SIKESTON -- Sikeston's tennis team showed Hart in Tuesday's 5-4 upset win over Charleston -- head coach Suzanne Hart that is.
The fifth year coach saw her team's potential as the Lady Bulldogs went on to beat the Lady Bluejays for the first time in recent memory.
"This is a very big win, the biggest I've had in my coaching career," said Hart. "The girls played with fire today. They wanted this match very badly and they showed it."
In varsity singles, Elizabeth Killion defeated Charleston's top player Emily McDowell, 8-5.
"Elizabeth did an excellent job," said Hart. "She was down 4-5 at one point, and came back to win four games in a row."
Charleston's Britt Story defeated Lindsay Leible 9-7, then Charleston's Courtney McClendon rolled over Heather Hester 8-2.
In the fourth spot, Valerie Haman got Sikeston back on track with an 8-5 win over Charleston's Emily Rolwing.
At No. 5, Erin Shelton defeated Charleston's Summer Groves 8-2, then Charleston's Clair Showmaker beat Kellee Manley 8-4, forcing the match to be decided in doubles play.
Considering the doubles events have been Charleston's strength in the last couple of years, things looked bleak for Sikeston, but the Lady Bulldogs managed to win two of the three matches.
"That was a big accomplishment for us," said Hart. "I think Charleston expected to win at least the number one doubles match if not more. The kids did great."
Killion and Leible defeated Story and McClendon 8-5, Hester and Shelton beat Groves and Rolwing 8-2, then Charleston's McDowell and Showmaker edged Manley and Haman 8-5.
"Today was a big turnaround," said Hart. "We just have to keep this same intensity going."
Sikeston (4-3) will host Caruthersville on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Sikeston tied Charleston in the junior varsity match. Sikeston winners were Rachel Colwick, Chelsie Gilliland, Jamie Davidson, and Hallie Lambert in singles. Doubles winners were Colwick-Madeline Bucher, Leslie Powell-Charlie Ritchie, and Jamie Davidson-Hallie Lambert.