A couple days after helping the Lee’s Summit North tennis team to the Class 2 team state championship, the Broncos’ top doubles team of sophomore Logan Morrissey and junior Camryn Parnell finished as runner-up in the individual state tournament at Springfield’s Cooper Tennis Complex.
In Friday’s first round, Morrissey and Parnell dispatched the Incarnate Word Academy duo of Katie Winkler and Jessica Stumpf 6-1, 6-0. In the quarterfinals came a 6-3, 7-5 win over St. Joseph's Academy’s Mary Burger and Olivia Conway.
Saturday’s semifinal was a matchup with Liberty’s Cassidy Paul and Gretchen Ohlhausen, and Morrissey and Parnell played what coach Stu Reece called a “near-flawless” match, winning 6-0, 6-1. In the finals they nearly forced a third set before falling in a tiebreaker to Kirkwood’s Sarah Stuhlmann and Bridget Mayfield, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).
The Broncos duo finished the season at 23-3 and matched Michelle Hall and Sydney Mela for the best individual performance in school history.
“At the Tournament of Champions in Wichita, they really dominated the competition, capturing first place,” Reece said. “After watching that performance, I knew they were headed for a remarkable season.”
Reece noted that Morrissey/Parnell provided the clinching match in the team’s wins over Park Hill South in sectionals, Jefferson City in the state semifinals and Columbia Rock Bridge for the state championship.
“When we needed them at their best,” he said. “They always delivered.”