The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team dropped a 8-4 decision on the road last night against the Fulton Hornets.
While recording just two wins in both singles and doubles, head coach Stephanie Green said despite injuries and illness, the girls really played some great tennis.
"With everyone moving up in the lineup and playing with some new doubles partners, every one of our players stepped up, played hard and had really good attitudes about doing their job for the team," Green said.
Richerson played some of her best tennis and stayed ahead throughout the entire match. Stewart, with a still painful knee injury, kept her match within a game until the final 3, but was playing a fast paced game with a lot heavy and hard hitting the entire time. Gerlach overcame a 4 game deficit at the beginning of the match to go head finally by three games and managed to keep that pace and distance for the remainder of the set. Having to give up the number 6 doubles spot hurt us a bit in overall team score, but with illness, we just didn't have the personnel to fill it. We're still making good improvements individually and tonight was a good team experience as the girls came together to support each other and do their best. We're still a young team and as long as we're making progress, that's exactly what we want to see going into post season play."
In singles play, senior Missy Richerson and sophomore Kelsey Gerlach were the only winners for the Lady Pirates.
At No. 2 singles, Richerson defeated Emily Barbour by a score of 10-8. Meanwhile, at No. 4 singles, Gerlach beat Danyiell Lee 10-7.
In other matches, Amanda Cook fell to Suzie Whitmar at the No. 1 position 10-0. At No. 3 singles, Mary Stewart lost to Laurel Royer by a score of 10-7. At No. 5 singles, Carley Esser dropped a 10-5 decision against Rachel Kucera. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Megan Kraus was upended by Grace Hegemann 10-5.
In doubles, the No. 2 team of Gerlach and Esser defeated the team of Royer and Lee by a score of 10-8. Meanwhile, at the No. 3 slot, the team of Kraus and Cook beat the team of Kucera and Hegemann 10-3.
In other matches, Richerson and Stewart fell to Whitmar and Barbour by a score of 10-0 at the No. 1 position. At No. 4 doubles, Kelsie Williams and Breanna Connell lost to Hannah Wilson and Yvonne Geldner 10-3. At No. 5 doubles, Megan Roth and Breanna Beran fell to Jessica Popkey and Grace Stukenborg 10-3. Meanwhile, at No. 6 doubles, Fulton won by a fault.
In the JV match, Boonville and Fulton split the only two matches.
The No. 2 doubles team of Roth and Beran defeated the team of Makaela Hitchcook and Morgan Fowler by a score of 9-7. Meanwhile, at No. 1 doubles, the team of Williams and Connell lost to the team of Bethany Libberty and Jacalyne Lodwig by a score of 8-5.