SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs tennis team lost a close 5-4 match to Poplar Bluff on Thursday.
Sikeston got singles wins from Josh Bill, Brandon Goodwin and Wade Gadberry while the doubles team of Jimmy Hines and Layton Jones also earned a win.
"We played our best match of the year," said Sikeston coach Russ Dial. "Jimmy Hines and Layton Jones got us off to a good start in the match with a hard fought doubles win. Bill, Goodwin and Gadberry had strong singles performances. Gadberry was awesome in his all-court coverage."
With districts next week, Dial is happy to see the Bulldogs improving.
"The team is peaking none-too-soon," Dial said.
Sikeston will travel to Dexter on Monday for the team district tournament with the individual districts to be played at Potosi on Thursday.
1. Josh Bill (S) def. Cody Hillis (PB), 8-4
2. Brandon Goodwin (S) def. Devon Allison (PB), 8-0
3. Parambeer Handal (PB) def. Jimmy Hines (S), 8-3
4. Jimmy Parison (PB) def. Layton Jones (S), 8-6
5. Wade Gadberry (S) def. Collin Gullett (PB), 8-4
6. Iqbal Haq (PB) def. Adam Smith (S), 7-0
1. Hillis/Allison (PB) def. Bill/Goodwin (S), 8-3
2. Hines/Jones (S) def. Hundal/Page (PB), 8-6
3. Coleman/Parison (PB) def. Gadberry/Smith (S), 8-6