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Sikeston, Charleston netters post victories

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

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Sikeston's Peter Jones
SIKESTON - The Sikeston tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 7-2 win against Poplar Bluff on Tuesday at Sikeston High School.

The Bulldogs' doubles took two out of three while the singles won five of six matches.

"We've been off for almost two weeks and we finally got a match in," said Sikeston tennis coach Brian James. "I don't think we played particularly well, but Poplar Bluff had something to do with that. They're much improved over the last couple years."

Poplar Bluff foreign exchange student Felipe Santos provided the only singles win for the Mules, defeating Marc Leible 8-3.

In the singles matches that Sikeston won, Peter Jones beat Drew Schuermann 8-4; Chris Robey beat Spencer Piland 8-3; Kyle Weeks beat Andy Clark 8-1; Sam Zhao beat Ben Nunnery 8-3; and Chris Matthews beat Aaron Aden 8-3.

In doubles, Sikeston's Jones and Robey defeated Santos and Piland 8-0; while Leible and Weeks also won 8-0, beating Schuermann and Clark.

Zhao and Logan Wagoner dropped their doubles match to Aden and Brennan Norman, 8-9 (2-7).

"I thought our top two doubles teams really played well," said James.

"I thought Weeks and Chris Matthews both played well. Sam Zhao also played well in singles."

DEXTER - The Charleston Bluejays tennis team improved to 3-1 on the season with a 7-2 victory against Dexter on Tuesday in a makeup date from earlier this season.

In singles, Charleston's top five players posted victories. Alec Peterson beat Jake Smith 8-1; Blake Branum beat Derek Roberts 8-0;

Lee Hess beat Ben Smith 8-2; Derek Hoppe beat James Ford 8-5 and Jake Garrard beat Scott Admire 8-5.

Dexter's lone singles winner was Gabe Smith, an 8-3 winner over Josh Moxley.

In doubles, Branum/Hess beat B. Smith and Ford 8-6; Peterson/Hoppe beat J. Smith/Roberts 8-1; and Garrard/Moxley lost to Admire/G. Smith 6-8.

"It was good to get a match under out belt," said Charleston tennis coach Mitch Baker. "Dexter's a solid team and I thought we played pretty well. The wind was awful, but the kids played pretty well. We have a lot of room for improvement. But we'll have a hard time beating Sikeston if we don't play better than we did today. We just need to get some matches in and I think we'll be alright."

Due to the Dogwood-Azalea Festival at Charleston, the Bluejays and Sikeston Bulldogs have switched their home-and-home dates.

Charleston will travel to Sikeston on Thursday at 4 p.m.