By Mark Schremmer
Globe Sports Writer
Thomas Jefferson tennis coach Tom Brumfield liked what he saw from his team.
With No. 3 singles player John Burnett out with a calf injury, the Cavaliers used four freshman at the Class 1 sectionals on Saturday at the Millennium Tennis & Fitness Center in Joplin.
Thomas Jefferson fell 5-1 to Warrensburg in the round of 16, but Brumfield was impressed by how his team competed.
“With John out, we had to move everyone up and add our No. 7 player,” Brumfield said. “You take that into consideration and we still competed. We had several close matches. I was really excited about how the kids performed.”
Thomas Jefferson’s Levi Vasquez earned the lone win for the Cavaliers on Saturday, beating Warrensburg’s Michael Lichte 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
“Levi’s always been steady,” Brumfield said. “The strength of our team has been our depth. It was great to see a freshman compete as strong as he did.”
Thomas Jefferson’s other freshmen were Joe Scott, Michael Joseph and Mark Farnham.
Scott beat Warrensburg’s Chris O’Connor 7-6 in the first set but dropped the next two 3-6 and 6-7. Preston Carpenter lost in three sets (5-7, 6-3, 1-6) to Warrensburg’s Nathan Fernquist.
Rogersville went on to win the sectional by edging Warrensburg 5-4. The win sends the Wildcats (12-3) to the Class 1 semifinals against Mary Institute and Country Day School (14-1) at 9 a.m. Thursday at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. John Burroughs (12-1) will face Pembroke Hill (10-4) in the other semifinal. The two winners will meet for the state championship at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Thomas Jefferson ended its season with an 8-6 record and captured its 10th consecutive district title.