republic was down its prime participant – junior Elsie Crawford – for that match.

Having her again strengthened Republic’s lineup for Monday’s playoff rematch.

“(Our gamers) knew it might change issues a bit as a result of it’s type of a domino impact on who’s enjoying who,” Vales stated. “However with that stated, we knew this is able to be a frightening problem. If we didn’t begin quick in doubles, we had been most likely in for an extended day.”

Republic wanted that early edge as Glendale began to battle again in singles.

“(The ultimate rating) is somewhat deceiving, as a result of all of the singles matches had been tremendous shut and (Glendale) was main a number of,” Vales stated. “It was a really aggressive match.”

Wanting forward, Republic has loads of expertise on the Cooper courts, Vales stated.

When MSHSAA expanded women’ tennis to a few Courses this fall, the Girl Tigers knew their probabilities of making state elevated.

“We had been anxious to see that district reseeding,” Vales stated. “When it was introduced we had been in Class 2, we knew we had a possibility – an opportunity – to make the ultimate 4 if we performed like we did as we speak.”

Republic 5, Glendale 0

(1) Crawford/Howard def. Huang/C. Stenger, 8-2
(2) Shumaker/Lewis def. Martino/Liggett, 8-5
(3) McCord/Cook dinner def. Beatty/Hamm, 8-6

(2) Howard def. Martino, 6-1 and 6-1
(4) Shumaker def. Liggett, 6-2 and 6-3

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