Will play in individual district tournament on Saturday in Mexico
For the second time in as many years, the Boonville Pirates tennis team can lay claim as district champs.
After blanking Mexico 5-0 on Tuesday, the Pirates came back Wednesday night in a winner take all against No. 2 Kirksville at the high school tennis court.
Although the Tigers have improved since their match back on April 4th against Boonville, they were no match on Wednesday as the Pirates recorded wins in all three doubles matches and two singles matches for a 5-0 victory.
Boonville will now advance to team sectionals on Saturday, May 19th in Jefferson City against St. Dominic. Helias will host John Burroughs in the other sectional matchup.
Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said she is very proud of the preparation and effort the guys put out to clinch this district championship for the second year, especially against a solid opponent.
“Our one and two doubles had to play through multiple break point games and make everything count for them,” Green said. “Bona and Rehagen moved and executed plans very well. Kyle Chrisman and Rumbaoa dropped behind at 5-6, but on the strength of Rumbaoa’s service game and Chrisman’s next play, they changed over a game up, then put the match away with a strong service game from Chrisman. Josh Chrisman and Gentry had a few errors, but overwhelmingly controlled the pace of the match and the court. They took some risks which helped them develop, even if it cost a point.”
The errors were definitely few against Kirksville. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Francisco Bona and Luke Rehagen fought off several rallies to beat the team of Bennett Hoshaw and Alex Hendler 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, the team of Kyle Chrisman and Gabe Rumbaoa also had some rallies but managed to hold off Garrett Johnson and Charles Fraser for a 8-6 victory. Then, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry won 8-3 over Noah Walker and Domenic Terrell.
Needing only two more wins to closeout the match, Josh Chrisman picked up the first victory at No. 5 singles by winning in straight sets against Walker 6-0, 6-2. Then for the final win, Luke Rehagen defeated Hendler in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
Also playing at the time was Bona at No. 1 singles, Chrisman at No. 2 singles and Gentry at No. 6 singles. Bona fell in the first set against Hoshaw 7-5 and trailed 4-2 in the second. Gentry won by tiebreaker 7-6 in the first set, dropped the second 6-0 and led 3-0 in the third. Kyle Chrisman also led Johnson 1-0.
Green said Josh Chrisman was able to come out strong in singles to retire his match relatively quickly to put us up 4-0. “Bona was in a battle with Hoshaw and struggled, but backed off, slowed the match down and was able to continue playing while Rehagen sealed the 5-0 win for us. Rehagen had a rough start, so it was great to see him bring in this match win for us with good, solid play after he figured out how to control the court.”