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Examiner
  • Doubles play lets Eagles fly

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  • MARSHALL, Mo. – A sweep of the doubles matches lifted the Grain Valley girls tennis team to a 6-3 win Monday at Marshall, keeping the Eagles unbeaten at 4-0.
    Nathalia Barr and Kayelee Smith won 8-3, Darby Scharfenkamp and Hannah Wiechmann 8-4 and Chelsea Gabriel and Mikky Sikale 8-1 for Grain Valley.
    “Marshall’s always really good; we’ve only beaten them a couple times in our program’s time,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We’re playing really good doubles right now, and we’re getting some solid singles play.”
    In singles play, Barr rallied from a 7-4 deficit and gutted out a 9-8 (7-2) win. Smith (8-1) and Scharfenkamp (8-2) earned easier singles wins.
    Marshall’s junior varsity was a 4-3 winner.
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 6, PARK HILL SOUTH 3: Lee’s Summit North claimed an advantage in doubles play and four of the singles matches to down visiting Park Hill South.
    Logan Morrisey and Camryn Parnell were 10-3 winners at No. 1 doubles for the Broncos, while Alyson Moore and Jenny Krause claimed an identical win at No. 2.
    In singles play, Morrisey breezed to a 10-1 win at No. 1, while Parnell and Vilune Sestokaite were 10-4 winners in the next two slots and Krause won by the same margin at No. 4.
    “The conditions were tough with the heat and strong winds,” North coach Stu Reece said. “We had a lot of strong efforts today, led by Logan’s fantastic match. Logan played great tennis and kept pushing hard throughout her match. Our No. 2 doubles team really looked strong today, as well.”
    North’s junior varsity won 8-1.
    KICKAPOO INVITATIONAL: Emily Conaty and Tiffany Davenport won their flights to pace Blue Springs South’s efforts at Friday’s eight-team Kickapoo Invitational in Springfield.
    Conaty won at No. 5 singles after claiming the No. 6 title last year, something coach Jake Estep called a “special feat,” while freshman Davenport claimed No. 6 this year.
    In other singles flights, Leah Bell was fourth at No. 2, Remy Davenport sixth at No. 1 and Erica McClain and Isabella Bowling seventh at 3 and 4, respectively.
    “The girls played well in the unrelenting sun against some quality opponents,” Estep said. “Tiffany Davenport continues to impress with her patience on the court and her poise during long rallies.
    “(Conaty’s) opening-round match was a long one that showed she had come to play, and after defeating her opponent she never looked back. She struck the ball well and made smart shots all day.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In doubles flights, the Davenports were fifth at No. 2, Bell and McClain sixth at No. 1 and Conaty and Voyles seventh.
    The day before the tournament, South improved to 2-2 in dual matches with a 5-4 win at Branson. McClain at No. 3 (10-0), Conaty at No. 5 (10-4) and Tiffany Davenport at No. 6 (10-0) were singles winners for the Jaguars. The Davenports won 10-4 at second doubles, while Jordan Burns and Ashley Brennan teamed for an identical win at No. 3.

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