Neidig wins seventh straight at No. 1 singles, Lady Pirates fall to Owls

Chris Bowie

The Boonville Lady Pirates tennis team knew beforehand that Thursday’s match against the Marshall Owls was going to be a tough match.

As it turned out, Boonville didn’t expect Marshall to be that tough as the Owls recorded wins in all but one match for a 8-1 victory.

While the loss dropped Boonville to 4-4 on the season, head coach Melissa Harvey said although there were only two wins (varsity and JV), the scores doesn’t reflect the effort that was shown on the courts.

“We came into the match expecting a tough night,”Harvey said. “They knew their opponent was going to be strong and that took a toll on their mental game from the beginning. It’s really something we’ve struggled with all season. Tonight we also struggled with being on the road. It seems that it take them more time to warm up when away from our home courts, which is to be expected, but we need to make adjustments to help us warm up more efficiently and quickly.”

The only win on the night in varsity came from No. 1 singles player Emma Neidig, who remained perfect on the season in seven matches. Neidig defeated Marshall’s Maricelela Cruz in a close match 8-6.

Harvey said Neidig brought home another great win tonight that included some fantastic put away shots. “Emma has really stepped up this season by keeping her undefeated title at the No. 1 position as a sophomore,”Harvey said. We couldn’t be more proud of her.”

The Lady Pirates weren’t so lucky in the remaining matches while losing the next five in singles. At No. 2 singles, Molly Amos fell to Karsyn King 8-1. At No. 3 singles, Arijana Webster fell to Lakeshia Thomas 8-0. At No. 4 singles, Abigail Pannell fell to Sujeydy Garcia 8-2. At No. 5 singles, Kate Schneringer fell to Brook Brochers 8-1. Meanwhile, at No. 6 singles, Hailey James fell to Jasmine Russell 8-1.

Marshall also dominated doubles play by winning all three matches to secure the win. At No. 1 doubles, Neidig and Amos fell to Cruz and Thomas 8-5. At No. 2 doubles, Webster and Schneringer fell to King and Borchers 8-0. Meanwhile, at No. 3 doubles, Pannell and Lilli Hendrix fell to Garcia and Russell by a score of 8-6.

Harvey said Pannell and Hendrix picked up their pace towards the end of their match, winning five game points in a row to bring their score of 1-6 to 6-6 but they just couldn’t continue that streak to get on top of the score for a win.

As for the only JV match, Hendrix defeated Leslie Salguero by a score of 8-6.

Harvey said Hendrix was able to secure a win against her opponent by enhancing her play level and working the court well. “This win was a great confidence boost and will hopefully excel her for the rest of the season,”Harvey said.

Boonville will play at home against Father Tolton on Monday, Sept. 28 starting at 4:30 p.m.