From staff reports

Joplin High School's tennis team, bolstered by its two singles players, won the first Joplin Invitational on Friday at Schifferdecker Park.

Sophomore Logan Skelley won the No. 1 singles medal and senior Scott Yount won No. 2 singles as the Eagles, with 12 points, edged Camdenton and Mount Vernon, each with 11.

The difference in the tournament was Joplin having two champions. The Lakers, with their No. 2 doubles team winning that medal, took second on a tiebreaker over Mount Vernon, which won No. 1 doubles behind the Hinojosa brothers, Grayson and Andrew. Springfield Catholic garnered 10 points.

"It was pretty exciting," said Joplin coach Larry McGregor. "We had three teams in and, with our fairly young team, we anticipated some good matches. I figured Mount Vernon and Catholic would be the strong teams, but I felt real, real good about how we matched up."

In five of his six sets, Skelley dropped only seven games. His closest match was a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over sophomore Tyler Porth of Camdenton.

Yount was more dominant, losing just eight games in sweeping his six sets.

"Our No. 1 and No. 2 singles carried us and they played really well," McGregor said. "The tightest match of the day had to be in No. 1 doubles (Chase Mitchell and Andy Lewis). We lost the tiebreaker, 7-2, to Catholic.

"Other than that, it was a little surprising we pulled it out. We split with everyone."

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