The Palmyra girls tennis team fared much the same in its second match of the season against Hannibal as the first, delivering a 9-0 knockout blow Monday afternoon.
Palmyra (8-3) handily won all six singles matchups and dropped only seven 1-on-1 games. Emmy Griesbaum led the Lady Panthers with an 8-0 shutout over Blair Burton at No. 2, while Palmyra's No. 4 Raegan Barnett, No. 5 Amy Bryan and No. 6 Robby Meyers all were victorious by scores of 8-1.
In the battle of No. 1 singles, Kendra Maples topped Ashlyn Nichols 8-2, the same result Lauryn Wear defeated Andrea Martin in the No. 3 competition.
Since Hannibal (1-9) had just nine players, Palmyra coach Jessica Gottman played her top three junior varsity doubles teams at the varsity level to ensure they got playing time.
The Lady Panther reserves sure made the most of their opportunity.
Palmyra's Sami Bross and Keller Shemwell topped Hannibal's No. 1 doubles pairing of Nichols and Burton, 8-5. Lady Panther duo Sydney Fountain and Chloe Dent beat Hannibal's Martin and Elizabeth Stilley 8-3 on the No. 2 doubles court, while Megan Frankenbach and Reagan Lehenbauer topped Emilee Carleton and Kelsey Perrigo at No. 3.
“The (JV doubles teams) did a great job stepping up and winning at the varsity level,” Gottman said.
Palmyra previously defeated Hannibal 9-0 on Aug. 24.
With Monday’s win, the Lady Panthers rebounded from a tough weekend at the Marshall Tournament, where they fell to Marshall and Grain Valley by identical scores of 8-4.
Up next for Palmyra is a home match against Father Tolton on Wednesday, the same day Hannibal continues its season at Boonville.