The Boonville Pirates tennis team just can’t seem to get away from that one numeral this season when it comes to team scores.
After picking up their first win of the 2013 season last week against Columbia Independent, the Pirate netters once again fell victim Tuesday night on the road against Sedalia Sacred Heart by a score of 9-0.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-7 overall, head coach Stephanie Green said the continual losses are frustrating.
“Even though we always have fundamentals and strategy to work on, it's hard to find a rhythm when we can't even have a regular practice routine and schedule,” Green said. “We know other teams are in the same position, too. We just need extra court time because we are working with such an inexperienced and young team. The doubles time break loss when Painter and Green were up 5-2 set the momentum for their singles matches.
“We were hoping to salvage a win with varsity singles, but struggled at every position. Green really hit and played the most consistently of all the singles players and looks like he might overcome his own difficulties. Overall we just didn't move well, we're sluggish and couldn't find consistency especially after a short rain delay during doubles.”
The good news is that Boonville suffered only one shutout in singles play. At No. 1 singles, senior Cody Painter fell to Kyung Taek Oh by a score of 8-2. At No. 2 singles, Nathan Green lost to Jay Kim 8-5. At No. 3 singles, Jake McQuitty dropped a 8-2 decision  against Chris Stratton. At No. 4 singles, Kelly Williams was ousted by Erin Keethler by a score of 8-2. At No. 5 singles, Noah Bechtel took it on the chin against Jaime Villalobos 8-4. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Ian Pond lost to Grace Calls 8-0.
The Pirate netters also scored in double against the Gremlins. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Painter and Green fell to the team of Oh and Kim in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-5). At No. 2 doubles, McQuitty and Bechtel lost to the team of Stratton and Keethler 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Williams and Pond dropped a 8-2 decision against Villalobos and Callis.
Boonville also had a tough time in the junior varsity match while dropping all four doubles matches and one singles match.
At No. 1 doubles, Braden Adams and Noah Lammers fell by a score of 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Asher Humphrey-Martin and Logan Parks lost 6-4. At No. 3 doubles, Will Engle and Christian Vivas were decisioned 6-1. Meanwhile, at No. 5 doubles, Brett McNeal and Sean Wainscott were upended by a score of 6-1.
In the only singles match, Will Engle lost 6-0.