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Netters best Caruthersville

Friday, September 6, 2002

SIKESTON - The Sikeston tennis team improved to 2-1 on the season with an 8-1 victory against Caruthersville on Thursday.

Sikeston swept the doubles competition and had little trouble with the singles matches.

No. 1 player Elizabeth Killion defeated Courtney Taylor 8-0; No. 2 Lindsay Leible beat Tracy Stewart 8-1; No. 3 Charlie Richey beat Leola Jones 8-3; No. 4 Jeri Nichols beat Anna Landsale 8-1; and No. 5 Chelsea Gilliland beat Breanna Lee 8-1.

No. 6 Jamie Davidson lost a heartbreaker to Kim Clayton, falling 8-9 and 4-7 in the tiebreaker.

In doubles, Killion and Leible beat Taylor and Stewart 8-0; Richey and Nichols beat Landsale and Jones 8-3; and Gilliland and Davidson beat Lee and Clayton 8-4.

"They played real good," said Sikeston head coach Lynne DeWitt. "Elizabeth's serve was better. We played much better up and down the lineup. Even though Jamie lost she played a real good match. I saw improvements from everyone. They're starting to work harder. You can tell they ran well this summer. The heat's not bothering them. They just have to keep working."

Sikeston also won the junior varsity match 4-3.

The jayvee (1-1) winners were Jessica Colwick, Brittney Bohannon and Emily Bowman. Hallie Lambert and Lindsey James won their doubles match.

Sikeston will play at Jackson at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

CHARLESTON -- Charleston's tennis team posted a 5-4 win over Carbondale on Thursday, improving to 2-1 on the season. While the ultimate goal was accomplished, head coach Mitch Baker still wasn't satisfied with his team's effort.

"You are always happy to get a win, but we did not play well at all," said Baker. "We played gusty and we played hard, but we just looked real flat. It's one of the few times in my career I can remember where my whole team played flat at the same time."

In varsity singles, Charleston's Mindy Luehmann defeated Carbondale's Katie Grace 8-2. At No. 2, Charleston's Megan Luehmann beat Carbondale's Hannah Webber 8-6.

In the third spot, Charleston's Claire Showmaker toppled Carbondale's Cherisi Skaffic 8-5, then Charleston's Ashley Barnhill lost an 8-3 match to Carbondale's Emily Maroney.

At No. 5, Laura Burton lost 8-3 to Carbondale's Emilia Zorgham, then Charleston's Libby Renaud defeated Carbondale's Christy Webber 9-7.

In varsity doubles, Mindy Luehmann and Barnhill were beaten by Webber and Skaffic, 8-4. Showmaker and Megan Luehmann defeated Grace and Zorgham 8-6, then Julie Smith and Renaud lost to Webber and Maroney, 8-4.

"It's a good sign when you can play really bad and still win," said Baker.

"But I wasn't happy at all with the way we played. We were slow and made a lot of silly mistakes. We're going to have to play a lot better to win very many matches this year."

In junior varsity action, Smith and Kamyia Sager were Charleston's winners.

The Lady Bluejays (2-1) will have their mettle tested next Tuesday, hosting Cape Central.