(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
"We played great," said Sikeston tennis coach Lynne DeWitt. "All the girls played good today."
In varsity singles, Elizabeth Killion defeated Caruthersville's Whitney Nelson 8-1. In the second spot, Lindsay Leible blanked Caruthersville's Anna Lansdale 8-0.
In the third spot, Charlie Richey beat Caruthersville's Kim Clayton 8-1. At No. 4, Jeri Nichols defeated Caruthersville's Amanda Bradley 8-2.
"That was a good match," said DeWitt.
At No. 5, Chelsea Gilliland defeated Caruthersville's Leda Jones 8-1, then Jessica Colwick edged Caruthersville's Leslie Gale 8-6 in the sixth spot.
In varsity doubles, Killion and Leible won 8-0 over Clayton and Nelson. In the second spot, Richey and Nichols defeated Anne Elyse Summar and Landsdale 8-1. Gilliland and Bowman beat Jones and Bradley 8-5 in the third doubles match.
Sikeston will play at Fredericktown on Saturday.
In Thursday's junior varsity match, Caruthersville defeated Sikeston 4-2.
Singles winners were Lindsey James and Ellie Hensley.
CHARLESTON -- Charleston's tennis team picked up an impressive victory on Thursday, rolling past Cape Central 8-1.
The Lady Bluejays improve to 7-1 with the victory while Cape Central falls to 6-2. Both losses have come against Charleston.
"This was by far our best match," said Charleston coach Mitch Baker. "The girls really wanted it bad. They played great in both singles and doubles. Cape is a very, very good team. To get away with an 8-1 win against them is a big victory for the girls."
In varsity singles, Megan Leuhmann defeated Cape's Liz LaFoe 8-3. In the second spot, Laura Burton beat Cape's Erika Foley 8-5. At No. 3, Claire Showmaker won 8-3 over Cape's Brett Ford.
In the fourth spot, Kamyia Sager won 9-8 with a 7-5 tiebreaker over Cape's Dani Gross. At No. 5, Kara True defeated Cape's Michaelyn Burns 8-6. In the sixth spot, Mandy Shankle lost 6-8 to Cape Central's Merritt Gerlach.
"That was (Shankle's) first varsity match," noted Baker. "She did a great job today."
In varsity doubles, Leuhmann and Showmaker defeated Foley and Gross 8-5. Sager and True beat Lafoe and Ford 9-7, then Burton and Shankle won 8-6 over Burns and Monica Toole.
Charleston will host Carbondale on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
"I hope we still have room for improvement," said Baker. "This was far and away the best match we've played all year. We volleyed a lot better and made a lot less mental errors. This group of girls is so much better than I expected. They have a lot of heart and they're tough."
In Thursday's junior varsity match, Cape Central beat Charleston 6-3. Singles winners for Charleston were Katie Leuhmann and Ashley Shands. The doubles team of Leuhmann and Lauren Smith also won.