Boonville’s No. 5 singles player Luke Rehagen couldn’t have asked for a better outing on Saturday while competing in the NCMC Tournament at Hannibal.
After beating sixth-seeded Larry Dye in the opening round of the tournament by a score of 10-5, Rehagen came back and knocked off No. 2 seed Alex Redding of Moberly 10-8. Of course that only left top-seeded Nick Lueck of Marshall between Rehagen and the NCMC title at the No. 5 spot. As it turned out, Rehagen fell in a tight match by a score of 10-6 to finish second despite being seeded third going into the tournament.
In the final-team standings, Marshall captured first with 58 points. Hannibal finished second with 48 points, followed by Kirksville with 41, Boonville with 31, Mexico with 27, Fulton with 25 and Moberly with 22.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said overall the tournament played out pretty competitively.
“Even though Marshall won the championship, there were not really any run away matches,” Green said. “Of course that lengthened the day, but it’s good to play competitively going into district play this week. We had good positioning in seeding at a lot of spots. Unfortunately for our number one seeds at 4 and 6, not playing until 3:45 or 4:00 in the afternoon certainly hurt their momentum and rhythm. Rehagen playing the finals was a good way to end the day. He played hard in semifinals - coming back from a 1-7 deficit to win that and advance. He was tired by the final but he still played really tough points and maximum effort against the #1 seeded player.
“Vivas and Burns both turned up their competitive levels in their third place matches/ We could see it the minute they chose to win those matches and they executed more solidly and played much smarter points. For our first year guys going into their first conference tourney, they performed well. They certainly added their share to the team score and fought a lot of close matches.”
The Pirates also had two third-place finishers in the tournament, with seniors Cristian Vivas and Christian Burns both going 1-1 at the No. 4 and 6 singles positions, respectively.
The No. 1 doubles team of Jordan Weaver and Gabe Rumbaoa finished fourth overall at 1-2. The No. 2 doubles team of Morgan Browning and Tyler Polk also placed fifth at 1-1, as did No. 2 singles player Joshua Udinyiwe, who was 2-1 in the tournament.
Sixth place finishers were No. 3 singles player Gio Strickland and the No. 3 doubles team of Noah Kelley and Christian Kosnopfal.
Boonville’s No. 1 singles player Philip Udinyiwe, meanwhile, placed seventh overall.
The Boonville Pirates tennis team will compete in the team districts on Monday, May 9th at the high school tennis courts starting at 4:30 p.m. If the Pirates win the match against Lexington, they will move on to the next round on Tuesday, May 10th against Lafayette County starting at 4:30 p.m.
Odessa will host Wentworth Military Academy in the other first-round match on Monday. The winner will face top-seeded Marshall on Tuesday in Marshall starting at 4 p.m.