In the words of Ron Burgandy, the Lady Pirate tennis team was forced to “bleed their own blood” on Monday afternoon against Park Hill. The Lady Trojans swept the doubles, and the Lady Pirates couldn’t get any momentum going in singles to counter. The match began with Lauren Laderoute and Mikayla Landers falling 3-8 at #3 doubles. #1 (MadDog Ivy and Hannah Valentine) and #2 (Rachel Valentine and Stephanie Laures) both had back-and-forth doubles matches, but ultimately lost 6-8 at #1 and 8-9 (6-8 tiebreaker) at #2. Rachel and Stephie saved 4 match points in the tiebreaker of their match, but couldn’t overcome a tough Park Hill team. Singles play was close in most matches, but the Pirates’ inexperience in close matches this season proved costly. Only Hannah Valentine was able to pull out a 10-8 victory at #3 singles, as the Pirates dropped the match 1-8. “Park Hill was certainly the best team we’ve seen this year, and they were able to capitalize on our weaknesses in ways that other opponents have not. Overall, it was a good learning experience for the girls as we prepare to face several tough teams in upcoming weeks. We played them really tough in 6 of the 9 matches, which was encouraging for us moving forward,” stated Coach Keith after the match.
On Tuesday the Lady Pirates put a bow on the already-decided conference title with a 9-0 victory at Belton. With several players missing due to musical tryouts, the Pirates showed their depth against a struggling Belton squad. Picking up singles wins for the Pirates were Rachel Valentine (Sr. #1), Hannah Valentine (So. #2), Stephanie Laures (Sr. #3), Lauren Laderoute (Sr. #4), Crystal Billings (So. #5), and Lauryn Klein (So. #6). Picking up doubles victories for the Pirates were R. Valentine and Laures at #1, H. Valentine and Laderoute at #2, and Billings and Klein at #3.
- With the 9-0 win over Belton, the Lady Pirates finished the season by winning 35 of 36 matches played during conference play this season. It’s the most dominant performance in conference play the Pirates have ever put together.
- The Belton QT, always a popular stop on tennis trips to Belton, was renovated since last season. It looks nice.
- The Pirates head to Staley on Thursday to take on their long-time rival and district opponent. Match time is 4:00.