“We played more competitively tonight and had a lot of leads but failed to convert them to win,” said Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green on Tuesday’s 7-2 loss against the Higginsville Huskers.
With both wins for the Lady Pirates coming in singles, Higginsville pretty much dominated the rest of the night by recording wins in four out of the six singles matches and all three doubles matches.
Green said doubles continues to plague the Lady Pirates with less  communication and not seeing the open court as well as they should.
“We had close and tough points, but just made too many mistakes across the board,” Green said. “We typically thrive in pressure point situations because we practice them so much and we will step up our practice strategy to include more of those situations and get better at them. It is nice to be back in a normal cycle of consistent daily play and practice without the weather breaks we've had so far this season.”
No complaints on Tuesday with the weather, especially from No. 2 singles player Olivia Browning and No. 6 singles player Dianna Koa. Browning improved to 3-2 on the season by beating Higginsville’s Lorelai Buford 9-7. As for Koa, she won 8-6 over Kylee Franklin.
In other singles matches, Brooke Coleman fell at the No. 1 spot against Lydia Grumke 8-2. At No. 3 singles, Abbie Grizzle lost to Catherine Strathman 8-6. At No. 4 singles, Cidney Dorkins dropped a 8-6 decision against Maia Nikkel. Meanwhile, at No. 5 singles, Bailey Brimer lost to Jordyn Howard in a tiebreak 9-8 (2).
Higginsville also won all three matches in doubles. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Coleman and Browning lost to Grumke and Buford 8-4. At No. 2 doubles, Grizzle and Dorkins fell to Strathman and Howard 8-6. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, Brimer and Koa dropped a 8-5 decision against Nikkel and Frank.
In JV action, Boonville defeated Higginsville 3-2.
Recording wins for the Lady Pirates was Danielle Dillon over Cordella Morgan 4-1 in singles, the No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Loesing and Dillon over Inlow and Morgan 7-6 (15-13) and the No. 2 doubles team of Lammers and Green over Hill and Phillips 6-2. At No. 3 doubles, the team of Widel and Corbitt lost to Hill and Phillips 8-6.