The Festus Tigers Varsity Tennis team tore up the courts this past week, dominating their competition, winning three matches in a row.
The team started off their week with a strong showing against Windsor, defeating their opponents 8-1 in the meet. Head Coach Angie Tinnin said, “The Tigers had a very successful day on the court! They defeated the Owls in all three of the doubles matches, as well as five of the six singles matches.”
All three doubles teams dispatched of their foes rather quickly. Ryan Esparza and Daxton Burgett won 8-4, and Paige Wilkinson and Dustin Peters won 8-2. Lastly, Makenzie McJunkins and Connor Zustiak shut out their opponents 8-0.
In singles, the team went 5-1. Esparza blanked his opposition 8-0, Burgett won 8-6 and Wilkinson won 8-2. Mackenzie Welsh was defeated 8-3m but Peters shut out his foe 8-0. Finally, McJunkins won 8-1.
On April 23rd, the Tigers shut out Lutheran South, winning every game, for a final score of 9-0.
The doubles teams of Esparza and Burgett won 8-2, Wilkinson and Peters defeated their foes 8-4 and McJunkins and Zustiak also won 8-2.
In singles action, Esparza won 8-4, Burgett won big 8-3, Wilkinson had a nice 8-5 win, Peters also won 8-3, McJunkins dominated with an 8-1 win and Zustiak won 8-1 as well.
Tinnin commented, “The Tigers are improving with every match! With this win today, our record is now 5-2.”
Then on Friday, April 23rd, to finish out their incredible week, the team ran through the competition at the Crystal City Invitational Doubles Tournament. The tournament featured teams from Crystal City, Festus, Potosi and Bayless.
Tinnin was ecstatic with her squad’s performance and said, “In this flighted event, the Tigers managed to rack up the most wins overall, with a total of 13 on the day. Our doubles teams competed in the championship round at all four levels to end the tournament with two first place finishes, and two second place finishes. It was a great day to be a Tiger!”
Esparza and Burgett won three matches in a row to make the finals, but lost to Crystal City to take second place.
Wilkinson and Peters had the same fate, running through their first three opponents, only to get stopped by Crystal City in the finals.
McJunkins and Zustiak won first place, winning all four of their matches, topping Potosi in the finals 8-2.
Jacob Steward and Josie Allen also ran the table, taking first place and defeating Crystal City in the finals 8-1.
Tinnin was proud of her squad, and said “Our team is improving with each match. The kids are becoming more confident, and consistent with their groundstrokes, as well as their placement of the ball on the court. Our volleys are improving, thus making our net play a strength for us.”
It was an extremely productive week for the Tigers, winning three matches in a row. The Tigers hope to keep the momentum rolling as they prepare for three more big matches next week, challenging Windsor on Monday, St. Pius on Tuesday and North County on Thursday.