The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team fell on the road Monday night against the Warrensburg Tigers by a score of 8-1.
The Lady Pirates, dropping to 3-5 on the season, recorded just one win on the night against Warrensburg as No. 3 singles player Brooke Coleman defeated Shelby Davis 8-5.
Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green coming into this match, the girls knew it would be tough.
That’s an understatement as Warrensburg recorded wins in five of the six singles matches.
At No. 1 singles, senior Erin Kearns fell to Hope Dahlhoff by a score of 8-5. At No. 2 singles, Abbie Grizzle lost to Hannah Shaffer 8-0. At No. 4 singles, Kamryn Rice dropped a 8-2 decision against Nina Thessen. At No. 5 singles, Olivia Browning fell to Bethany Ballard 8-1. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Bayli Collins lost to Kourtnay Wirthwein 8-1.
“Warrensburg is a traditionally strong team and we have been working hard on areas of our performance to improve,” Green said. “We saw some of those improvements really kick in with the level of play of some of the ladies. Kearns played a smart, tough match against a good player and she put into practice the patience we've been talking about. She hit the ball well and placed it well. Grizzle struggled a bit with some footwork and consistency issues, but she's developed a nice low forehand shot that when she moved it, won her some points. Coleman kept us from the shut out with a very solid match. She kept the ball in play, moved it, hit a lot of balls in each point and was patient in waiting for the unforced errors. Rice really stepped up in her net play game and had she come on that strongly at the beginning of her match, the score would have been closer. Browning was off in rhythm and although she stroked the ball well, she just didn't stay in points as long as she needed to win games. Collins played a long, competitive match despite the score. She really settled into focus on hitting the ball well and just needs more experience to make those changes permanent.”
Boonville also dropped all three doubles matches, with the No. 1 team of Kearns and Grizzle losing to Dahlhoff and Shaffer 8-0. At No. 2 doubles, Coleman and Browning fell to the team of Davis and Wirthwein in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-2). Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Rice and Collins dropped a 8-2 decision against Thessen and Ballard.
Green said the doubles didn't look as strong as they did last week.
“Coleman/Browning were a game ahead through the entire match and dropped it in the tiebreak which is the one area we should always win because we practice those so regularly,” Green said. “Our jv girls got a lot of playing time tonight and that made a huge difference in their levels of play throughout the matches. They definitely needed to get that experience and it will help in their development.”
Boonville also dropped the JV match against Warrensburg 11-2.
Recording wins for the Lady Pirates was the No. 7 doubles team of Lauren Ueligger and Molly Amos 6-1 and the No. 10 doubles team of Mabel Schrader and Jessica Lammers by a score of 6-1.
In other matches, No. 1 doubles team of Dianna Koa and Bailey Brimer lose 6-2; No. 2 Danielle Dillon and Kyleigh Skoufos lose 6-0; No. 3 Hannah Loesing and Mabel Schrader lose 6-2; No. 4 Aarica Shay and Angela Bryant lose 6-2; No. 5 Rebecca Howery and Rose Schrader lost 6-3; No. 6 Jessica Lammers and Leila Green lost 6-1; Kali Corbitt and Amelia Widel lost 6-2; and Crystal Carey and Leila Green lost twice by the scores of 6-1.