SPRINGFIELD -- As reported in Sunday's edition of the Standard Democrat, the Sikeston doubles team of Jacarra Lampkin and Kelsey Dial saw their season come to a close with a good showing in the Class 1 Doubles Championships.
The Lady Bulldogs opened their tournament against the Westminster Christian Academy seniors Christine Schlafly and Lauren DeRousse, the defending state champions. Lampkin and Dial overcame some early jitters but were unable to knock off the potent duo from Westminster, falling into the consolation bracket 6-0, 6-1 loss.
"Unfortunately, we drew the defending state doubles champs in first round play, however, Jacarra and Kelsey didn't let the draw affect their mental attitude going into the match and expected to do well," said Sikeston head coach Russ Dial. "Once play started though I felt they were a little tight due to the number of unforced errors we committed in the first set. They settled in a little during the second set, but were strategically beaten by a double formation that went from baseline, to midcourt, to net.
"They just couldn't get a winner at our opponent's feet at mid-court or a lob over them deep. Westminster's players had a nice touch off the short ground-strokes and length to prevent the lob over them at mid-court. We also weren't moving well at net."
Lampkin and Dial responded in their second match, defeating sophomores Georgia Kaye and Catherine Sueme from Rosati-Kain, 6-3, 6-2.
"The second match we made some strategical adjustments at net and moved much better and pulled out the victory," coach Dial said.
In the consolation quarterfinals, Sikeston saw their season come to an end with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to seniors Rebecca Mayus and Rachel Scott of Springfield Catholic.
"In the third match we faced an entirely different type of ball-strokers than in the first two matches which resulted in a lot of easy net points for Springfield Catholic," coach Dial said.
"Overall, we were honored to get to make the trip to state play and it's an experience the girls will always treasure and be proud of. They represented our community well with the sportsmanship they displayed while there both in their wins and losses."