The Boonville Pirates tennis team have had better days.
In a match with former conference rival Moberly on Tuesday, the Pirates tennis team recorded just one win in nine matches in a 8-1 loss.
Boonville’s No. 6 singles player Dalton Pannell recorded the only win in the match for the Pirates by beating Jarod Code 10-8.
The Spartans, meanwhile, recorded wins in five out of the six singles matches and all three doubles matches for the win.
“Dalton kept us from being shut out by coming back from a couple of game deficit to take the strong ending,” said Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green.  “Moberly's strength in the top three was tough. Our doubles really didn't play at the levels we had hoped, but Witting/Pannell had a good come back, just a little too late in the match,” Green said. “In singles, Chrisman was up and just couldn't overcome some unforced errors to close out the match. Gentry faced a district finalist opponent from last year and played some really good points with him. Rehagen had many moments of brilliance with his transition and service game as well.
“Pefferman came on much stronger toward the end of his match and was more consistent after getting over some early match errors. Witting had some really tough points and played through with his athleticism. We are striving toward experience and consistency and know we have work to do to play our games and to control the court. This was a good opportunity for us to see district opponents and make adjustments so the next time we see them, we will have stronger strategies.”
In other singles matches for Boonville, Josh Chrisman fell to Carson Caddell 10-6 at the No. 1 spot. At No. 2 singles, Quin Gentry lost to Alex Fincher 10-2. At No. 3 singles, Will Rehagen was upended by Matthew Zauke 10-5. At No. 4 singles, Andrew Pefferman was ousted by Nick Faiella 10-2. Meanwhile at No. 5 singles, Aaron Witting lost to Carl Alexander Thomas 10-3.
In doubles, the team of Chrisman and Gentry lost to the team of Caddell and Fincher 10-3 at the No. 1 slot. At No. 2 doubles, the team of Rehagen and Pefferman fell to the team of Zauke and Faiella 10-2. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Witting and Pannell dropped a 10-6 decision against the team of Thomas and Cole.
In JV singles, Moberly won both matches with Keegan Steward beating Tucker Kaiser and Gabe Greis by the scores of 6-2 and 6-5, respectively.