The Festus Varsity Tennis team competed twice last week. The first of which came on Monday, April 12th, against Potosi, followed by another match on Thursday, April 15th, at Farmington.
The team started off the week successfully with a big win over Potosi, by the score of 7-2. Head Coach Angie Tinnin was excited, and said, “The Tigers rose to the occasion for their first home match, on the new courts at Sunset Park, defeating the Potosi Trojans.”
In Doubles action, Daxton Burgett and Kenzie Welsh lost 8-2. Paige Wilkinson and Dustin Peters won 8-2. Lastly, Makenzie McJunkins and Connor Zustiak defeated their opponents 8-4. Tinnin said, “They are working well together, communicating, and experimenting with various doubles strategies.”
In singles competition, the Tigers lost only once. Burgett was defeated 8-2. Wilkinson won 8-6. Welsh also won 8-6. Peters defeated his opponent 8-2. McJunkins won 8-4. Finally, Zustiak had a near shutout win of 8-1.
Next, the team traveled to Farmington High School, where they were defeated by the score of 8-1.
All three doubles teams lost. Ryan Esparza and Burgett fell 8-3, Wilkinson and Peters lost 8-2 and McJunkins and Zustiak were defeated 8-3.
In singles matches, Esparza lost 9-8 in a tiebreaker in a very close game.
Burgett lost 8-4, and Tinnin remarked, “Burgett found his consistency, leading early on in his match, but was later edged out by his opponent.”
Wilkinson lost 8-4. Tinnin commented, “Wilkinson had many long rallies, before her opponent moved on to the victory.”
Peters was shut out 8-0, but played hard. Tinnin noted, “Peters put forth unbelievable effort and hustle in his match.”
McJunkins fell 8-4, but was praised by Tinnin who said, “McJunkins fought hard, with numerous long rallies and points, in a close match, that the score does not reflect.”
Zustiak got the only win, coming through in a close match, 9-7.
The Tigers don’t have much time to recoup as they will face Windsor on Monday, April 19th, at Sunset Park.