Posted: Thursday, 23 May 2013 6:20PM

Rogersville tennis finishes fourth in Class 1 State Championships

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Rogersville’s tennis team was able to pull off something that no other public school in the state of Missouri from Class 1 could.
Advance to the final four.

The Wildcats concluded their season with a fourth place finish in the 2013 Class 1 Boys Tennis Championships after losing to Pembroke Hill Saturday afternoon at Cooper Tennis Complex, 5-0.

“I’m extremely proud, and this was a fantastic year for us,” said Rogersville head coach Jerry Knowles. “They battled through a lot of really close matches, and here we are, one of the top four top teams of Missouri. Just to be included in this caliber of tennis is very impressive.”
After only being seeded fourth in the district, Rogersville’s journey to the state tournament wasn’t an easy one.
The Wildcats edged by top-seeded Springfield Catholic in the semifinals 5-4, and went on to defeat Greenwood in the district championship.
In sectionals, Rogersville dominated Salem with a shutout victory, 5-0.
With only eight teams left in the state, the Wildcats were matched up with the undefeated Warrensburg Tigers.
Rogersville played their best all year, upsetting one of the top tennis programs in Missouri to earn themselves a bid to the 2013 Class 1 Boys Tennis Championships.  
“It was such a dramatic event and I was really proud of my guys,” said Knowles. “They just played at the top of their game, that’s all I can say.”
Despite Derek Louderbaugh missing the regular season to a motorcycle accident, Rogersville was still able to refocus after losing their most consistent player.
“We thought we lost our entire season, but our guys refused to let that get in their way of having a successful year,” said Knowles.
Rogersville ends their season with a record of 12-5.
“It’s a great experience to be here,” said Rogersville’s No. 1 Tucker Ethridge. “To be the only public school here, it says something about how hard we played this year. We don’t necessarily get the coaching experiences private schools get, but I’m satisfied with how we did.”
Ethridge and No. 2 Matthew Gartland will be paired together for the Class 1 Doubles Tournament May 24 at 9:00 a.m.  
“I feel pretty good being able to pull off fourth place my senior year,” said Gartland. “Today was a good win and we’ll see how tomorrow goes.”

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