The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team so far this season has been feast or fathom.
Such was the case Monday night against School of the Osage as the Lady Pirates took it on the chin by a score of 9-0.
While the loss dropped Boonville to 1-3 overall, head coach Stephanie Green said this was a tough loss but as the season progresses she is seeing growth in strategy and more consistency.
“We knew Osage players were strong and athletic, so keeping up with them in tough points and games was a goal we achieved,” Green said. “Our doubles weren't as communicative as usual and that compounded some of our errors in play. Despite the scores, the games were often multiple break point games and we just didn't convert. Coleman/Browning just made a lot of fundamental errors which cost them points. Grizzle/Dorkins moved well on the court, but their net play wasn't as strong as usual. Brimer/Koa were a little flat and less aggressive than usual, so we know we have to be more on our games in the future and work on strategy and communication.”
In a battle of Tri-County Conference teams, Osage definitely got the better of Boonville in doubles by winning all three matches.
At No. 1 doubles, the team of Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning fell to the team of Eliza Koeppen and Glendenning 8-1.
At No. 2 doubles, the team of Abbie Grizzle and Cidney Dorkins dropped a 8-0 decision against Kylie Misenheimer and Natalie Brick. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Bailey Brimer and Dianna Koa lost to Elise Davis and Zoie Turner 8-3.
In singles, Green said the Lady Pirates played long ground stroke games for the most part.
“Coleman and Browning did a good job of changing the pace of their matches through different strokes,” Green said. “Grizzle battled pretty well with her solid groundstrokes. Dorkins moved on the court well and likes to come into the short court. Brimer made some smart shot selections and playhed much more solidly than the score shows. Koa dug in, dropped a few games and got back into it and fought hard until the end.”
Osage continued its dominance in singles by recording wins in all six matches.
At No. 1 singles, Coleman fell to Koeppen 8-4. At No. 2 singles, Browning lose to Davis 8-2. At No. 3 singles, Grizzle dropped a 8-2 decision against Misenheimer. At No. 4 singles, Dorkins fell to Brick 8-0. At No. 5 singles, Brimer fell to Lillian Davis 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Turner lost to Turner 8-4.
Osage also won the JV match against Boonville 7-1.
The No. 3 doubles team of Amelia Widel and Kali Corbitt was the only winner for Boonville over Corpe and Davis 6-3.
In other matches, Hannah Loesing and Sarah Dillon fell to Koeppen and Glendenning 6-1; Jessica Lammers and Leila Green fell to Kirby and Estrada 6-7 (5); Molly Amos and Rebecca Howery fell to Koeppen and Glendenning 6-3; Ella Kearns and Abigail Pannell fell to Kirby and Estrada 6-2; Hailey James and Kate Schneringer fell to Corpe and Davis 6-2; Martha Waller and Abigail fell to Kirby and Estrada 6-0; and Alexa Martin and Mikaelin fell to Corpe and Davis 6-3.