After inching over the .500 mark for the season last week in a 9-0 win over Sedalia Sacred Heart, the Boonville Pirates tennis team also took first in the annual Pirate Open over the weekend at the high school tennis courts.
So with a three-match winning streak going into Monday’s match against the Higginsville Huskers, the Pirates felt they were ready to challenge the Huskers and keep the streak alive.
As it turned out, Higginsville put a damper on Senior-Parents Night by recording wins in all six singles matches and all three doubles matches for a 9-0 victory.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 4-4 on the season, head coach Stephanie Green said although the loss is disappointing, they knew going in that Higginsville would be competitive and tough.
“Returning a state qualifier at No. 1 was definitely a challenge and Green played some tough points, but just couldn’t stay consistent enough to pull out the win. Humphrey-Martin fell a game behind at 5-6 and just didn’t make up the difference despite playing some really good angles and keeping a lot of balls in play that would have been winning shots on any other day.  Our doubles looked a little stronger, but against athletic net play, we struggled, however, playing with ad which is not something we do very often gave our players some different perspective since they went to multiple break points in many of the doubles game and in a lot of our singles matches as well.
“It was still a good match to get us prepared for the two final conference duals and four tough tournaments. Our JV again looked promising with Strickland winning the first singles match he’s played this year and having a heartbreaking doubles loss with Wilkinson. The Udinyiwes continue to improve and are quite a force as a doubles team. They were very solid. McNeal played good points, had some excellent shots and worked hard to adjust to the wind causing him a little serving trouble. For the first time playing together, Engle/Ruffolo played some good points and covered the court well.”
It was definitely a long night for the Pirates, who recorded only six wins or more in only one singles match.
At No. 1 singles, senior Nathan Green fell to Kyle Taylor 8-0. At No. 2 singles, Jake McQuitty lost to Matt Gibson 8-3. At No. 3 singles, Noah Lammers was defeated by Elijah Rhoad 8-2. At No. 4 singles, Asher Humphrey-Martin dropped a 8-6 decision against Kyle Holcomb. At No. 5 singles, Braden Adams fell to Hank Beam 8-1. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Cristian Vivas lost to Spencer Cooper 8-0.
Unfortunately for Boonville, it didn’t get any better in doubles as the No. 1 team of Green and McQuitty lost to Taylor and Gibson 8-3. At No. 2 doubles, Lammers and Adams fell to Rhoad and Holcomb by the same identical score of 8-3. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, Humphrey-Martin and Vivas dropped a 8-0 decision against Beam and Cooper.
In JV singles, Giovanni Strickland won 6-4 over Conner Lamphier at the No. 1 slot. Meanwhile, at No. 2 singles, Brett McNeal lost to Eli Dryer 6-2.
In JV doubles, the team of Joshua and Philip Udinyiwe defeated the team of Lamphier and Eli Dryer 6-1. At No 2 doubles, Strickland and Wilkinson lost to the team of Martin and Evan Dryer 7-5. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, Will Engle and Zac Ruffolo was defeated by the team of Evan Dryer and Loney 6-3.