The Boonville Pirates tennis team will have two doubles teams moving on to the sectional tournament Tuesday in Jefferson City.
While competing in the individual Class 1 District 7 Tournament Saturday in Mexico, the Boonville No. 1 and 2 doubles teams both qualified for the next round after playing each other for the title.
As it turned out, the No. 1 team of Francesco Bona and Luke Rehagen won in straight sets over the No. 2 team of Kyle Chrisman and Gabe Rumbaoa 7-5, 7-5.
Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said this was such a great day for the Pirates as individuals, but also still as a team.
“Our doubles team as the No. 1 and 2 seeds performed exceptionally well,” Green said. “Bona/Rehagen just brought a level of confidence and symmetry to each of the matches they played with the championship match against K.Chrisman/Rumbaoa being a tough match. In the finals, it was tough from the start. Chrisman/Rumbaoa were up 5-2 when Bona/Rehagen bounced back, but really each point was a battle. It was exciting to watch all four compete like they do in practice, but with an extra level of toughness and competitiveness. Of course our goal was to send all of them onto the first sectional round and we accomplished it. Now we have work to do to prep for two tough Helias teams on Tuesday.”
Bona and Rehagen, who finished the tournament 3-0, opened district play by beating Johnson and Fraser of Kirksville 6-1, 6-2. Then, after beating Faiella and Thomas of Moberly in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, the duo came back to win in two straight against Chrisman and Rumbaoa.
As for Chrisman and Rumbaoa, they also won in straight sets in the opening round against Maffezzoni and Pemberton of Mexico 6-0, 6-1. Then, in the second round, the duo defeated Imgarten and Caddell of Moberly in three sets 6-4, 2-6 and 6-4 before losing in the title game to Bona and Rehagen.
Green said Chrisma and Rumbaoa were consistent and solid against Mexico.
“In their semifinal match against Moberly, who had beaten them in the regular season, they started strong, but couldn't quite open the sets up by a couple of games,” Green said. “However, their play when they came back in the third set to 5-4, showed their experience together and their level of competitiveness. Rumbaoa was able to get that last game win on the strength of three good serves and then some excellent groundstroke work.”
In singles, Boonville’s No. 1 player Josh Chrisman finished 1-1 on the day by beating Bruno Pozzani of MMA in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 and then losing to Bennett Hoshaw of Kirksville in two straight 6-1, 6-1.
As for No. 2 player Quin Gentry, he dropped his only match against James Hendler of Kirksville in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
Green said Josh Chrisman got a tough draw being in the top bracket with the No. 1 seed, but after getting a good start against MMA's player, he really played well against Hoshaw and pushed his game up a level.
“It was good experience for him to play in the singles bracket since he'll need to move up in the lineup next year,” Green said. “Gentry also got a tough draw playing against Kirksville's #3 player, but he, too, stepped up to the challenge and really played some tough, long points in his match. It pushed him to look at the game defensively and offensively and to step into his transition game more.”
Note: The Boonville Pirates tennis team will compete in team sectionals on Saturday, May 19th at the Helias Catholic Gerhardinger Tennis Complex  in Jefferson City.
The Pirates will play St. Dominic in the sectional tournament starting at 10:30 a.m.