Posted: Thursday, 28 March 2013 9:37PM

Ozark tennis sweeps doubles to beat Nixa




Ozark tennis seniors Blake Sarrazin and Matt Fry were staring at yet another loss to Nixa.

The two had never experienced an OHS victory against the Eagles in their high school careers, and Thursday's singles session didn’t give them much hope.

PHOTOS: OZARK VS. NIXA TENNIS

Nixa had just won four of the dual’s six singles matches. Only a lone doubles victory was need to clinch an Eagles’ victory.

Sarrazin, Fry and the Tigers had a comeback to remember. Ozark swept the three doubles matches to edge Nixa 5-4 on the Eagles’ home courts.

“We knew everyone else was ahead, and I looked over there several times, I just couldn’t get it in my head that ‘We have to win this to win the whole (dual),’” Fry said. “I just tried to not let it get in my head and I tried to motivate Blake as much as possible because we both get down on ourselves all the time. We were supportive of ourselves, we had the crowd on our side and it made for a great match.

“We were hitting shots that we couldn’t believe.”

Ozark was leading in the other two doubles matches. However, Sarrazin and Fry were trailing 6-3 to Nixa’s Spencer Hamilton and Zach Gardner. Hamilton was a member of a district-winning doubles team a year ago.

“I think that win at No. 1 doubles was the biggest accomplishment of all because that’s a pretty strong team,” said Ozark assistant coach Mark McBain, who was filling in for head coach Greg Hannah. “They came back from 3-6 down. As I was watching it unfold, I was feeling more confidence – ‘Maybe we can win at second and third doubles.’

“But that’s a tall order to win at first doubles. Then, all of a sudden, it got suspenseful when they closed the gap and then pulled ahead. That was pretty amazing.”

Sarrazin and Fry rallied to make it 7-6, then broke Hamilton and Gardner in the final set.

“We took it one point, one game at a time,” Fry said. “We never said, ‘Well, we have to win three more games; we need to win this game right here.' Especially when we broke them, it was the greatest feeling.”

Ozark also got doubles victories from Sam Killion/Jon McBain, and the duo of Zach Smith/Landon Swearngen.

“Sam Killion would probably have to get my game ball, so to say,” coach McBain said. “He had the biggest margin of victory in singles. He just played a really smart, consistent game.”

Sarrazin said the victory is an encouraging sign for Ozark in the early part of the season.

“I played (Hamilton) last year and he’s a really good doubles player,” Sarrazin said. “It was good to actually beat him. It gives up hopes for (Central Ozark Conference) and districts, where we’re probably going to see him again.”

Nixa opened the action by winning in the 1, 3, 5 and 6 singles slots.

“You always feel good when you win the majority of singles,” said Nixa coach Slade Snowden. “You can forget that you still have to be consistent with every shot even if you have some leeway. (Ozark) gained some momentum and kept it up.”


Ozark 5, Nixa 4
Singles
No. 1 Spencer Hamilton (N) def. Blake Sarrazin (O), 8-5
No. 2 Sam Killion (O) def. Will Eck (N), 8-1
No. 3 Zach Gardner (N) def. Matt Fry (O), 8-4
No. 4 Zach Smith (O) def. Zach Flint (N), 8-3
No. 5 Garrett Bacon (N) def. Jon McBain (O), 8-5
No. 6 Joey Miller (N) def. Landon Swearngin (O), 8-2

Doubles
No. 1 Sarrazin/Fry def. Hamilton/Gardner, 8-6
No. 2 Killion/McBain def. Eck/Flint, 8-5
No. 3 Smith/Swearngin def. Bacon/Miller, 8-4


Photo Galleries

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Strafford Indians


Catch the top photos from the 2013-14 Strafford Indians.

Pictures: 2nd Annual 1 Awards Banquet


Catch photos from the 2nd Annual 1 Awards Banquet.

Pictures: Best of 2013-14 Stockton Tigers


Catch the best photos from the 2013-14 Stockton Tigers.
Videos
O-Zone Opinion
Mohawk Chronicles: Oklahoma the right choice for Dorial Green-Beckham
Dorial Green-Beckham is now an Oklahoma Sooner. If you're scratching your head right now, you're not alone. Yes, DGB will have to sit out the entire 2014 season, something that he wouldn't have had to do had he transferred to a FCS or D-2, but is...
Read More
Mohawk Chronicles: Ozark Conference 7v7 Football recap
For the third summer in a row Kickapoo hosted the Ozark Conference 7v7 Tournament. Here is a recap from the 3rd annual event. The Champs are here For the first time in the 3-year history of the Ozark Conference 7-on-7 Tournament someone...
Read More
The future is now for local soccer
We’re graduating a great crop of senior soccer players this spring. Anywhere from 15-25 will not only contend for all-state honors once the season is over, but also keep playing in college next school year. So, who replaces some of those top...
Read More
Most Viewed