The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team had plenty of ups and downs Thursday night while hosting the Fulton Hornets in NCMC action at the high school tennis courts.
Although the Lady Pirates dominated Fulton in doubles by winning five out of six matches, the same couldn’t be said in singles as the Hornets took the first-three matches to cut Boonville’s lead at 5-4.
Fortunately for the Lady Pirates, they were able to right the ship by winning the final three matches in singles for a 8-4 victory.
Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said the girls certainly needed this win.
“The girls worked hard at practice and we saw them putting into play the strategies and movements we worked on,” Green said. “Our doubles are finally solidifying and we know how vital they are to our success overall as a team.  It was great to see Kearns and Grizzle get their first win in a well played match. They were much more confident and controlled the court better. Coleman/Browning had a tough middle part of the match and that made the difference when Fulton was able to close the gap and get a break game.”
Of course it could have started out any better for the Lady Pirates with the No. 1 team of Erin Kearns and Abbie Grizzle winning their match over Laura Bailey and Audrey Nichols 10-7.
Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, the team of Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning fell to the team of Grace Hurt and Savannah Hart 10-8.
That turned out to be the only loss in doubles, with the No. 3 team of Kamryn Rice and Cidney Dorkins winning 10-6 over Emily David and Jenna Young. At No. 4 doubles, Dianna Koa and Bailey Brimer prevailed over the team of Rebecca Noel and Hannah Siegel 10-3. At No. 5 doubles, the team of Danielle Dillon and Kyleigh Skoufos won 10-1 over Haisley Windsor and Tiffany Torres. Meanwhile, at No. 6 doubles, the team of Bayli Collins and Hannah Loesing defeated the team of Sierra Milligan and Alexa Shoemaker 10-2.
As for the first-three matches in singles, Boonville dropped all three with Kearns losing to Bailey 10-7, Grizzle falling to Hurt 10-5 and Coleman dropping a 10-5 decision against Hart.
However it was all smooth sailing the rest of the way, with Rice winning 10-2 over Nichols, Browning prevailing 10-2 over Noel and Dorkins beating David 10-6.
Green said Kearns's singles match was much better and more patient and she made a good comeback late, but it wasn't enough to get her over the top.
“Grizzle, too, played more solidly and was taking some risks and winning points at the net more consistently. Coleman got her first taste of defeat in singles and it served to help her see where she has to make some transitions which will come with more match experience. Rice was confident and strong in singles and it helped her and Dorkins both to work through some stroke inconsistencies and to see the court better during their doubles match.
“Both were able to take that confidence and apply it to their singles matches. Browning was strong, consistent and focused. She moved the ball well and was able to run down a lot of tough balls to convert to points. Moving Koa and Brimer back together was a good move for us. They have a lot of experience together and have a good competitive chemistry which helps them both step up and be more confident. Skoufos and Dillon continue to be a bright spot in our lineup. They really control the court and use their athleticism well together. Loesing and Collins both stepped up their games and it's always impressive when our players are willing a ready to play doubles with any of their teammates. These two really showed that tonight.”
Boonville also won the JV match against Fulton 3-2.
Recording wins for the Lady Pirates was the doubles team of Jessica Lammers and Leila Green 7-5, Amelia Widel and Kali Corbitt 7-5 and Mabel Schrader 6-0 in singles.
In other matches, Aarica Shay lost 7-5 in her match while the doubles team of Molly Amos and Lauren Ueligger fell by a score of 6-3.