The Palmyra girls tennis team shut out Mexico to win the Class 1 District 8 championship.

Robby Meyers decided to take some time away from the tennis program last season.

The Lady Panthers welcomed her back with open arms this season.

Thursday afternoon, the Lady Panthers senior thanked her teammates by helping them claim a second straight district championship.

Meyers picked up the fifth and final team point for the Lady Panthers with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mexico on the No. 6 singles court.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to get that last point and help us take this home,” Meyers said of the district championship. “I am thankful my teammates accepted me back and acted like I didn’t even leave last year. They are all amazing and I love playing with them.”

Meyers also teamed up with fellow classmate Lauryn Wear on the doubles court. The two seniors cruised to an 8-1 win on the No. 3 doubles court.

“That was probably the best we have played together all year,” Meyers said. “Lauryn was on top of her game today and she definitely brought it. I am glad I have the opportunity to play with her as my partner my senior year.”

Kendra Maples and Emmy Griesbaum blanked their opponents at the No. 1 doubles court, 8-0.

Griesbaum also picked up a win on the singles court, 6-2, 6-0.

Raegan Barnett and Amy Bryan picked up an 8-3 win at the No. 3 doubles to round out the scoring for the Lady Panthers.

Maples was leading her match at No. 1 singles before play was stopped due to Palmyra already picking up the necessary five points to end the match.

“It was a good win,” Lady Panthers coach Jessica Gottman said of the back-to-back district championships. “The girls had some good competition tonight and I thought they all played extremely well.”

With seniors Griesbaum and Meyers picking up wins on the singles court to secure the win, Gottman mentioned it was fitting for them.

“It’s nice to see them pick up the points because their days on the tennis court are coming to an end really quickly,” the Lady Panthers coach said. “But they both played well and I am happy they both were able to earn the points to help us win. It’s always nice to get the win so your other players don’t have to step on the court.”

With the win, Palmyra will host the team sectional next Saturday, Oct. 7.

Gottman mentioned Palmyra is not the most ideal place to host a sectional, so they will reach out to other schools about letting the team use their facilities to host. Hannibal will be Gottman’s first choice.

When asked about playing in the sectional, Gottman admitted the Lady Panthers will have a tough road to travel.

“When you get to that level, you are playing up against a lot of private schools, so the competition gets tough in a hurry,” she said. “Looking at records you don’t really know what to expect because you don’t really know the level of competition they have played against.

“But we know it’s going to be difficult for us to advance. We are going to have to play extremely good.”

The Lady Panthers will play in the individual districts this weekend.