Palmyra girls tennis coach Jessica Gottman knew her Lady Panthers would be tested Saturday at Marshall.
Palmyra, which has breezed past opponents throughout most of the season, had never beaten Marshall or Grain Valley. Unfortunately, the Lady Panthers still have yet to knock off either team.
Palmyra dropped identical 8-4 scores to both Marshall and Grain Valley as its record dropped to 7-3 on the season.
“It was a long day of tennis and my girls are not used to playing that many matches,” Gottman said of the tournament. “A lot of the points were really long. But this will make us all better in the long run.”
Lady Panthers No. 4 singles player Raegan Barnett found herself involved in two of the long matches her coach eluded to.
Entering the day with a perfect 8-0 on the season, the Lady Panthers sophomore dropped her first two matches of the season by identical scores of 10-8.
The Lady Panthers top duo of Kendra Maples and Emmy Griesbaum also suffered a defeat for the first time this season. The Lady Panthers tandem dropped a grueling 11-10 (7-5) match in a tiebreaker to Marshall. Maples and Griesbaum bounced back and reversed the score against Grain Valley to improve to 9-1 on the season.
Against Marshall, Robby Meyers salvaged the only point on the singles court with a hard-fought 11-9 decision. Meyers also picked up a win on the No. 6 singles court against Grain Valley, 10-5.
Amy Bryan picked up an impressive 10-1 win on the No. 5 singles court against Grain Valley.