To play Kirksville for title on Wednesday at high school tennis courts
The Boonville Pirates tennis team moved one step closer to its first ever district title by beating the Mexico Bulldogs 5-0 in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 7 tournament Tuesday night in Boonville.
The Pirates, the No. 1 seed in the district, recorded three straight wins in doubles and then won matches at No. 3 and 6 singles for the shutout.
Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said the guys did a really good job of staying focused and knowing when to play defensively and when to change to offense.
Starting with doubles, the No. 1 team of Philip and Joshua Udinyiwe looked to be in peak form by blanking the team of Andrew Whitworth and Ryan Shopher 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, Gio Strickland and Luke Rehagen defeated the team of Ben Hamilton and Andrew Kristofferson by a score of 8-4. Then, to complete the sweep in doubles, the No. 3 team of Gabe Rumbaoa and Kyle Chrisman beat the team of Hayden Foreman
Green said the Udinyiwes looked smooth and in control from the beginning of their doubles match.
“They moved well and hit in the open court for a lot of points,” Green said. “Strickland and Rehagen played a good set up game until they were up 7-2, then made some service errors and had a little trouble getting back into their rhythm until they dropped the two games. That motivated them to play a little more conservatively and they were able to get back to their set up game to finish the match. Rumbaoa and Chrisman played aggressively and smart-moving into the net and putting away points.”
The Pirates also put away points in singles, especially at the No. 5 slot with Rumbaoa winning in straight sets over Kristofferson 6-0, 6-0. Meanwhile, at No. 5 singles, Joshua Udinyiwe also won it two against Foreman 6-1, 6-1.
Green said for singles, because of the matchups, Chrisman went on first and was able to play strongly and efficiently to put Boonville up 4-0.
“Philip and Joshua Udinyiwe went on at the same time and Joshua took the first set quickly,” Green said. “When he dropped a game in the second set his pace slowed a bit and Philip stepped his match up to win his first set. Joshua opened up his pace and consistency at 3-0 and finished nicely in the second set. With his win, the dual was finished. We needed this match to get us focused and in a rhythm for the championship match against Kirksville. We beat them in regular season, but we also know they have some strong players and we need to play really well to achieve that second goal of moving our team on to postseason play.”