The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team will move on to the semifinal round of the team portion of the Class 1 District 8 Tournament after beating the Carrollton Trojans last night by a score of 5-1.
The Lady Pirates, the No. 4 seed, will take on top-seeded Marshall today in Marshall starting at 4:30 p.m. In other matches last night, Columbia Independent forfeited to No. 3 Moberly. Moberly will travel to Kirksville, the No. 2 seed, today for a semifinal match starting at 4:30.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said this was a great win in round 1 of team districts.
“Our girls have really stepped up into these higher positions and played well while gaining valuable playing experience,” Green said. “Cook has solidly played at the number one spot and has developed good strategy and placement. Richerson struggled with the first set, but came on strong when she focused and started playing a more aggressive style. She played the second and third sets much more confidently and pulled out the wins. Gerlach successfully stepped into the number 3 spot with Stewart out with a knee injury. She played her game at her level and put the match away quickly. Esser at the number 4 spot made short work of two sets and really hit the ball well. Kraus got more comfortable playing the singles court as did Williams. Williams hit the ball well and gained a lot of experience. The quick doubles win for Gerlach and Esser showcased their strength and confidence and allowed us to put the win away.”
The Lady Pirates definitely had a great start last night against Carrollton by recording wins in four out of five singles matches.
At No. 1 singles, Amanda Cook defeated Lucie Callicotte 6-1, 6-4. At No. 2 singles, Missy Richerson rallied after losing the first set 6-2 to beat Mady Fry in two straight sets by the scores of 6-2 and 6-2. At No. 3 singles, sophomore Kelsey Gerlach defeated Sierra Payne in straight sets 6-2 and 6-0. Meanwhile, at No 4 singles, Carley Esser beat Shelby Persinger in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1. In the other singles match, Megan Kraus fell to Allison Miller 6-2 and 6-3.
In doubles, the No. 2 team of Gerlach and Esser defeated the team of Payne and Persinger in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.