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With the score tied 4-4, the match came down to a singles battle between Sikeston's Jeri Nichols and Jackson's Megan Bell.
Nichols won 8-5 to give her team the victory.
"We played great today," said Sikeston coach Lynne DeWitt. "We needed a good, hard match to push us. We had great matches up and down the lineup."
In other singles matches, Elizabeth Killion beat Jackson's Kelly Mitchell 8-4. In the second spot, Lindsay Leible blanked Jackson's Kali Niswonger 8-0. At No. 3, Charlie Richey lost 7-9 to Jackson's Sarah Hinkebein.
In varsity doubles, Killion and Richey lost 5-8 to Mitchell and Hinkebein. Leible and Nichols beat Niswonger and Walker 8-5, then Gilliland and Bohannon lost 4-8 to Bell and Cobb.
Sikeston lost Tuesday's junior varsity match 4-5. Sikeston singles winners were Emily Bowman and Hallie Lambert. The Lady Bulldogs also won three doubles matches.
Winners were teams of Jessica Colwick and Bowman, Lindsay James and Lambert, and Ellie Hensley and Brittney Bard.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Charleston's tennis team posted an impressive victory on Tuesday, nipping Cape Central 5-4 on the road.
"This was a big win," said Charleston head coach Mitch Baker. "We made a lot of mistakes, but the girls played with a lot of heart all the way through. This would definitely be considered an upset. I couldn't be prouder of the way they played."
Laura Burton won the decisive match in varsity singles, edging Cape's Erica Foley 9-8 with a 9-7 tiebreaker.
"She was cramping, but sucked it up and did what she had to do to win," said Baker. "She didn't even realize she had the decisive match."
In other singles matches, Megan Leuhmann beat Cape's Liz Lafoe 8-4. In the third spot, Claire Showmaker lost 6-8 to Cape's Brett Ford.
In the No. 4 spot, Kamyia Sager lost 5-8 to Cape's Dani Gross. Kara True beat Cape's Michaelyn Burns 8-4, then Lauren Smith lost 2-8 to Cape's Merritt Gerlach.
"Everybody played well in singles, but Megan Leuhmann, Laura Burton and Kara True really stepped it up and won tight matches," said Baker. "Cape beat us last year, and they've got a lot of girls back. This is a really big win for us and should be a big confidence booster."
In varsity doubles, Leuhmann and Showmaker beat Foley and Ford 8-5.
"They were losing 4-0, but came back to win 8-5," said Baker. "They started off a little slow, but turned it up and started playing better. We still have a lot of work to do in doubles."
Burton and Sager lost 4-8 to Lafoe and Gross, then True and Smith beat Burns and Gerlach 8-6.
In Tuesday's junior varsity match, Charleston singles winners were Kati Leuhmann and Rebecca Rolwing. The doubles team of Leuhmann and Elizabeth Moxley also won.
Charleston (3-0) will travel to Jackson today for a 4 p.m. match.