After finishing the team portion of the Class 1 District 13 Tournament earlier in the week at Lexington, the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team closed out the fall season Saturday in individual play at Odessa.
While playing two singles and two doubles matches, the Lady Pirates had two of the four advance on to the second round before ending their season.
Boonville Lady Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said she was very pleased with the ladies' efforts to put into play all they have worked on in practice over the last week.
“They really did their best to execute more consistent service games, net play and strategy for specific sitations,” Green said. Kamryn Rice played excellent matches and even against a tough Marshall opponent, was able to move her, score points and really hit some good strokes as well as have a match against a pleasant opponent. Bayli Collins fought hard in the first set match to come back after being down 2-5 and push the first set to a tiebreak. The games were all close and unfortunately didn't end with Bayli getting those last points.
“Erin Kearns/Abbie Grizzle were very confident and tough in the first round. They moved well, hit open court, and their strokes were consistent. With a different pace of game in the second round, the ladies played some really well executed points, pushed through the second set with ease, but didn't quite keep that momentum. Now we just have to work on holding onto and growing into that level of play with the younger players before next season.”
At No. 1 singles, Rice beat Carrollton’s No. 2 player 6-4, 6-3 but then lost to Marshall’s No. 2 player in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Collins fell to Higginsville’s No. 1 player 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.
In doubles, the No. 1 team of Kearns and Grizzle won 6-1, 6-1 over Lexington’s No. 1 player but then fell to Higginsville’s No. team in three sets 3-6, 6-2 and 3-6. Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, the team of Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning fell in three sets against Lexington’s No. 1 team 7-5, 4-6 and 4-6.