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Knightettes continue streak, Lady Cats join atop MAAA

BONNE TERRE — The Farmington Knightettes tennis team started their 2009 season with their 39th straight MAAA conference win by defeating the North County Lady Raiders on Tuesday 8-1. Their last MAAA loss was on September 8, 2004.

The Lady Raiders  were also able to celebrate on Tuesday. Sophomore Shelby Mund won North County’s only match, a feat that has not been done by a Lady Raiders tennis player since the 2005 season.  

The Knightettes swept all three doubles matches. Mackenzie Coleman and Montana Patterson pulled out and 8-6 win over Mund and her partner Brittany Ford in the No. 1 doubles match.

Coleman and Patterson took off from a 4-3 start to win three straight for match-game, but Mund and Ford battled back with hard serves and consistent baseline play to make the score 7-6. The Knightettes put the match away with strong net play with Mackenzie accentuating the win with an overhead smash for the winning point.

Kayla Edgar and Katy Brady scored an 8-1 win over Alyssa Yates and Alex Perry in No. 2 doubles and Hannah Weston and Brianna Brady were 8-2 winners in No. 3 doubles over Brittany Rawson and Jessica Vaughn.

Mund had to come from behind to win the No. 1 singles match over Coleman. Trailing 3-2, the sophomore chased down nearly every ball to run off six straight games for the 8-3 win.

Farmington won the next five singles with Edgar outlasting Ford 8-5 in No. 2 singles. Katelyn Brady shut out Yates 8-0 in No. 3 singles, and Mariah French did the same in No. 5 singles over Rawson. Patterson won the No. 4 singles match with an 8-2 score over Perry, and Morgan Smith was an 8-3 winner over Vaughn at No. 6 singles.

Both teams will be on the courts again on Thursday with North County hosting Arcadia Valley, and Farmington traveling to Fredericktown for a meet between the two conference leaders.

Fredericktown 5, Potosi 4

POTOSI — The Potosi Lady Trojans and the Fredericktown Lady Cats were pretty evenly matched as their final score of 5-4 revealed with the Lady Cats coming out on top.

Potosi had the upper hand after winning all three doubles matches as well as No. 1 singles, but Fredericktown swept the last five matches from there. It was the Lady Cats second meet of the early season, losing to Poplar Bluff 8-1 on Monday.

Kelsey Fitzwater and Melissa McGuire combined for an 8-5 win over Asha Ayyagari and Sam Pinckley in No. 1 doubles. Olivia Kwan and Kayla Doss were 8-3 winners in No. 2 doubles over Alison Clover and Cristen Pense, and Paris Doty and Chala Doss defeated Kaycelyn Alexander and Catelyn Neubrand 8-2 in No. 3 doubles.

Fitzwater won Potosi’s only singles match with an 8-5 score over Ayyagari. Pinkley edged out McGuire 8-6 in No. 2 singles, and Alexander won by the same score in No. 5 singles over Doty. Probably the hardest fought match came at No. 4 singles with Pense holding off Kayla Doss by a score of 9-7. Both Clover at No. 3 singles and Neubrand at No. 6 were 8-3 winners over Kwan and Chala Doss respectively.

Fredericktown will host Farmington on Thursday and Potosi will be at home on Tuesday to host Arcadia Valley.

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