The Boonville Pirates tennis team picked up its second win ever against the Marshall Owls Tuesday night in the season opener 11-1.
The Pirates, 1-0 overall and in the conference, recorded six straight wins in singles play and then picked up victories in five out of six doubles matches.
Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said winning 11-1 in the opener against a traditionally tough NCMC team is certainly a good way to start the season.
“Our doubles teams looked pretty solid,” Green said. “Bona, Luke Rehagen really played smart tennis. K.Chrisman/Rumbaoa looked powerful and tough once they got back in a rhythm. J.Chrisman/Gentry capitalized on the success they had last season by being smart and aggressive with the ball. W.Rehagen/Pefferman used the court and worked their angles. Witting/Matteson, playing for the first time together figured it out pretty quickly and were smart and competitive. Weaver/Ziegelbein had a good lead, then got a little tense and made a series of errors they couldn't seem to bounce back from, but that will come with experience.”
The Pirates never let off the pedal after starting the match with four straight wins in doubles.
Of course it all started with a impressive showing from the No. 1 team of Francesco Bona and Luke Rehagen, who won easily over Zach Baker and Kolton King 10-2.
The Pirates never looked back from that point on, with the No. 2 team of Kyle Chrisman and Gabe Rumbaoa prevailing over Luke Miles and Jerome Likorio-Alex 10-0. At No. 3 doubles, Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry won 10-0 over Brayden Chumpraphai and Christian Clair. At No. 4 doubles, Will Rehagen and Andrew Pefferman defeated Eathan Sappington and Clayton Shroyer 10-1. At No. 5 doubles for Marshall’s only win of the match, the team of Sergio Ruiz and Trevor Borgman beat the team of Landon Weaver and Lucas Ziegelbein 10-8. Meanwhile, at No. 6 doubles, Aaron Witting and Andrew Matteson upended Norberto Aguirre and Nickolas Medrano 10-4.
The Pirates were just as dominating in singles with six straight wins, four by a score of 10-0.
Bona, Kyle Chrisman, Rumbaoa and Gentry all won their matches by a score of 10-0 at the No. 1, 2, 4 and 6 positions, respectively. At No. 3 singles, Luke Rehagen defeated Luke Miles 10-2. Meanwhile at No. 5 singles, Josh Chrisman beat Brayden Chumpraphai 10-3.
Green said singles went quickly with only L. Rehagen and J. Chrisman struggling with some pace of play and consistency, but they both broke open at 5-2 and were able to close strong.
“Bona kept his level of play high and made very few errors,” Green said. “K. Chrisman continued to work on his aggressive net game and put a lot of points away there. Rumbaoa's serve got more consistent and his confidence was evident through the match. Gentry hit good strokes and played the court well. Overall, despite the weather keeping us off the courts since last Thursday, we were a little rusty but adapted well and felt better with some play against opponents other than ourselves.”
In the only JV match, Carter Widel and Andrew Matteson won 8-5 over Clayton Shroyer and Noberto Aguirre.