The Boonville Pirates tennis team couldn’t have asked for a better pick me up than Monday night’s match on the road against Father Tolton in Columbia.
After dropping their last three matches against Moberly, Fulton and Higginsville, the Pirates came back against the Trailblazers by recording four out of six wins in singles and two out of three in doubles for a 6-3 victory.
The win improved Boonville’s record to 4-6 overall.
“This was a good win as we get ready to go into district play next week,” said Boonville tennis coach Stephanie Green. “It was especially good because all of our jv players also got to play some singles exhibition matches to gain experience.”
Opening up with doubles, the No. 1 team of Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry had little trouble against the team of Zachary Lease and Christopher Cameron while winning 8-2.
However, at No. 2 doubles, the team of Maxwell Jeffrey and Hayden Sleeth prevailed over the team of Will Rehagen and Andrew Pefferman 8-6 to tie the match at 1-all.
Father Tolton never got any closer in the match as the No. 3 team of Aaron Witting and Dalton Pannell won 8-6 over the team of Anthony Alcabasa and Ross Hagan by a score of 8-6.
Green said the doubles teams were a little slow getting started.
“Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry really broke it open at 4-3 and were able to find their game and play strong points to finish out,” Green said. “Will and Andrew also battled through the entire match and really worked to cover the court. They played some long points and just came out a little on the short end of the scoreboard. It was a good, competitive match. It was a good win for Aaron and Dalton as well. They started off a couple of games down but were able to rebound and come back to 3-2 and stayed ahead with a balance of strong net play and baseline set up shots.”
As for singles, Boonville won the first-three matches to secure the team win. At No. 1 singles, junior Josh Chrisman picked up his first win of the season by beating Lease 8-2. Gentry also won his match at No. 2 singles over Cameron in a tiebreaker 9-8 (4). Meanwhile, at No. 3 singles, Rehagen defeated Jeffrey 8-3.
Father Tolton won the next two matches at No. 4 and 5 singles, with Sleeth beating Pefferman 8-3 and Alcabasa knocking off Witting 8-5. Then, to closeout the match at No. 6 singles, Pannell won 8-1 over Hagan.
Green said Chrisman’s performance finally clicked and he was really able to control the court from mid-court. “Quin dug in and had a competitive match with him showing a lot of confidence in the tiebreak and really was able to force errors there. Will played relaxed and confidently and once he broke serve, he started controlling the court by taking some solid shots and making smart selections. Pannell had a stellar match. He was calm and controlled and hit the ball very well all over the court. Andrew and Aaron struggled getting started but stayed within a game at 3-4 and played some great multiple break point games just coming out without the score.”
In JV action, Boonville won only one of three matches against Father Tolton with the No. 2 doubles team of Bartolomeo and Murray prevailing over Triebsch and Schelich 8-4.
In other matches, the team of Greis and Weixeldorfer fell to the team of Powers and Petri 8-1 at the No. 1 position. At No. 3 doubles, Coleman and Watring lost to the team of Vossler and Abad 9-7. Meanwhile, at No. 4 doubles, the team of Brimer and Price dropped a 8-2 decision against Triebsch and Schelich.