Drop 5-4 decision against Warrensburg
The Boonville Pirates tennis team was almost perfect on the season.
While going into Tuesday’s match against Warrensburg undefeated during the regular season, the Pirate netters fell on the road against Warrensburg for their first loss by a score of 5-4.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said of course the loss is disappointing, but the performance of the guys was not.
“Each match was a hard fought battle and they stepped up to the challenge,” Green said.
The Pirates, 9-1 on the season, definitely had their chances against Warrensburg while tied at one time in the match at 3-all. However, in the final three singles matches, the Tigers took two out of three against Boonville for the win.
Boonville also trailed after doubles as Warrensburg recorded wins in two out of three matches.
Boonville opened the match with a 8-6 win at the No. 1 position with Francesco Bona and Luke Rehagen winning over Sung Chlo and Cory Conley. However in the next two matches, Warrensburg came back with wins as the No. 2 team of Joshua Banks and Joshua Terrell beat Kyle Chrisman and Gabe Rumnbaoa 8-6. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Brock Hepler and Jacob Christopher won 8-5 over Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry.
Green said Bona and Rehagen played the strongest doubles team they’ve seen so far this season and their cohesiveness showed as they battled through each point against good players.
“Both played singles the same way and their court savvy showed,” Green said. “All of these matches were multiple break point games and exciting to watch. Chrisman dropped a couple of games midmatch that swung the momentum, but he made a three game comeback with his athleticism. Gentry really controlled the pace of the game and made minimal errors. We still like the looks of our doubles team and we needed to play this tough match to get ready for conference and district play.”
Down 2-1 after doubles, the Pirates picked up a win at No. 1 singles with Bona beating Cho 9-7. However, at No. 2 singles, Kyle Chrisman fell to Conley 8-3. Then, to tie the match again at 3-all, Luke Rehagen won 8-4 over Banks. Boonville never got any closer in the match as Terrell upended Rumbaoa 8-4 at the No. 4 position and Hepler beat Josh Chrisman 8-6 at the No. 5 slot. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Gentry won 8-3 over Christopher.
In the JV match, Warrensburg record win in all six matches.
In singles, Carter Widel fell 6-4 while Dalton Pannell lost 6-3. Meanwhile, in doubles, the No. 1 and 2 doubles team of Will Rehagen and Andrew Pefferman and Landon Weaver and Lucas Ziegelbein fell by the identical scores of 6-4. At No. 3 doubles, Aaron Witting and Dalton Pannell lost in a tiebreak 7-6 while the team of Andrew Matteson and Nick Weixeldorfer fell by a score of 6-3.
Pirate netters win 9-0 in home finale
If honoring the seniors and their parents wasn’t enough Monday in the home finale against Father Tolton, the Boonville Pirates tennis team also picked up the shutout by recording wins in all nine matches.
But better yet, the Pirates also improved to 9-0 on the season with just one match remaining.
Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said capping off Senior-Parent Night with good matches and a solid win was definitely what they needed heading into conference tourney on Friday and district play next week.
Opening up with doubles on a warm day with a slight breeze, the Pirate netters were forced to make adjustments due to the wind.
But even that didn’t stop Boonville from sweeping all three matches in doubles. At the No. 1 position, Francesco Bona and Luke Rehagen won 8-3 over Chase Jeffrey and Peyton Kiesling. At No. 2 doubles, Kyle Chrisman and Gabe Rumbaoa defeated the team of Cole Hedrick and Thomas Mengisteab 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry beat the team of Sam Gonzales and Max Jeffrey 8-1.
The Pirates also dominated in singles with only one matching going 8-6. The rest were either 8-0 or 8-1.
At No. 1 singles, Bona blanked Chase Jeffrey 8-0. At No. 2 singles, Kyle Chrisman defeated Kiesling 8-1. At No. 3 singles, Luke Rehagen won 8-1 over Hedrick. At No. 4 singles, Rumbaoa upended Mengiesteab 8-6. At No. 5 singles, Josh Chrisman prevailed over Gonzales 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Gentry defeated Max Jeffrey 8-1.
Green said Bona’s service game got increasingly better through the matches and he’s come a long way in reducing his faults.
Boonville’s JV also won four out of five matches against Father Tolton.
Recording wins for the Pirates were Will Rehagen and Andrew Pefferman 8-5; Landon Weaver and Lucas Ziegelbein 8-1; Aaron Witting and Dalton Pannell 8-6; and Carter Widel and Nick Weixeldorfer 8-2. In the only other match, Andrew Matteson fell by a score of 9-7.