(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON - The Sikeston girls tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 9-0 shutout of Caruthersville on Thursday at the Sikeston High School tennis courts.
After just the second match of the year, head coach Lynne DeWitt thinks the team could be already hitting its stride.
"We played exceptional," said DeWitt. "All the girls up and down the lineup played great. We have two matches next week and I hope we continue to improve."
In singles, No. 1 player Elizabeth Killion beat Whitney Nelson 8-0. No. 4 Jeri Nichols and No. 5 Chelsea Gilliland also posted 8-0 shutout wins against Anne Elyse Summar and Leola Jones respectively.
No. 2 Lindsay Leible beat Anna Lansdale 8-1, No. 3 Charlie Richey beat Amanda Bradley 8-1 and No. 6 Brittney Bohannon beat Leslie Gale 8-2.
In doubles, Killion and Richey defeated Summar and Nelson 8-1; Leible and Nichols beat Lansdale and Gale 8-0; and Gilliland and Bohannon beat Jones and Bradley 8-4.
Sikeston will host a makeup match with Chaffee on Monday at 4 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs will host Jackson on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Sikeston defeated Caruthersville's JV team 9-0.
In singles, Jessica Colwick, Emily Bowman, Lindsey James, Hallie Lambert, Ellie Hensley and Brittney Bard were all winners.
In doubles, Colwick/Bowman, James/Lambert and Hensley/Bard were also winners.
CARBONDALE -- Charleston's tennis team edged Carbondale 5-4 on Thursday, winning four singles and one doubles match, improving to 2-0 on the year.
"I was happy to get the win," said Charleston coach Mitch Baker. "I thought we played pretty well in singles. In doubles, we just made too many errors. We've got a lot of work to do with our doubles right now."
In varsity singles, Megan Leuhmann lost 8-10 to Carbondale's Emil Zargham. In the second spot, Laura Burton was beat 5-10 by Carbondale's Emily Maroney.
At No. 3, Claire Showmaker beat Carbondale's Claire Skoffic 10-2. Kamaya Sager won 10-2 over Carbondale's Jennifer Leider at No. 4.
In the fifth spot, Cara True defeated Carbondale's Courtney Cruse 10-1, then Lauren Smith beat Carbondale's Missy Kinsler 10-2 in the sixth spot.
"We could've played better, but all-in-all, all of our singles played well," said Baker. "Nobody really stood out, they just all played pretty good."
In varsity doubles, Leuhmann and Showmaker lost to Zargham and Maroney 8-10. Burton and Sager lost 6-8 to Skoffic and Leider, then True and Smith beat Cruse and Kinsler 10-4.
In the junior varsity match, singles winners were Mandy Shankle, Ashley Shands, Katie Leuhmann and Rebecca Rolwing. In doubles, the Charleston team of Ally Fox and Elizabeth Ann Moxley won, as did the team of Jennifer Rolwing and Virginia Burke.
Charleston (2-0) will be back in action on Tuesday, traveling to Cape Central.