PHS girls tennis team competes at Marshall tournament

by Mark Cheffey

The PHS girls tennis team competed in a tournament at Marshall Saturday and came away with a win, tie and loss.

The Lady Panthers defeated Sedalia Smith-Cotton, 4-2, tied  the host team, 3-3, and lost to Grain Valley, 4-2.

Winning singles matches against Sedalia Smith-Cotton were Jaynee Durst, 10-3; Reese Gottman, 10-1; Bianca Perkins, 10-3; and Rylee Ingram, 10-3.

The PHS girls tennis team’s seniors and their parents were honored before their match against Mexico last Tuesday. The seniors Hailee Bergheger, Blaize Bross, Reese Gottman, Rylee Ingram, Bianca Perkins and Tessa Richmond.

Winning singles matches against Marshall were Reese Gottman, 10-6; Perkins, 11-9; and Ingram, 10-8.

Winning singles matches against Grain Valley were Reese Gottman, by forfeit by injury at 8-3; and Perkins, 10-5. 

The Lady Panthers also went to 3-0 in dual play with an 8-1 victory at home over Mexico, Tuesday.

Winning singles matches were Katy Rindom, 8-2; Maura Gottman, 8-2; Durst, 8-3; Reese Gottman, 8-3; and Ingram, 8-6.

Winning doubles matches were Rindom and Maura Gottman, 8-6; Durst and Ingram, 8-2; and Reese Gottman and Perkins, 8-3.

The JV squad went to 2-0 with a 6-2 victory over Mexico.

Winning doubles matches were Abbey Mann and Ava Browning, 6-4; Blaize Bross and Brooke Sullivan, 6-0; Emmalee Drebes and Tessa Richmond, 6-4; Ashley Bode and Hailee Bergheger, 6-0; Hadlie Kroeger and Kenzie Bollin, 6-3; and Taytum White and Natalie Bartz, 6-4.

Coach Jessica Gottman took her top 12 players to compete at the Helias Tennis Tournament last Monday, competing against Jefferson City Helias, Columbia Hickman and Duchesne.

Overall, Palmyra and Duchesne tied for third, while Hickman placed second, and Helias first.

Winning medals for Palmyra were the No. 1 doubles pair of Rindom and Maura Gottman, who placed first in that position.