The Indians welcomed Boonville to the courts for the home and season opener and the Pirates walked away with a 6-3 win after sweeping the doubles round and splitting the singles matches.

School of the Osage got off to a tough start Monday night.

The Indians welcomed Boonville to the courts for the home and season opener and the Pirates walked away with a 6-3 win after sweeping the doubles round and splitting the singles matches.

Osage’s Logan Havner was an 8-3 winner at the top of the lineup in singles play while No. 2 Drew Elley picked up an 8-4 win and No. 6 Colin Smithson also won his match 8-4 for the Indians.

“It was exciting to see our top two play really well. They played well tonight,” said Osage coach Jeremy Anderson who is in his first season with the program. “Our youth showed through in the rest of our matches, but there is definitely some positives we can build on and see where that takes us in the future.”

There was not much room for error in the doubles round as the No. 1 team of Havner and Elley fell 8-5 while the No. 2 team of Ethan Kuscik and Ryan Page lost 8-6 and the No. 3 team of Braden Vickers and Smithson also lost 8-6. Meanwhile, the rest of the singles matches concluded with No. 4 Page and No. 5 Vickers dropping their matches by 8-2 margins.

A loss is not what Osage had in mind to start the season, but the season is still very young and the Indians have plenty of tennis ahead with a match at Rolla that was scheduled for Tuesday before coming back to host Helias on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Anderson is just looking to see consistency.

“It is day one and game one. Lucky for us, we have a game tomorrow and a game on Friday so we get to get quite a bit of game experience just in the first week,” the coach noted on Monday. “It will be nice to look at tonight after our first week and see where we are at.”