The Hannibal boys’ tennis team had its worst loss of the season Monday night as the Pirates fell 1-8 to Jeff City.
“Jeff City is a very good tennis team,” Hannibal coach Jay Johnson said. “We had several close matches and couldn’t come up with it. Jeff City has done very well this year and they have an excellent team.”
The Pirates’ lone win came during singles play when Austin Haynes won the No. 6 singles match. Haynes dropped the opening set 3-6, but bounced back to take the second set 6-4. In the tiebreaking third set, Haynes won 10-7.
As for the rest of the singles play, Hannibal had two of its losses coming in overtime while a third loss almost made it to OT.
Brett Hinton won the opener of the No. 5 singles match 7-6 (7-5), but lost the next set 1-6. In the tiebreaker, Hinton fell 7-10. Also losing in OT was Jacob Hammock in the No. 3 singles. Hammock lost his opener 1-6, but won the second set 6-2. However, Hammock dropped the third and deciding set 6-10.
In the No. 1 singles, Dhaval Katbamna fell 1-6, 0-6 while Daniel Fohey dropped his two sets 2-6, 5-7.
In doubles action, the Pirates lost all three matches. Katbamna and Fohey dropped the No. 1 doubles match 1-6, 2-6 while Hosley and Haynes lost the No. 3 doubles match by an identical 1-6, 2-6 score.
The Pirates No. 2 doubles team was close, but fell in overtime. Hammock and Hinton won the opening set 6-1 before dropping the second set 4-6. Hammock and Hinton then lost the tiebreaker in a close 8-10 match.
“We played hard,” Johnson said. “We have nothing to be ashamed of.”
In junior varsity action, the overall score was closer, but in the end, the Pirates still lost. Jeff City beat the jv 4-3.
Picking up wins for Hannibal’s jv squad were Matt Maple and Nathan Myers, Brad Curl and Maxwell Thomure, and Alec Voss and Jack Jeffries.
Maple and Myers won by an 8-2 score while Curl and Thomure won 8-5.
The Pirates’ final jv win was an 8-5 decision for Voss and Jeffries.
The Pirates will be back out on the tennis court this afternoon as Hannibal junior varsity squad hosts Quincy Notre Dame. Matches get underway at 4 p.m.