POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston girls tennis team was defeated on Monday by Poplar Bluff 7-2.
Poplar Bluff, which was one of the better teams in the area last year, was able to win some close matches to pull out the victory.
"We didn't play well at all," said Sikeston head coach Suzanne Hart. "We had leads that we let slip away and we just didn't keep our focus as a team. Poplar Bluff is a good team but we are a better team and we are capable of beating them."
Sikeston's (3-3) only two winners were No. 1 singles player Elizabeth Killion, 8-1 over Francis Kalich, and No. 4 Valerie Haman, an 8-5 winner over Rachael Grady.
"Killion and Haman both did a good job today," said Hart. "The rest of the team just didn't show up to play. We've got Charleston (today) and we will do better."
In other action in singles, No. 2 Lindsay Leible lost 0-8 to Natalie McDonald; No. 3 Heather Hester lost 4-8 to Neha Gujarati; No. 5 Erin Shelton lost 8-9 (4-7 tiebreaker) to Erin Gillis; and No. 6 Kellee Manley lost 2-8 to Kelly Barks.
In doubles, Killion and Leible lost 4-8 to Kalich and McDonald; Hester and Shelton lost 5-8 to Gujarati and Barks; and Haman and Manley lost 8-9 (3-7) to Gillis and Laura Nunnery.
Sikeston's junior varsity lost its first match, falling 2-11. The only jayvee winners were Madeline Bucher and Charlie Richey.
Sikeston hosts Charleston today at 4 p.m.
CHARLESTON - The Charleston Lady Bluejays' tennis team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 9-0 blanking of Malden.
None of the matches were close as Charleston cruised to the victory.
"I was pleased with the way we played," said Charleston head coach Mitch Baker. "We were missing a couple of players and it was good that some of the girls stepped up and played well. They did a good job."
In singles, No. 1 Emily McDowell won 8-0 over Tiffany Blake; No. 2 Cortney McClendon won 8-0 over Constance Barber; No. 3 Emily Rolwing won 8-0 over Stephanie Michel; No. 4 Summer Groves won 8-1 over Christina Phillips; No. 5 Claire Showmaker won 8-0 over Ashley Lancaster; and No. 6 Julie Smith won 8-2 over Sarah Phillips.
In doubles, McDowell and McClendon won 8-0 over Barber and C. Phillips; Rolwing and Groves won 8-3 over Blake and Michel; and Showmaker and Smith won 8-2 over Lancaster and S. Phillips. In junior varsity action, Charleston's winners were Ashley Barnhill, Megan Leuhmann, Lauren Smith and Laura Burton. The doubles teams of Libby Renaud and Heather Ludwig, and Kara Hillhouse and Ashley Shands won their matches.
Charleston will be without the services of No. 3 player Mindi Leuhmann, who was injured in a cheerleading accident on Friday night. She will miss at least two weeks. Also, Britt Story missed Monday's match tending to family matters.
"Our schedule gets a lot tougher in the next few matches, so we're going to miss Mindi," said Baker. "She's undefeated the last two years in the regular season so that's a big hole to fill."