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TENNIS: Wurdeman, Kutz claim Joplin Open titles

SoMo Sports staff reports


The Joplin High School athletic complex hosted the Joplin Open prep tennis tournament on Friday.

Featuring girls and boys singles brackets, the tourneys gave local prep tennis players an opportunity to gain experience and hone their skills.

The girls bracket featured 24 players.

In the semifinals, Naiyah Wurdeman beat Lizzie Smith 6-2, while Jenna Besperat defeated Brynley Walters 6-1.

In the championship match, Wurdeman defeated Besperat 6-4. Both players are from Carl Junction. 

In the third-place match, Walters defeated Smith 6-3.

Falling in the quarterfinals were Elli Woodward, Natalie Brueggemann, Isabel Read and Grace Replogle.

The boys champion was Monett’s Ethan Kutz. He defeated Thomas Jefferson’s Jack Goodhue 6-2 in the title match. 

Taking third place was Monett’s Elijah Ridenour. 

Other players advancing to the third round were Logan Kutz, Cooper Choate and Lucas Riffe. 



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