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In what has become a long-standing rivalry since the opening of Liberty North High School nearly coincided with the establishment of the Platte County tennis program, the Lady Pirates performed really well in singles, and continued to play solid tennis throughout doubles play to pick up the win against the Eagles at Clayview Country Club on Monday night. The match began with singles play, but after line-ups had been submitted, the Pirates were forced to make a change when a sudden illness forced Stephanie Laures (Sr. #3 singles; #1 doubles) out of the line-up. Due to MSHSAA rules, the Pirates had to fill her spot with the top junior varsity player, Crystal Billings. Billings, making her varsity singles debut, played a terrific match against a four-year letter winner from North, but ultimately fell to a more experienced player 2-8. The rest of the singles matches belonged to the Pirates, as they wanted to leave no doubt with regards to the outcome of the match. Rachel Valentine (Sr.) continued her sneaky-good play at #1 singles with an impressive 8-4 victory over Holly Hawkins. Hannah Valentine (So.) picked up a comfortable 8-2 win at #2 singles. MadDog Ivy (Sr.) picked up another dominant victory at #4 singles with an 8-1 win. Lauren Laderoute (Sr.) played her most consistent match of the season at #5 singles and picked up an 8-4 win in the process. Mikayla Landers (So.) was also impressive in her 8-2 victory. The Pirates looked good in doubles as well, in spite of having to restructure the line-up in Laures’ absence. MadDog and Hannah stepped in at #1 doubles and proved why they were district doubles medalists last season with a strong 8-5 win over Hawkins/Garrison of Liberty North. Hawkins and Garrison have been a solid doubles team in the district for four years, which made the win even more impressive for Valentine and Ivy. Rachel and Mikayla secured an 8-6 victory at #2 doubles, while Lauren and Crystal fell at #3 doubles for the Pirates.
The JV fell to North 3-6. Picking up singles wins for the Pirates were Brittany Alvarado, Grace Lewis, and Sage McGehe.