(photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
"We really played great today," said Sikeston head coach Lynne DeWitt. "The girls were focused."
In singles, No. 1 Elizabeth Killion beat Tisha Schremmer 8-1; No. 2 Lindsay Leible beat Shawn Wheeler 8-0; No. 3 Charlie Richey beat Stacy Carter 8-4; No. 4 Jeri Nichols lost to Suzanne Carter 4-8; No. 5 Chelsea Gilliland beat Charla Chailland 9-8 (7-5); and No. 6 Jamie Davidson lost to Brea Rose 3-8. In doubles, Killion and Leible beat Suzanne Carter and Chailland 8-1; Richey/Nichols beat Wheeler/Schremmer 9-8 (7-4) and Gilliland and Davidson lost to Carter and Rose 5-8.
"The No. 2 doubles match was excellent," said DeWitt. "Charlie and Jeri never gave up and came from behind for the win. Chelsea in singles had a great match. She never gave up and fought hard to win in the tiebreaker."
In junior varsity, Sikeston lost 2-7. Sikeston's only two winners came in doubles. Jessica Colwick and Brittney Bohannon won their match 7-5, and Emily Bowman and Katie Ralph also won their doubles match 7-5.
CHARLESTON - The Charleston girls tennis team was shutout at home on Thursday by a strong Poplar Bluff team, 9-0.
Charleston (7-4) has one match left before the district tournament when they host Caruthersville on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
"I don't know (Poplar Bluff's) record, but I think they're definitely the best team we've played all year," said Charleston head coach Mitch Baker. "We didn't play bad, we didn't play our best, but Poplar Bluff was just by far the better team. They did everything a little better than we did today."
In singles, No.1 Mindi Leuhmann lost 6-8 to Francis Kalich; No. 2 Megan Leuhmann lost 5-8 to Julia Zill; No. 3 Claire Showmaker lost 4-8 to Neha Gujarati; No. 4 Laura Burton lost 3-8 to Shelly Billington; No. 5 Libby Renaud lost 2-8 to Kelly Barks; and No. 6 Kamyia Sager lost 4-8 to Kassie Everett.
"We had some tight matches, the Leuhmann girls played well in singles, but their No. 1 and No. 2 girls are really tough," said Baker. "They're a really deep team."
In junior varsity, Charleston lost 8-2. The only JV winners were Julie Smith and Lauren Smith.