The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team did everything right on Tuesday against the Knob Noster Panthers.
While facing an old familiar face from the MRVC, the Lady Pirates recorded wins in all six singles matches and three doubles matches for a 9-0 victory.
Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said this was a good win to start the week.
“We needed it after being off for seven days and the girls really made progress in their strategy and play,” Green said.
Starting with doubles against Knob Noster, the Lady Pirates opened the match with the No. 1 team of Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning winning in a tiebreaker 9-8 (2) against Ella Conrad and Chloe McDonell.
After that, the No. 2 team of Abbie Grizzle and Cidney Dorkins won 8-5 over the team of Rebecca Burch and Madison Eccleton. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Bailey Brimer and Dianna Koa prevailed 8-0 against the team of Fallon Turner and Riley.
Green said Coleman and Browning played a long match and had some work to do to become more aggressive and controlling the court.
“They worked well in tiebreak situations and really showed a lot of confidence and focus,” Green said. “Grizzle and Dorkins made some different play decisions and worked the net well. They are communicating and moving much better together. Brimer and Koa really dominated from the first point on. They are comfortable and play on each others strengths.”
The Lady Pirates were also dominating in singles while winning all six matches. At No. 1 singles, Coleman defeated Conrad 8-4. At No. 2 singles, Browning won in a tiebreak over Burch 9-8 (2). At No. 3 singles, Grizzle beat McDonnell 8-5. At No. 4 singles, Dorkins won 8-3 over Eccleton. At No. 5 singles, Brimer blanked Emerald Shoop 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Koa upended Turner 8-1.
Green said the Lady Pirates opened up the lead with pretty decisive wins at 5 and 6.
“Both Brimer and Koa played well,” Green said. “Brimer’s experience and confidence really showed as well. Dorkins played the court well, minimized errors and was able to get a good foothold early on in the match to set the pace. Grizzle started really strong, had a brief moment of tension, then relaxed and took control of the court again. Her service game and groundstrokes looked really good.
“Coleman figured out some transition strategy and looked really good. Coleman figured out some transition strategy and began to change the pace of the ball as well as location and it worked well allowing her to really come over the top at 5-4 and put away the match. Browning had a tough battle, but once she got into the tiebreak her confidence and smart play really took hold and carried her through pretty decisively.”
In the JV match, Boonville’s No. 1 singles player Hannah Loesing defeated Emerald Shoop 8-2.
In doubles matches, which pitted Boonville players against each other, Lammers and Green defeated Loesing and Dillon 6-3; Amos and Waller beat Widel and Corbitt 6-0; Kearns and Pannell won 6-4 over Howery and Singleton; and Martin and James prevailed against Green and Schneringer 6-2.