The Boonville Pirates tennis team had another one of those nights Monday on the road against the Moberly Spartans.
While looking for their first win of the 2013 season, the Pirate netters will have to wait another day after falling to the Spartans 12-0.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said the team definitely saw some major progress against Moberly.
“We scored more games in matches than we have in any match this season and things are starting to click,” Green said. “It’s always good to have a competitive match against other players than the ones on our team. It's always good to have a competitive match against other players than the ones on our team. It develops skills and builds confidence when our players can see their own progress. Painter played the best match of his season tonight against a tough Moberly opponent. He was patient, hit solidly and placed the ball well. Green likewise worked out some kinks in his game and by the time doubles were over, he was making big strides in service consistency and in his stroke progression.
“McQuitty and Bechtel had the lead in doubles, foundered a bit, but came back after playing some solid points and stayed in the match until the end. They really played quick, hard hitting and smart doubles, so with some more experience at that level of play, they will see success soon. Both Williams and Pond struggled a bit in singles and doubles, but both made progress in shot selection while Williams worked to place the ball away from his opponent, Pond learned some valuable lessons about moving into the court, recovery and keeping in position. Overall, although the scores don't always show it, we made big strides in solidifying some important areas of our match play. There were a lot of break points we didn't convert so we know that's a good place to start in working forward to get those important game wins.”
The Pirates definitely scored better against Moberly while being shutout in only one match. At No. 1 singles, Cody Painter fell to Justin Coleman by a score of 10-2. At No. 2 singles, Nathan Green lost to Kyle Oberkrom 10-5. At No. 3 singles, Jake McQuitty dropped a 10-2 decision against Tanner Lynn. At No. 4 singles, Kelly Williams was shutout by Kevin Wamsley 10-0. At No. 5 singles, Noah Bechtel fell to Zach Lipperd 10-3. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Ian Pond lost to Trevor Lynn 10-1.
Despite trailing 6-0 after singles play, Boonville also managed to score in five out of the six doubles matches.
At No. 1 doubles, Painter and Green lost to Coleman and Oberkrom 10-2. At No. 2 doubles, McQuitty and Bechtel fell to Wamsley and Lipperd 10-7. At No. 3 doubles, Williams and Pond lost by a 10-0 decision against Lynn and Lynn. At No. 4 doubles, Braden Adams and Noah Lammers scored four wins but lost 10-4 against Bringham Delp and Michael Smith. At No. 5 doubles, Asher Humphrey-Martin and Christian Vivas fell to the team of Tim Warren and Mathew Owings 10-3. Meanwhile, at No. 6 doubles, Will Engle and Greg Harris lost to the team of Justin Wilson and Kyle Lewis 10-1.
In junior varsity action, Boonville and Moberly split matches.
The team of Adams and Vivas defeated the team of Anthony Nelson and Chris Armstrong by a score of 8-3. Meanwhile, at No. 4 doubles, the team of Brett McNeal and Sean Wainscott lost by a score of 8-2.