The Boonville No. 1 doubles team of Francesco Bona and Luke Rehagen made history long before their opening match at state last Friday at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
As the only tennis players to qualify for state as a member of the Boonville boys tennis team, Bona and Rehagen finished tournament play with a record of 1-2 to finish the season at 16-4 overall.
Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said for the first individual state experience, she considers it successful-making it into three matches against three of the 16 best doubles teams in Class 1 is a great accomplishment.
“Having so many supporters made this even more meaningful for all of our guys,” Green said. “The work of the last three or four years certainly showed in the confidence and strong level of play of both Bona/Rehagen and our entire state qualifying team,” Green said.
Whether it was first game jitters for being at state for the first time, Green said Bona and Rehagen were a little slow starting against Bolivar on the indoor courts, but those games were still very competitive.
Bona and Rehagen fell in the opening round against William vanHoornbeek and Chris Holt of Bolivar in straight sets 6-3 and 6-2.
“Through each of the three matches, the guys made adjustments, found their styles, pushed their opponents to multiple deuce games in each set, and ended their season with an impressive 16-4 record,” Green said.
Of course Bona and Rehagen didn’t come home empty-handed. While dropping down to consolation, the duo came back and beat the team of Eric Hahn and Nate Gargas of Dexter in three sets 1-6, 6-1 and 6-4.
Green said once they opened up the match in the second set against Dexter, they really found their style and were strong and confident going into the third.
Unfortunately for Bona and Rehagen, they fell in the consolation quarterfinals against Peter Kempf and Chance Hermelink of Springfield Catholic in two straight sets 6-3 and 7-6 (5).
Green said the match against Dexter carried over against Springfield Catholic, who they ended up playing indoors because of the weather.
John Burroughs, who walked through districts, sectionals and quarterfinals, beat Springfield Catholic for the team title 5-0. Pembroke Hill won the third place match against Clayton 5-0.
In Class 2, Lindbergh defeated Parkway Central for the title 5-0. In the third place match, Rock Bridge won 5-1 against Rockhurst.