The Boonville Pirates tennis team couldn’t have been sitting any prettier after doubles play Monday night in the team portion of the Class 1 District 7 Tournament at Mexico.
After sweeping the Bulldogs in all three doubles matches, the Pirates just had to win two more matches to record the victory. But in a different turn of events, Mexico won all five singles matches to beat Boonville 5-3.
The loss dropped Boonville to 4-7 on the season. However the good news is that the Pirate netters still have a chance to advance to state in the individual portion of the district tournament this coming Saturday at Mexico.
Boonville Pirates tennis coach Stephanie Green said it was a disappointing loss after being up 3-0 going into singles.
“The guys fought hard and played good sets, but just couldn't come out on the winning end,” Green said. “Doubles was solid and much more gelled, so they are peaking at a good time with individual district on Saturday. Rehagen and Pefferman really showed a lot of fortitude and confidence in the winning tie break. Once Chrisman and Gentry started controlling the court, they opened the match up at a good time. Witting and Pannell also played with determination and perseverance in doubles. We just didn't quite make the shift to a singles mind set and even with the close match with Chrisman, we couldn't keep the momentum going after doubles.”
The momentum was definitely there after the three doubles matches. The No. 1 team of Josh Chrisman and Quin Gentry got it going in the right direction for Boonville by beating the team of Kaleb Mason and Casey Hamilton 8-5. Meanwhile, at No. 2 doubles, the team of Will Rehagen and Andrew Pefferman defeated the team of Muhammad Waheed and Ryan Pemberton in a tiebreak 9-8 (3). Then, to put the Pirates up 3-0, the No. 3 team of Aaron Witting and Dalton Pannell won 8-6 over the team of Randy Hernandez and Hayden Fraser.
As for the singles matches, that’s a different story as Mexico swept Boonville in five matches.
At the No. 1 position, Chrisman won the first set against Mason 6-3 but then dropped the next two by the scores of 6-4 and 7-5.
That win by Mason started a snowball effect as the Bulldogs took the No. 3 position as well, with Pemberton beating Rehagen in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Meanwhile, at the No. 4 position, Hamilton won in straight sets against Pefferman 6-0, 6-0. At No. 5 singles, Hernandez defeated Witting in two straight 6-0, 6-1. Then, at No. 6 singles, Fraser upended Pannell in two by the scores of 6-3, 6-2.
Since the Bulldogs had already won the match after No. 6 singles, Quin Gentry’s match at No. 2 singles was not recorded.