The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team faced an old familiar face in the way of the Marshall Owls Thursday at the high school tennis courts.
Although the Lady Pirates are no longer in the NCMC, the two teams hooked up for a non-conference match with the Owls recording wins in all nine matches for a 9-0 victory.
The loss dropped Boonville to 1-2 overall.
Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green said there was growth in the players against good opponents.
Starting with doubles, the Lady Pirates got off to a slow start with Marshall winning all three matches to go up 3-0. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning fell to Hannah Pomerenke and Margaret Sherman 8-0. At No. 2 doubles, Abbie Grizzle and and Cidney Dorkins lost to Carlie Aldredge and Katherine Elfrink 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, Bailey Brimer and Dianna Koa fell to the team of Karsyn King and Claudia Cruz 8-5.
“Coleman/Browning got off to a little bit of a slow start, but really played some good points and were beginning to execute tthe things we've worked on in practice,” Green said. “Grizzle/Dorkins also had some good match play, but just couldn't convert on deuce points in the no ad set. Brimer/Koa stayed ahead until 4-3, then dropped a couple of games and had to battle back, but they worked to stay in each point in each game.”
The night didn’t get much better in singles as Marshall won all six matches for the sweep.
At No. 1 singles, Coleman lost to Aldredge 8-2. At No. 2 singles, Browning fell to Pomerenke 8-1. At the No. 3 position, Grizzle dropped a 8-0 decision against Sherman. At the No. 4 slot, Dorkins lost 8-1 to Elfrink. At No. 5 singles, Bailey Brimer fell to King 8-1. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Koa lost to Cruz 8-5.
Green said Coleman learned a lot from playing an aggressive and powerful server.
“Browning played one of her better matches and moved the ball well,” Green said. “She was focused and really working in each point. Grizzle's strokes looked very smooth. She played the ball well. Dorkins had exciting points and really covered the court well despite some foot pain. Brimer showed a lot of growth in strategy tonight as well as hitting the ball more consistently. Koa's service game looked strong again and she continues to develop in strategy, hit a lot of corner shots and moved well on the court. We were super proud of James/Singleton because they really hustled and worked hard on the court and did a lot of exciting things. Of course the loss is disappointing, but the progress is promising.”
In JV action, Marshall recorded wins in seven of the eight matches for a 7-1 victory.
The No. 6 doubles team of Hailey James and Mikaelin Singleton recorded the only win for Boonville by beating Katherine Diaz and Marissa Vestal 8-6.
In other matches, the No. 1 team of Hannah Loesing and Sarah Dillon fell 8-3; No. 2 team of Jessica Lammers and Leila Green fell 8-1; No. 3 team of Amelia Widel and Ella Kearns fell 8-2; No. 4 team of Abigail and Rebecca Howery fell 8-1; No. 5 team of Martha Jo Waller and Hailey James fell 6-1; No. 7 team of Leila Green and Kate Schneringer fell 8-0; and No. 8 team of Alexa Martin and Evalyn Drew 6-2.