The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team finished third in the annual Lady Pirate Open Saturday at the high school tennis courts.
While battling the sweltering heat, which reached over 90 throughout the day, head coach Stephanie Green said the day still ran smoothly and gave her a chance to start pinpointing areas of improvement.
“This is a good time to be able to do that early in the season, so we will be able to strengthen out strategies, our footwork and fundamentals and improve some service games,” Green said. “The ladies played with confidence and endurance through the day. Overall they played competitive matches and showed that experience they gained last year. Coleman/Browning had really close matches through the day and just need some experience and adjustments to build up their game.
“Brimer/Koa were solid in their play and with some more court time together, they will be successful this season. Grizzle has such great form and really worked on her transition game to be more versatile today. Dorkins had some great matches and her instincts on the court were good today. We're proud of the successes and growth on the courts today and are ready to be competing regularly. It's time to play, not just practice.”
In the final team standings, Moberly finished first in the tournament at 5-0. Osage placed second at 4-1, followed by Boonville at 3-2, Fulton at 2-3, Father Tolton at 1-4 and Lexington at 0-5.
The No. 1 doubles team of Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning had the best place finish for the Lady Pirates, finishing second overall with a record of 3-2.
The No. 1 team of McKenzie Weseloh and Morgan McCall placed first at No. 1 doubles with a record of 5-0.
Coleman and Browning won matches against Father Tolton 8-0, Lexington 8-4 and Fulton 6-3 and fell against Moberly 8-4 and Osage 6-4.
The No. 2 doubles team of Bailey Brimer and Dianna Koa, meanwhile, finished third overall with a record of 3-2.
Lily Davis and Zoie Turner of Osage finished first at No. 2 doubles with a record of 5-0.
As for Brimer and Koa, the duo beat Father Tolton 8-2, Lexington 8-1 and Fulton 6-3 and lost matches against Moberly 8-2 and Osage 6-2.
In singles play, No. 1 player Abbie Grizzle finished fifth on the day with a record of 1-4.
Molly Greene of Moberly captured first with a record of 5-0.
Eliza Koeppen finished second at 4-1, followed by Grace Hurt of Fulton at 3-2, Christa Howard of Father Tolton at 2-3, Grizzle a 1-4 and Aubrie Derleth of Lexington at 0-5.
At No. 2 singles, Cidney Dorkins finished second overall with a record of 3-2.
Madeline Meystrik of Moberly captured first with a record of 4-1.
Dorkins, meanwhile, finished second at 3-2, followed by Elise Davis of Osage, Becca Noel of Fulton and Caroline Neuner of Father Tolton.
Dorkins won two matches by forfeit and defeated Fulton 6-2. Her two losses came against Moberly 8-1 and Osage 6-0.
In team play, Boonville defeated both Father Tolton and Fulton 3-1 and Lexington 4-0. However, in the two losses, the Lady Pirates fell to both Moberly and Osage 4-0.
Boonville’s tennis team will travel to Mexico on Tuesday, August 28th for a non-conference match starting at 4 p.m.