The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team had its season come to a screeching halt Monday night in the opening round of the Class 1 District 13 Tournament at Lexington.
While the Lady Pirates still have the individual portion of the district tournament to play, the Lady Pirates fell Monday night in a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup against the Lexington Minutemen 5-2.
Boonville will play the individual portion of the district tournament on Saturday, Sept. 30th.
Commenting on the match against Lexington, Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said the goal was to move onto the second round of team district knowing that they are in a strong district with Marshall and Odessa, but Lexington really came on strong and played well.
“After being up in two of the three doubles matches and then falling behind 0-3, we knew going into singles, we would have to pull everything together to get this match won,” Green said. “Doubles are vital and ours have just not progressed as well as we had hoped through the season. With Coleman pulling out a strong win, we were hoping to keep the match closer closing the gap 1-3. Kearns finally slowed things down in her match and was gaining ground in the second set when Grizzle pulled off the strongest match of her season. Grizzle played extremely well, finally got her service game to a consistent level and made very smart shot selections.
“With Kearns' loss dropping us to 2-4, we had to get the wins at four, five, and six. With Browning going into her third set and Collins up a set in her match, we were hoping Rice could hold on to give us some more wins on the board and to make a comeback. Unfortunately we fell just short of that goal. We have to look to Saturday's individual tournament to recoup some of these losses on the season and end on a strong note.”
The Lady Pirates faced an uphill battle all night against the Minutemen while dropping all three doubles matches to trail 3-0.
Only five wins are needed in team tennis to declare a winner.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, the Minutemen were only two away from completing the match. As for the doubles matches, the No. 1 team of Erin Kearns and Abbie Grizzle fell to the team of Kristen Smith and Clarissa Caldwell 8-6. At No. 2 doubles, Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning lost to Chloe Caldwell and Sydney Lautenschlager 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, Kamryn Rice and Bayli Collins dropped a 8-6 decision against the team of Courtney Chaney and Keely Terrell.
Of course it got worse before it got better for the Lady Pirates in singles. Already down 3-0, Boonville also fell at No. 1 singles with Kearns losing to Smith in straight sets 6-1 and 6-3.
Meanwhile, at No. 2 singles, sophomore Abbie Grizzle picked up her first win of the season by beating Clarissa Caldwell in two straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Junior Brooke Coleman also prevailed in straight sets at No. 3 singles by beating Chloe Caldwell by the scores of 6-4, 6-1.
Now trailing 4-2 in the match, Boonville needed to win out to move on to the semifinal round of the district. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they would lose the next match at No. 4 singles with Kamryn Rice falling to Lautenschlager 6-3, 6-1.
Green said the remaining matches at No. 5 and 6 singles were halted after the fifth win occurred for Lexington.
At No. 5 singles, Olivia Browning split the first-two matches against Chaney by winning the first set 6-3 and dropping the second 6-0. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Collins won the first set against Ashley Menard by a score of 6-1.