No. 1 singles player Nathalia Barr suffered her first loss. But that didn’t stop Grain Valley from remaining undefeated at 5-0 in girls tennis with an 8-1 victory Thursday over visiting Richmond.
Bailey Busse defeated Barr 8-1. Barr and Kayelee Smith rebounded for an 8-2 victory in doubles.
Darby Scharfenkamp and Hannah Weichmann (8-0) and Chelsea Gabriel and Mikki Sickle (8-2) were the other doubles winners. Singles winners were Smith (8-3), Scharfenkamp (8-0), Weichmann (8-0), Gabriel (8-0) and Sickle (8-1).
“They have a really nice No. 1 singles player,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said.
Grain Valley was a 7-2 junior varsity winner.
PEMBROKE HILL 5, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4: The visiting Jaguars won two of three doubles matches but couldn’t garner enough singles wins to beat the small-class state power.
“We started out great in doubles,” South coach Jake Estep said. “We all went into singles with great attitudes and high spirits against an opponent that typically gives our school a hard time.
“Our girls came out swinging, but too many errors on our part cost us a win tonight. Tough losses help build strong teams though, and the girls will only learn from it.”
Erica McClain was a double winner for South (2-4), teaming with Emily Conaty for a 10-7 win in doubles and downing her singles opponent 10-4. Remy and Tiffany Davenport won 10-4 at No. 1 doubles, and Tiffany Davenport managed a 10-8 win at No. 6 singles.
Pembroke Hill’s junior varsity also won 5-4.
NOTRE DAME DE SION 5, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 4: Sion claimed four of six singles matches to hand visiting Lee’s Summit North its first loss of the season.
North’s No. 1 doubles team of Logan Morrissey and Camryn Parnell eked out an 11-10 (7-4) win, while Vilune Sestokaite and Beta Lear downed their Sion foes 10-6. In singles play, Jenny Krause and No. 5 (10-2) and Lear at No. 6 (10-3) won for the Broncos, who slipped to 4-1.
“Some amazing tennis tonight by both teams,” North coach Stu Reece said. “Sion played very consistent throughout the afternoon. We felt that if we could split the singles 3-3, we would have an excellent chance to win the match, but we did find that third win in singles tonight. We will definitely be excited to play them again down the road.”
The Broncos swept the junior varsity matches 9-0.