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SHS netters open season with shutout over Chaffee

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Lindsay Leible returns a serve to Chaffee's Katie Pfefferkorn in Tuesday's doubles competition.
(David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston girls tennis team opened the season with a 9-0 shutout of Chaffee on Tuesday.

Only one of the matches was close, that being the doubles contest between Elizabeth Killion/Lindsay Leible and Katie Pfefferkorn/Callie Meyer.

Killion and Leible won 9-8 (12-10) in a tiebreaker match.

"We played doubles first and we kind of got off to a rocky start," said Sikeston head coach Suzanne Hart. "I guess it was first-match nerves. Chaffee is coming on strong, though. They have an excellent doubles team and they play well together. We just kind of eked that one out."

Killion and Leible, who are Sikeston's No. 1 and 2 singles players, both won 8-3 over Dexter's No. 1 Pfefferkorn and No. 2 Meyer, respectively.

"The girls settled down and did what they had to do," said Hart. "They went out and took care of business."

In other singles matches, No. 3 Heather Hester defeated Nicole Poe 8-0, No. 4 Valerie Haman beat Brittney Bennett 8-3 and No. 5 Erin Shelton beat Shannon Hampton 8-1.

"Hester did an excellent job -- that's the best that I've seen her play in a while," said Hart.

The doubles team of Hester and Shelton beat Poe and Bennett 8-3. Chaffee had to forfeit two matches due to having only five players on the team.

Sikeston will play at Dexter today at 4 p.m. Chaffee (0-2) will host Poplar Bluff on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

CHARLESTON - The Charleston Lady Bluejays tennis team lost their first match of the year, falling to Dexter on Tuesday.

"It seemed like (Dexter) wanted it more than we did," said Charleston head coach Mitch Baker. "We were leading in three or four matches that we lost. We had match point in a few too. I think they out-hustled us and were hungrier for the victory."

Charleston's Mindi Leuhmann and Cortney McClendon were just a couple of bright spots for the Lady Bluejays. No. 3 Leuhmann defeated Elise Young in singles 8-6 while No. 4 McClendon also won her singles match 8-3 over Katie Howard.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Emily McDowell and Leuhmann defeated Howard and Bethany Long 8-0.

"Our No. 1 doubles team looked like a totally different team from (Monday at Chaffee)," said Baker. "I was proud of Cortney McClendon, she really gutted out a tough match as well as Mindi, who has been playing through an injury. And Ashley Barnhill, even though she lost, she played a real tough match. She's going to start winning those close ones."

In singles, No. 1 McDowell lost 9-8 (7-5) in a tiebreaker to Amy Rose; No. 2 Britt Story lost 5-8 to Rhiannon Wunderlich; No. 5 Emily Rolwing lost 3-8 to Bethany Long and No. 6 Barnhill fell 7-9 to Amanda Wood.

In doubles, Story and McClendon lost 6-8 to Wunderlich and Young while Rolwing and Barnhill fell 2-8 to Rose and Wood.

"There's no excuses, they were the better team than we were today," said Baker. "But I think we're better than what we showed today. We made so many unforced errors it wasn't even funny."

Charleston's junior varsity had a successful day. Winners were Summer Groves, Claire Showmaker, Julie Smith, Megan Leuhmann, Lauren Smith and Libby Renaud. Groves and Showmaker won their doubles match.

Charleston will play at Carbondale on Thursday at 4 p.m.