Two Marshall netters golden at SMSG

Monday, July 28, 2014
Marshall tennis players Jack Hemeyer (left) and Taylor Crawford both took first place in 16-and-under singles at the Show-Me State Games. (Photo contributed by Cathy Crawford)

COLUMBIA -- A pair of Marshall juniors claimed tennis championships over the weekend during the 30th Show-Me State Games at Columbia.

Jack Hemeyer and Taylor Crawford both went undefeated in the 16-and-under singles division.

Hemeyer pulled out a tough semifinal win against Columbia-Rock Bridge's Derek Wang, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), with a line judge having to be brought in during the second set to sort out several disputed calls and scoring issues.

The final match was considerably easier in every respect, Hemeyer downing Wang's brother, Derek, for a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Hemeyer is coming off a spring season in which he and doubles partner Gerritt Murphy qualified for the MSHSAA Class 1 Championships. Hemeyer also placed second in the NCMC Tournament at No. 3 singles, compiling an 18-4 mark during the campaign.

Due to the deeper field, Crawford needed two wins to make it to the gold-medal round. She started off with a 6-1, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Mary Conley of Helias in Jefferson City, then blanked Columbia-Hickman's Jasmine Jalali 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals.

Crawford survived a rugged, three-hour tilt with Jeani Stannard of Hickman in the finals. Although she yielded a 3-1 lead in the first set to lose, 7-5, Crawford rallied for a 6-4 decision in the second frame and pulled out a 10-5 tiebreaker for the win.

Competing in No. 1 singles last fall for the Lady Owls, Crawford enjoyed a 22-6 record, won three straight-set matches for the Class 1, District 8 Tournament championships and went on to medal at the state meet with a fifth-place showing.

Since the NCMC Tournament was rained out, Crawford was declared the champion after having swept league foes in dual matches during the season.

The Marshall girls' 2015 season is scheduled to begin Aug. 25 at Mexico.

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