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Troy, Mo. - Troy Buchanan’s girls tennis team suffered its third straight loss on Sept. 22, this time to Francis Howell Central, 9-0.

The defeat dropped the Trojans’ record to 1-8 on the season heading into the Hannibal Tennis Tournament and the Gateway Athletic Conference Tournament.

However, first-year coach Zac Howard found some positives during his team’s play against the Spartans.

“We had a tough time getting off the bus to make up the singles portion of our match, and Central played doubles against another opponent,” he said. “Once (our girls) got going though, they started to put some things together, and Maggie Huster played her best match of the year, despite the loss.”