The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team have lived and died by its doubles teams this season.
Tuesday night was no exception as Boonville recorded wins in two out of three doubles matches to beat Knob Noster 5-4.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 2-2 on the season.
Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said a win is always good, but learning and experience are necessary.
“We continue to work on areas of need and are making progress,” Green said.
Of course it didn’t look good early on for the Lady Pirates after dropping the first-two matches at No. 1 and 2 singles. At the No. 1 position, senior Erin Kearns fell to Alexis Allen 8-3. Meanwhile, at No. 2 singles, sophomore Abbie Grizzle dropped a 8-4 decision against Ella Konrad.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Boonville won the next three out of four matches, with junior Brooke Coleman moving up to the No. 3 spot to beat Kayley Turner 8-0. Kamryn Rice also prevailed at the No. 4 position against Rebecca Burch 8-2. Then, after Olivia Browning dropped a close score against Kathryn Binder 8-6 at the No. 5 position, Cidney Dorkins came back to win 8-3 over Madison Eccleton at the No. 6 slot.
With the score tied at 3-all after singles, Knob Noster came back and grabbed a 4-3 advantage with the No. 1 team of Allen and Binder winning 8-6 over Kearns and Grizzle.
However it was all Boonville after that, with the No. 2 team of Coleman and Browning prevailing over Konrad and Turner 8-2 and the No. 3 team of Rice and Dorkins winning 8-6 over Burch and Eccleton.
Green said she thought Erin Kearns and Abbie Grizzle played much better doubles back together and will continue to develop.
“In singles I thought despite Erin’s score, she went to multiple break points in almost every game and it was an extremely heavy hitting and strategic match with her staying alive in each game,” Green said. “Abbie made some good progress in her service game and in being more aggressive and racquet ready earlier.
“Brooke Coleman  turned up her level of play after moving into the No. 3 spot. She played smart and savvy in both singles and doubles with Olivia Browning. They played strongly and very together with more strategy and finesse. Browning couldn’t manage to win her serve and she came out on the short end of that in singles. Her timing was off, but she did make progress in moving the ball better. Cidney Dorkins played hard and used her court time to work on her transitions and knowing what strokes to use from her court placement. She played smart and confident.”
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Knob Noster 2-1. Recording wins for the Lady Pirates were Dianna Koa over Chloe McDonnell 6-0 and the doubles team of Danielle Dillon and Kyleigh Skoufos 7-5.
In the only other match, Bayli Collins lost to Deja Holloway in a tiebreak 7-6 (8-6).