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Sikeston tennis team blisters Caruthersville

Friday, September 14, 2001

Sikeston's Heather Hester returns a shot to Caruthersville's Courtney Taylor in Thursday's match.
SIKESTON - The Sikeston tennis team continued it strong play of late, defeating Caruthersville 8-1 on Thursday.

Sikeston (5-3) will play at Cape Central on Tuesday at 4 p.m. On Thursday, only a pair of the matches were close for the Lady Bulldogs as they cruised to the easy victory.

"We're happy to get the win," said Sikeston head coach Suzanne Hart. "After coming off the big win over Charleston, sometimes you'll see letdowns. But we didn't do that. All of the girls did a great job and took care of business."

Of Sikeston's singles, only Lindsay Leible was defeated by Leslie Erickson, falling 8-9 with a tiebreaker.

"Leible lost but she became ill midway through the match," said Hart. "But she didn't want to come off the court. She still almost won the match."

In singles, No. 1 Elizabeth Killion beat Tracey Stewart 8-0; No. 3 Heather Hester beat Courtney Taylor 8-0; Valerie Haman beat Anna Lansdale 8-0; Erin Shelton beat Ginny Dorrah 8-1; and Kellee Manley beat Tara Pylate 8-6.

In doubles, Killion and Leible beat Stewart and Taylor 8-1; Hester and Shelton beat Erickson and Dorrah 8-2; and Haman and Manley beat Pylate and Lansdale 8-1. Sikeston's junior varsity won 6-0, to improve to 5-1-1.

Rachel Colwick, Madeline Bucher, Leslie Powell and Charlie Richey all won singles matches by 6-0 scores.

In doubles, Colwick and Bucher won 6-1 and Powell and Richey won 6-2.

CHARLESTON - The Charleston Lady Bluejays tennis team got back on track on Thursday by defeating Cape Central 6-3.

"This is the best we've played," said Charleston head coach Mitch Baker. "The Sikeston match was a wake up call. We talked before the match and I told the seniors that they're going to have to step it up. And they did. The girls know now that they're going to have to play well against every team in this area."

In singles, Charleston's No. 1 Emily McDowell beat Lauren Sulser 8-6; No. 2 Britt Story beat Allison Campbell 9-7; No. 3 Cortney McClendon beat Megan Ladd 8-1; No. 4 Emily Rolwing lost to Allie McGinty 3-8; No. 5 Summer Groves beat Sarah Burns 8-6; and No. 6 Claire Showmaker lost to Katie Magin 6-8.

In doubles, Story and McClendon beat Sulser and Burns 8-5; Rolwing and Groves lost to Campbell and McGinty 3-8; and McDowell and Showmaker beat Carrie Eller and Erica Foley 8-4. In junior varsity, Charleston's Megan Leuhmann won in singles. Leuhmann and Libby Renaud won in doubles.

"I'm pleased with the win," said Baker. "I'm real proud of the way the seniors reacted to the challenge. Most of the girls were playing a slot up because of (Mindi Leuhmann's) injury. Hopefully we'll get her back soon."

Charleston (5-2) will host Carbondale on Tuesday at 4 p.m.