In a rematch of last year’s conference title match-up, the Lady Pirates displayed their highest level of tennis against the Bulldogs and walked away with a surprisingly lop-sided 8-1 victory. The win earned this year’s team the same distinction of conference champion as each Lady Pirate team since 2012. The match started off very competitive in doubles, but ultimately the Pirates were able to do something they failed to do in each of their three match-ups against Kearney last season: win 2 out of the 3 doubles matches. MadDog Ivy and Hannah Valentine remained undefeated on the season with an 8-3 win at #2 doubles, while Lauren Laderoute and Mikayla Landers continued their hot play at #3 doubles with an 8-5 win. In what seemed to be destined to be a very competitive match, the Pirates took big leads early on nearly every singles court. Hannah Valentine got the singles sweep started with a 10-0 win at #2 singles. MadDog Ivy followed with a 10-1 win at #4 singles. It was the first time all year that Ivy wasn’t the first one off the court. She wasn’t happy about it. It’s a good thing they’d already played doubles. Both Stephanie Laures (#3) and Lauren Laderoute (#5) played some of their best tennis of the year, and each won 10-4. Mikayla Landers (#6) and Rachel Valentine (#1) followed by winning the two closest matches of the day 10-7.
The junior varsity also defeated the Bulldogs 7-2, thus inching them closer to the deceptively challenging and officially unofficial JV conference title. Picking up wins for the Pirates in singles were Crystal Billings (#1), Lauryn Klein (#2), Brittany Alvarado (#3), Jaycie Call (#5), and The Wise Sage McGehe (#6). Billings/Klein (#1) and Call/McGehe (#3) were also victorious in doubles.
- With one conference match remaining (v. Belton on Tuesday, Sept 13), the Lady Pirates are certainly looking to be the most dominant of all of the conference championship teams of the last five seasons. So far the Pirates have played 27 singles and doubles matches during conference play, and they’ve won 26 of them.
- Today the Pirates were aided by a bit of good luck when they found out their bus driver attended summer school at Oak Park the first year it opened in 1966.
- Tomorrow the Pirates travel to Cameron to play in the Cameron Tournament. The Pirates were second in this particular tournament last year, and are looking to take home their second straight tournament title of 2016 after winning the William Chrisman Tournament last Friday.