If not braving the elements weren’t bad enough Saturday during the individual portion of the district tennis tournament at Warrensburg, the Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team also had to battle their opponents in the 40 degree weather.
With the team portion of the district tournament wrapping up last week, the Lady Pirates had one last chance to advance on to the postseason. Unfortunately for Boonville, they had their season come to an end by losing in the second round of the tournament.
Boonville tennis coach Melissa Harvey said individual districts was a cold one with temperatures in the 40s. “The girls had on multiple layers to stay warm but never complained that it was too cold,” Harvey said. “Instead, they went to the courts with great attitudes.”
In singles play for the Lady Pirates, No. 1 player Abbie Grizzle had a great start by beating Higginsville’s No. 2 player Savannah Twyman in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. However, in the next round, Grizzle fell to Alexa Muenstemann, Odessa’s No. 1 player, in straight sets 6-0 and 6-2.
Harvey said Twyman was actually a freshman at the number seven position but due to her inexperience Grizzle was able to work on her winning shots and place the ball well.
“Abbie advanced on in the bracket to play Odessa's number one singles player, Alexa Muenstermann, who was their actual number in their lineup,” Harvey said. “Abbie didn't put up as good as a fight as she did last Thursday against her due to her wrist injury which constricted her movement.”
Boonville No. 2 singles player Emma Neidig also won her first match by beating Knob Noster’s No. 2 player MJ Stevens 6-3, 6-0. However, in the second round, Neidig fell to Marshall’s No. 2 player Hannah Pomerenke in straight sets 6-1 and 6-1.
Harvey said MJ Stevens is ranked six in the Knob Noster’s lineup so Neidig was also able to work on her winning shots and prepare for her tougher match against Hannah Pomerenke from Marshall.
“Neidig felt some what intimidated by Pomerenke but then realized that she had nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Harvey said. “Through the match Neidig played with precision and was even able to score winning shots that Pomerenke wasn't able to make contact with. The ending score of her match definitely doesn't reflect the level of play that was exhibited.”
At No. 1 doubles for Boonville, the team of Kali Corbitt and Jessica Lammers won their first match against Odessa’s No. 2 team in three sets 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) and 6-0. Meanwhile, in the second round, the duo fell to Warrensburg’s No. 1 team in straight sets 6-1 and 6-3.
Harvey said Corbitt and Lammers had a long first match against Odessa's number two doubles team for the day.
“During the first set they had difficulties moving the ball around the net player and with their placement of the ball on the open court,” Harvey said. “In the second set they took a strong 5-0 lead, but then let their guard down allowing Hobson and Tate to win 5 games in a row to tie it up to 5-5. They were able to secure another point to get in the lead at 6-5 but Odessa was able to tie it up to 6-6. Fortunately Corbitt and Lammers were able to push through the pressure and win their tie break 7-2.
“After the tie break they were determined to secure the win of the third set. They were able to do so with a 6-0 win. Their next match against Warrensburg's strong number one team was much more difficult. They had good net defense that we just couldn't get the ball around.”
As for the No. 2 doubles team of Danielle Dillon and Molly Amos, they fell in the first round against Higginsville’s No. 1 team 6-4, 6-2.
Harvey said Dillon and Amos put up a good fight in the first set against Higginsville. “They kept the games close by ending them with deuce and taking turns putting points on the board,” Harvey said. “In the second set, Higginsville seemed to move better and Dillon and Amos were unable to secure as many points. Although the match became tougher, they gave it their all and ended with their heads held high.”