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Sikeston netters give Jackson a scare

Wednesday, September 5, 2001

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Sikeston's Elizabeth Killion returns a serve to Jackson's Nicole Poythress in Tuesday's No. 1 singles match. Killion lost the match 3-8.
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's tennis team got an opportunity to see how it stacked up against the area's best on Tuesday, falling to Jackson 7-2.

While the end result was never in question, head coach Suzanne Hart was pleased to see several players compete with their opponents.

"We played very well," said Hart. "I think we gave them a scare. Jackson is the toughest team we've played so far."

In varsity singles, Jackson's Nichole Poythress defeated Elizabeth Killion 8-3. In the second slot, Jackson's Katie Domain beat Lindsay Leible 8-3. At No. 3, Jackson's Kelly Mitchell edged Heather Hester 8-6.

In the fourth spot, Valerie Haman picked up Sikeston's first win by beating Jackson's Carlie Vogekang 8-2.

"Valerie did an excellent job today," said Hart. "She was in the match the whole way."

Jackson's Sarah Owen nipped Erin Shelton 8-6, then Kellee Manley earned Sikeston's second win by beating Jackson's Kerri Minch 8-2.

In varsity doubles, Killion and Leible lost to Poythress and Vogekang 6-8, Hester and Shelton lost to Domain and Mitchell 3-8, then Haman and Manley lost to Owen and Lauren Everett 3-8.

Sikeston won the junior varsity match 9-7. Sikeston winners were Rachel Colwick, Madalin Bucher, Charlie Ritchie, Chelsie Gilliand, Jerri Nichols, Jamie Davidson, Hollie Lambert, and the doubles teams of Erica Carr and Nichols; and Davidson and Lambert.

Sikeston's varsity (2-2) will travel to Malden on Thursday.

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Charleston squeaked out a 5-4 win over winless Cape Central on Tuesday, improving to 3-1 on the season.

"I'm always happy to get a win, but I don't think we played very well as a team," said Charleston coach Mitch Baker. "We just didn't play very consistent today. I don't want to take anything away from Cape, but I thought we should've done much better."

In varsity singles, Emily McDowell lost to Cape's Lauren Sulser 6-8. At No. 2, Britt Story blanked Cape's Megan Ladd 8-0. In the third spot, Mindi Leuhmann defeated Cape's Allie McGinty 8-2.

Emily Rolwing lost to Cape's Allison Campbell 3-8. Courtney McClendon defeated Cape's Sarah Burns 8-1, then Summer Groves lost to Cape's Katy MaGinel 1-8.

In varsity doubles, McDowell and Leuhmann defeated Sulser and McGinty 8-2, Story and McClendon beat Campbell and Ladd 8-1, then Rolwing and Groves lost to Erica Foley and Megan Eller 3-8.

"There were some bright spots," said Baker. "I thought Britt Story, Courtney McClendon and Mindi Leuhmann played really well in singles, and I thought my top two doubles teams played real well."

Charleston (3-1) will host Caruthersville on Thursday.