After years and years of frustrating losses against the Higginsville Lady Huskers, the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team finally put an end to it all last night by recording wins in six out of nine matches for a 6-3 victory.
While the win improved Boonville’s record to 2-2 overall, head coach Stephanie Green said this was a great win for the team and individuals alike.
“We practiced hard in the heat on Monday and made a lot of progress transferring our work to play tonight,” Green said.
In this case, the hard practice on Monday paid off for the Lady Pirates, especially in singles after winning five out of six matches.
At No. 1 singles, junior Amy Shipman defeated Elizabeth Twyman 8-5 to improve to 3-1 overall. No. 2 singles player Kelsey Gerlach also raised her season record to 3-1 by turning back Sarah Vereecke 8-3.
Of course the wins continued to pour in after that, with No. 3 singles player Carley Esser prevailing over Emily Runyan 8-1. Senior Amanda Cook also won in her match at No. 4 singles against Rachel Smith 8-4. Cook is now 3-1 on the season.
At No. 5 singles, freshman Jessica Leathers held off Ashtyn Howard 8-6 to improve to 3-1 on the season. Meanwhile, after No. 6 singles, Kelsie Williams fell to Allison Poynter 8-3.
In doubles, the Lady Huskers made up a little ground by winning two out of three matches.
The No. 2 doubles team of Gerlach and Esser was the only winner for Boonville over Runyan and Howard 8-1.
In other matches, Shipman and Cook fell to Twyman and Vereecke 9-7 at the No. 1 spot. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, Leathers and Williams lost to Smith and Romans 8-5.
In JV action, Boonville won three out of five matches against Higginsville.
Recording wins for the Lady Pirates were Megan Roth and Ellie Monk over Nicole Head and Caitlin Powell 6-2; Kristen Williams and Makayla Penny over Brittany Pugh and Caitlin Engle 6-3; and the team of Sabrina Elbert and Kelsey Redden over Kayci Courtois and Jessica Tonnar 6-0.
In other matches, Breanna Beran lost to Brandi Courtois 7-5 in singles while the team of Stephanie Kempf and Jordan Xufuris injury defaulted against the team of Camille Carminucci and Regan Wood.
“It was great to see Esser get a good solid win in singles and she and Gerlach were very strong in doubles as well,” Green said. “Shipman and Cook had a little bit of a slow start, caught up, pulled ahead and then every point after 7-7 was a battle back and forth. Leathers stayed strong in a slow match and is learning patience with each point. She worked some transition angles and we feel she gained some confidence in being able to close a close match. To watch Kelsie Williams, one would have believed she was on the winning end of the match. She hit the ball more solidly, had better shot selection and took some risks that helped her game grow. Our younger girls keep improving as well. Beran really worked hard and put to good use some of the skills we’ve been working on in practice. Roth and Monk were a very solid team and had good chemistry on the court tonight. Unfortunately at match point, Kempf rolled an ankle and we defaulted that spot just as she and Xufuris were determined to end the match with the win. Kristen Williams and Penny played smart and tough and hit with more pace and better placment tonight as well. Overall, it was just a good match for us to get back to .500 and keep up momentum for more wins.”