CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejay tennis team pulled out a close 5-4 win Thursday afternoon against district-rival Sikeston.
"I feel really fortunate to get a win," said Charleston coach Mitch Baker. "It was a very exciting high school tennis match."
In the number one position, Charleston's Alec Peterson staved off a match point and came back to defeat Sikeston's Peter Jones 9-7 while Derek Hoppe of Charleston took care of Chris Robey 8-3.
Sikeston's Marc Leible defeated Blake Branum 8-4 in the number three position and Charleston's Lee Hess downed Kyle Weeks 8-2 in the four slot.
"I was very excited the way Derek Hoppe played at number two and Lee Hess played an excellent match also," Baker said.
Sikeston won the number five and six singles matches with Sam Zhao beating Jake Garrard 8-6 and Chris Matthews defeating Drew Kemp 8-0.
"I thought we played pretty decent," said Sikeston head tennis coach Brian James. "I was pleased with the way Chris Matthews played and I thought Marc had a good match as well. Sam had a tough match but he really showed some guts. Chris Robey didn't have his best day but I know he'll bounce back. Charleston's got a good, solid team and I knew it would take a great effort to win."
In doubles, Charleston's Peterson and Hess beat Jones and Robey 8-4 while Garrard and Kemp beat Sikeston's Zhao and Matthews 8-5.
Leible and Weeks claimed the Bulldogs' lone doubles win downing Hoppe and Branum 8-6.
"Leible and Weeks had a really tough doubles match but they came through with a big victory," said James.
In junior varsity play, Sikeston beat Charleston 5-1. In singles play, Grant Ingram, Craig Millington and Matt Strom all won for Sikeston while Josh Moxley was Charleston's only singles winner.
In doubles, Wagoner and Ingram and Millington and Strom were both winners.
Sikeston will play again Monday when they travel to Poplar Bluff while Charleston will host Kennett Monday.