The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team got off to a slow start in doubles and never recovered while dropping a 5-1 decision against Moberly Monday night in the opening round of the Class 1 District 15 Tournament in Moberly.
In a No. 4 versus No. 5 seed, head coach Stephanie Green said the girls started off slowly in doubles but played a lot of multiple deuce point games.
Moberly won all three doubles matches and then took the first match in singles to lead the Lady Pirates 4-0.
Boonville’s only win of the night came at No. 6 singles as Dianna Koa won in straight sets over Moberly’s Payton Wandrey 6-1, 6-1.
As for the doubles matches, the No. 1 team of Brooke Coleman and Olivia Browning fell to the team of Molly Greene and Madeline Meystrik 8-1. At No. 2 doubles, the team of Abbie Grizzle and Cydney Dorkins lost to Weseloh and McCall by a score of 8-2. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Bailey Brimer and Kia lost to the team of Powell and Wandrey by a score of 8-3.
“After working on some net play and strategy in practice, we hoped to come out and be able to take control earlier in these matches, but our errors were more than our winners unfortunately,” Green said.
In singles play, Green said Browning was the first player to finish at the No. 2 position and fell in straight sets against Meystrik 6-0, 6-1. Green said Koa then completed her match with a straight set win over Wandrey to make it 4-1. Then, to closeout the team score, Coleman fell to Green at the No. 1 position in straight sets 6-0 and 6-2.
“I thought Dianna played one of the strongest matches she’s had this season and her confidence and solid service game really helped carry her to the win-keeping us from being shutout,” Green said. “We still have individual district tourney this weekend, so the girls have another shot to advance to postseason play.”
In the only other match on Monday, No. 3 Kirksville beat Carrollton 5-0.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with Kirksville playing at No. 2 Chillicothe and Moberly traveling to No. 1 Marshall.
The winners of tonight’s matches will play for the championship on Wednesday, October 3rd starting at 4 p.m.