The Boonville Pirates tennis team can finally breathe a sigh of relief after snapping a five-match losing streak Tuesday night against Columbia Independent by a score of 6-3.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said it was a good win against a district opponent.
“We needed it for morale and confidence as well as seedings in the district tournament,” stated Green. “Painter and Green saw some frustrations in both singles and doubles, as they came off playing a different style and pace of matches Monday against Moberly. McQuitty relaxed and was able to play solidly as did Bechtel. Williams was fundamentally sound with relatively few errors and showed confidence and poise as did Pond in their doubles match.”
Although the win was the first for Boonville in six matches, it didn’t come easy by any means after dropping the first-two singles matches against the Lions.
Nonetheless, the Pirates roared back with four straight victories with wins at No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles. At No. 3 singles, Jake McQuitty got the ball rolling for Boonville by beating Osaid Khan by a score of 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 4 singles, senior Kelly Williams won by a score of 8-2 over Stefanie Micatka. Sophomore Noah Bechtel also prevailed at the No. 5 slot by beating Taylor Burghard by a score of 8-3. Then, to closeout the singles matches, Ian Pond won by forfeit to give the Pirates a 4-2 match lead.
In other matches, No. 1 singles player Cody Painter lost to Vaughn Mueller by a score of 8-1 while Nathan Green fell by a score of 8-4 against Theron Howe.
Columbia Independent also picked up a win at No. 1 doubles, with the team of Mueller and Howe prevailing over Painter and Green 8-2.
The Pirates dominated the rest of the match, however, the No. 2 team of McQuitty and Bechtel won by a score of 8-1 over the team of Khan and Micatka. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Williams and Pond defeated the team of Micatka and Burghard by the same identical score of 8-1.
The Boonville Pirates tennis team will host the Fulton Hornets in a conference match on Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m.