The Boonville Pirates tennis team had one of those nights while hosting the Moberly Spartans Tuesday night at the high school tennis courts.
While winning back to back matches last week against Sacred Heart and Columbia Independent, the Pirates had hopes of making it three straight against Moberly.
Unfortunately for Boonville, Moberly had other ideas while recording wins in all six singles matches and all three doubles matches for a 9-0 victory.
“This was certainly not one of our better performances,” said Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green. “We started slowly in doubles and couldn’t seem to execute on a consistent basis. Chrisman and Gentry were able to close an early gap by getting their service games more consistent and playing a more aggressive game. Rehagen and Pefferman had a tight middle of the match and errors just got the best of them. Kaiser and Greis really made some good strides in bettering their game and were able to keep it close throughout. Pannell fought hard in singles and played excellent points throughout his singles match. We have areas of improvement to make over the next week before we play again and we know we have to build some consistency and a quicker start going into the match.”
If a quicker start is what Coach Green is looking for in doubles, the Pirates looked to be stuck in the mud after dropping all three matches. At No. 1 doubles, the team of Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry fell to the team of Carson Caddell and Alex Fincher 8-6. The No. 2 doubles team of Will Rehagen and Andrew Pefferman also dropped a 8-4 decision against the team of Matthew Zauke and Nick Faiella. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Aaron Witting and Dalton Pannell lost to the team of Matthew Marek and Carl Thomas 8-1.
The Spartans also dominated Boonville in singles by winning three of the six matches by a 8-0 score. Two of those matches came at No. 1 and 2 singles, as Chrisman fell to Caddell and Gentry lost to Fincher. At No. 3 singles, Rehagen fell to Zauke 8-2. At No. 4 singles, Pefferman lost to Faiella 8-0. At No. 5 singles, Witting dropped a 8-1 decision against Marek. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Pannell fell in a tiebreak against Thomas 8-8 (7-5).
Moberly also won the JV match against Boonville 3-1. The only winner for the Pirates was at No. 1 singles as Emanuel Bartolomeo defeated Cody Nott-Hopkins 6-1.
In other matches, Gabe Greis lost to Jarod Cole 6-3 at No. 2 singles while Chase Murray fell to Keegan Steward by a score of 6-3 at No. 3 singles. In the only doubles match, the No. 1 team of Tucker Kaiser and Gabe Greis fell to the team of Jard Cole and Keegan Steward 9-7.