If anything, the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team picked up valuable experience over the weekend while competing in the individual portion of the Class 1 District 8 Tournament at Marshall.
With everybody returning back for next year, the Lady Pirates went into the tournament with two players competing in singles and two in doubles.
However after going 1-2 in singles, Boonville dropped both doubles matches as well to closeout the tournament.
At No. 1 singles, junior Amanda Cook fell to Marshall’s Amanda Harrellson in three sets by the scores of 6-4, 3-6 and 5-7. Meanwhile, at No. 2 singles, Missy Richerson defeated Carrollton’s Mady Fry in straight sets 7-5 and 6-0 in the opening round but then dropped her next match against Katie Matheis of Moberly by the scores of 6-1 and 6-0.
In doubles, the No. 1 team of Kelsey Gerlach and Carley Esser fell to the team of Taylor Crawford and Payton Beeler of Marshall in straight sets 6-1 and 6-0. Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, the team of Megan Kraus and Kelsie Williams lost to the team of Aviel Kascube and Taylor Smith of Kirksville by the scores of 6-1 and 6-0.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said the girls had hoped for a better outcome with the singles players.
“Both got into tight matches with solid players and just couldn’t quite close out those matches as we needed to to put ourselves in medaling position,” Green said. “Our doubles teams just didn’t play as strongly as we would have liked and whether it was the cold weather or just the inexperience of playing in a single elimination tournament, we also know that our district was stacked with the top three teams in the NCMC – all of whom have good programs. Overall, it was good to get this kind of tournament experience in and for the players to learn what the possibilities for hard work are.”