The Boonville Pirates tennis team looked at the bright side of 8-1 loss against the Fulton Hornets Monday at the high school tennis courts.
With both the No. 1 and 2 tennis players missing from the lineup due to other obligations, head coach Stephanie Green said this match was a good chance for the other players to gain experience against tough competition.
“I thought the boys performed relatively well and played some good games,” Green said. “Even if the score doesn’t indicate it in a lot of matches, this was competitive. Starting the match down 3-0 after doubles, we knew it would take a lot to pull off a win. Typically Fulton’s singles players are strong and know how to use the court to their advantage. We struggled with consistency against some very aggressive styles of play and couldn’t quite get into our own games.
“Gabe Greis kept us out of a shut out with an excellent performance and really showed a lot of grit when he was wearing down. Dalton Pannell fought against excellent performance and really showed a lot of grit when he was wearing down. Pannell fought against being a game down almost the whole match and pulled off some really good point wins. Tucker Kaiser showed promise with his strokes and his growth and competitiveness kept the match closer than the score indicates.”
Although the loss dropped Boonville to 3-5 on the season, Greis won his first career varsity match by beating Fulton’s Shane Edwards at the No. 6 singles position 8-6.
The Pirates, however, weren’t so lucky in the rest of the singles matches while dropping the next five. At No. 1 singles, Will Rehagen fell to Aiden Petterson 8-0. At No. 2 singles, Andrew Pefferman lost to John Adams 8-1. At No. 3 singles, Aaron Witting dropped a 8-2 decision against Garrett Johnson. At No. 4 singles, Dalton Pannell was defeated by Trenton Dunn 9-7. Meanwhile, at No. 5 singles, Tucker Kaiser lost to Lane Masters 8-4.
Fulton also won all three doubles matches, with the No. 1 team of Peterson and Adams blanking Rehagen and Pefferman 8-0. At No. 2 doubles, the team of Witting and Pannell fell to the team of Johnson and Dunn 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, the team of Kaiser and Greis lost to the team of Masters and Edwards 8-4.
In JV action, Nick Weixeldorfer defeated Isaac Paup 8-0 while Zane Watring won 8-2 over Paup.