After a rough start to the 2017 season with a 11-1 loss to Mexico on Tuesday, the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team bounced back with a convincing 7-2 victory on the road Wednesday against the Carrollton Trojans.
While the win evening the Lady Pirates record to 1-1 overall, head coach Stephanie Green said the team needed this win to boost their confidence and it was good to see the ladies performing more solidly and with more consistency than the night before.
“We’re making strides each day,” Green said.
Boonville also went from night to day in singles. After dropping all six singles matches the day before, the Lady Pirates recorded wins in five out of the six matches on Wednesday.
Senior Erin Kearns opened the match with a 8-0 win over Haley Briddle. Then, after Carrollton recorded its only win in singles at the No. 2 slot with Cierra Sweeney beating Abbie Grizzle 8-4, Boonville came back to win the next-four matches. At No. 3 singles, Kamryn Rice defeated Sara Bailey 9-7. At No. 4 singles, Brooke Coleman blanked Sophia Duff 8-0. At No. 5 singles, Olivia Browning upended Kaylee Hall 8-1. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Bayli Collins won 8-4 over Mekayla Benn.
“Kearns was much more controlled and patient which was our goal for her,” Green said. “Grizzle struggled to put it all together but did a good job at making adjustments throughout the match to her service game and court movement. Rice really stepped up and showed the skill she showed in evaluations to pull off the win. Coleman continues to develop and get more accurate, more skilled each day. Browning had a more consistent day in singles and doubles and really stayed more focused. Once Collins got her head into her game and strokes, she hit the ball well and controlled the court nicely.”
Boonville also won two out of three doubles matches against Carrollton. Although the Lady Trojans won the first match with Briddle and Sweeney prevailing over Kearns and Grizzle 8-5, Boonville took the next-two matches. At No. 2 doubles, Coleman and Browning defeated Bailey and Duff 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Rice and Collins won by the same identical score over Hall and Benn.
“I thought we looked better in doubles than the night before, but we are still looking at combinations to strengthen the players as well as the team,” Green said.
In JV action, Boonville recorded wins in all four matches.  
In singles, Cydney Dorkins defeated Sophia Mendoza 6-0; Dianna Koa won 6-0 over Bayleigh Medlock; and Bailey Brimer won 6-0 over Destini Jefferson. In doubles, the team of Danielle Dillon and Kyleigh Skoufos beat the team of Mendoza and Jefferson 6-0.