SIKESTON -- In a newly formatted playoff round in Missouri high school tennis, Sikeston defeated Festus 6-0 in the Team District Round in Class 1 on Tuesday.
"We were fortunate to get this one played today," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "We had two or three rain delays and had a lot of help from Festus players and coach and some of our parents in getting those courts dried every time.
"Festus has a nice young team. Their top six are all underclassmen, so they'll be back in full force next year. We'll have tremendous competition on Saturday against either MICDS or John Burroughs at sectionals."
The new round pits the first place team in district play (Sikeston) against the fourth place team (Festus). Also played on Tuesday, Charleston, which took second in the district, played Dexter, which took third.
Charleston defeated Dexter 5-1 on Tuesday. With the wins, Sikeston and Charleston move on to the Class 1 Sectional on Saturday.
Here are the results from Sikeston's matches on Tuesday.
Sam Zhao-Nik Boyer DID NOT PLAY
Clayton Matthews def. Thomas Chandler, 7-5, 6-1
Chris Matthews def. Sam Chandler, 6-2, 6-1
Logan Hampton def. Chris Wehner, 6-3, 6-3
Justin Deere-Zak Boyer Did not finish (rain)
Andrew Powell-Mitch Wilkins Did not finish (rain)
Clay Matthews-Zhao def. Boyer-Boyer, 6-3, 6-0
Charlie Jones-Andrew Powell def.Chandler-Chandler, 6-3, 6-3
Chris Matthews-Logan Hampton def. Wehner-Wilkins, 7-5, 6-2