COLUMBIA — After being defeated 9-0 by Jefferson City on Tuesday, Hickman tennis coach Andy Materer wanted to give his team an incentive to win its match against Kirksville on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park.
If the girls won or played their best, they would be able to skip practice and attend the homecoming parade Friday.
“I just wanted them to play harder,” Materer said.
Although the Hickman girls wanted the win, it didn’t happen. Kirksville defeated the Kewpies 7-2, leaving themwith a 1-7 record.
“No. 1 Maddie Buchanan played really well. She went into a tiebreaker and lost 7-4, but won doubles with Dalesa Clark 10-3,” Materer said.
No. 4 Sara Mantooth, a senior, played her best match, winning 10-8.
“She is not naturally competitive, so it was a landmark. She can see now that she can be competitive,” Materer said.
Even with the loss, some of the players knew Materer would allow them to go to the parade.
“He will let us go because he knows how much we love our school, and knows we did our best,” sophomore Lark LaBrunerie said.