Boonville tennis team finishes fifth in NCMC Tournament at Fulton
The Boonville doubles team have Danielle Dillon and Kyleigh Skoufos may be the best kept secret in the conference this season.
While toying along with win after win after win this season while splitting time in both varsity and JV, Dillon and Skoufos got to display their skills on a big stage Wednesday during the NCMC Tournament at Fulton.
Although the Lady Pirates tennis team finished fifth out of seven teams in the tournament, Dillon and Skoufos were the only first place finishers for Boonville at the No. 2 doubles positions. The duo finished 2-0 with a 10-2 win over Hannibal’s No. 5 seeded team and a 10-8 win over Mexico’s No. 3 seed team.
In the final team standings, Marshall captured first as expected with 58 points. Mexico finished second with 47 points, followed by Kirksville with 45, Moberly 35, Boonville 29, Hannibal 22 and Fulton 13.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said she was proud of the development in the players throughout the day.
“With seeds being what they were and the finishes we actually had, we exceeded expectations. Dillon/Skoufos as the 1 seed did exactly what they have been working to do all season - earn ALL CONFERENCE honors. It's hard in those brackets because a team has to place first. They did it with good, solid, aggressive play. With Loesing/Shay having only played together a couple of times, it was fantastic to see them succeed in moving through the championship side of the bracket until they lost in the semifinals. But placing fourth definitely showed their potential and versatility. Both girls have played with different partners a lot this season and they deserved to see success.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Dianne Koa and Bailey Brimer also had success throughout the day by finishing second with a record of 2-1. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Hannah Loesing and Aarica Shay finished fourth with a record of 1-2.
In singles, Brooke Coleman placed fifth overall with a record of 2-1 at the No. 3 position while Bayli Collins also took fifth at the No. 6 slot. Erin Kearns took sixth at No. 1 singles, as did Olivia Browning at the No. 5 position. Seventh place finishers were Abbie Grizzle at the No. 2 position and Kamryn Rice at the No. 4 position.