The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team fell to what is now an old conference foe Monday night in the season opener against the Mexico Bulldogs.
While moving to the Tri-County Conference this season, which doesn’t have tennis for a conference sport, the Lady Pirates are left to play teams like Mexico to fill out the 2018 schedule.
As it turned out, the Lady Bulldogs wound up recording wins in  four of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches for a 6-3 victory.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said the girls had good competitive matches against Mexico.
“It was beneficial for Coleman to play against a solid player with experience at the one spot,” Green said. “Browning finally found focus in singles and was able to hit some really solid balls to put away the tiebreak. Brimer/Koa in doubles looked much improved and their communication and good court management kicked in after the second game. Koa dominated with her service game and accurate placement. Grizzle improved her transition game and hit the ball pretty well. She played tough points and moved the ball. Dorkins had solid strokes but just got caught in transition and it caused her to make some errors. Of course we wanted to start the season with a win but we’re very grateful for the opportunity.”
With only three wins on the night, Boonville trailed Mexico 4-2 after singles play with No. 2 player Olivia Browning winning in a tiebreak over Elayna Samm 9-8 (7-5). No. 6 singles player Dianna Koa also won her match against Makayla Cash 8-3.
Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they trailed Mexico 4-2 after singles play with Brooke Coleman losing her match at the No. 1 position to Grace Wortmann 8-0. At No. 3 singles, Abbie Grizzle fell to Jennifer Jacobi 8-3. At No. 4 singles, Cidney Dorkins fell to Hannah Michelle Rodgers 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 5 singles, Bailey Brimer lost to Lexi Winterbower 8-0.
Mexico also dominated in doubles, winning both the No. 1 and 2 positions to secure the team win. At No. 1 doubles, Wortmann and Jacobi defeated Coleman and Browning 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, Samm and Rodgers beat Grizzle and Dorkins 8-5.
Recording the only win in doubles for Boonville was the No. 3 team of Brimer and Koa over Winterbower and Cash 8-5.
In the JV match, Mexico won eight out of nine matches against Boonville for a 8-1 victory.
The No. 2 doubles team of Jessica Lammers and Leila Green won the only match for Boonville against Riportella and Crow 9-7.
In other matches, the No. 1 team of Hannah Loesing and Sarah Dillon lost 8-2; No. 3 team of Amelia Widel and Kali Corbitt lost 8-2; No. 4 team of Molly Amos and Martha Waller lost 8-0; No. 5 team of Rebecca Howery and Hailey James lost 6-0; No. 6 team of Ella Kearns and Abigail Pannell lost 6-4; No. 7 team of Leila Green and Kate Schneringer lost 6-0; No. 8 team of Alexa Martin and Mikaelin Singleton lost 7-6 (7-4); and the No. 9 team of Evalyn Drew and Martha Waller lost 6-1.