Bolstered by what coach Jake Estep called a great turnout by student fans, the Blue Springs South girls tennis team swept past Truman for its first win Thursday, 9-0.
“Man, what a great night for South tennis,” Estep said. “Personally, as a coach, this is the most fun I could have had at a match. A lot of students showed up and cheered on our Lady Jags, and it was a fun energy for a home opener match.”
South got 8-0 singles wins by Remy Davenport over Courtney Martin at No. 1 and Erica McClain over Emma Fuller at No. 3. Leah Bell was an 8-2 winner over Shelby Calfas at No. 2, Isabella Bowling handled Kelsy Ritchell 8-3 and No. 4 and Emily Conaty and Tiffany Davenport scored 8-1 wins over Truman’s Madison Gram and Holly Shultz, respectively.
Estep noted that Tiffany Davenport, a freshman, has started her prep career 2-0 in singles play.
“She is poised on the court, and she strokes the ball like an experienced senior,” he said. “She certainly appears to have a very successful career in front of her.”
In doubles play, Bell and Bowling downed Martin and Ritchell 8-1; the Davenports teamed for an 8-2 victory over Fuller and Haley Crownover; and McClain and Conaty beat Calfas and Shultz 8-3.
South improved to 1-1, while Truman fell to 0-2.
On Wednesday, Blue Springs South opened its season with a 6-3 loss at St. Teresa’s Academy at Homestead Country Club. The Jaguars split the singles matches before the Stars swept all three in doubles play.
Remy Davenport shutout St. Teresa’a Hannah Bredar 8-0 at No. 1 singles, while Bella Bowling downed Amy O’Leary 8-4 at No. 4 and Tiffany Davenport upended Mary Claire Connor 8-3 at No. 6. The closest loss came at No. 5, where Conaty fell to Anna Hafner 9-7.
“(Remy’s) was an exciting win and set a great pace for her senior season,” Estep said.
South’s junior varsity team lost 6-3 at St. Teresa’s and beat Truman 9-0.
FORT OSAGE 6, GRANDVIEW 3: Ashley Hahne and Elizabeth Shade were double winners as Fort Osage improved to 2-0 with a 6-3 home win over Grandview.
Hahne edged past Jonesha Gould 8-6 at No. 3 singles, while Shade downed Cierra Moore 8-3 at No. 4. Hahne and Shade then teamed for an 8-4 win over Gould and DeMeka Jordan in doubles play.
Fort Osage also got singles wins from Maranda Harris (8-5 over Emily McKinney) and Moriah Dowty (8-1 over Haylee Marischler). In doubles play, Micah Neale and Carissa Hall downed McKinney and Marischler 8-4.
“I was excited for seniors Moriah Dowty, Micah Neale, and Carissa Hall to get their first varsity wins of the year,” Fort Osage coach Jordan Groves said. “Micah and Carissa had not played together yet as a doubles team. After starting off slowly, I was pleased that they made some adjustments and played like I knew they were capable of playing.
“Ashley Hahne, Elizabeth Shade, and Maranda Harris each had another good night of fairly consistent singles play. Ashley trailed most of her match. I love how she is able to keep her cool and stay in a match. She doesn't give up, and makes her opponent earn points. Despite the loss in her singles match, it was fun to watch Emily Shinodo adjust to the hard-hitting style of Alyssa Williams. Alyssa is a great player, and I think Emily improved as the match went on (8-2 loss).”
GRAIN VALLEY 9, HARRISONVILLE 0: The season and Missouri River Valley Conference opener went well for Grain Valley. Six singles victories led to a 9-0 decision Thursday at Harrisonville.
Grain Valley singles winners were Nathalia Barr 8-1, Katyelee Smith 8-1, Hannah Weichmann 8-3, Darby Scharfenkamp 8-3, Chelsea Gabriel 8-3 and Mickki Sickle 8-3. Barr and Smith 8-3, Weichmann and Scharfenkamp 8-0 and Gabriel and Sickle 8-1 were doubles winners.
“I was a great way to start with a conference win,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We got some nerves settled. Some freshmen on the junior varsity got a chance to play, and it was good.”
Grain Valley was an 8-1 junior varsity winner.