Nick Hurt and Taniela Faletau each won convincingly in singles play and teamed for a 10-2 doubles victory to help William Chrisman’s boys tennis team post a 5-4 win Monday over crosstown rival Truman at Santa Fe Trail Park.
Hurt shut out Truman’s Sam Heacock 10-0, while Faletau downed Jake Hayward 10-4. Chrisman also got a singles win at No. 6 from Sam Robison, 10-5 over Chris Jewell.
In doubles play Hurt and Faletau downed Heacock and Wagner, while the Bears’ Danny Mallinson and Spencer Carter managed a 10-7 win over Jared Welch and Hayward.
Truman got singles wins from Wagner over Mallinson (10-4), Welch over Carter (11-9) and Jewlian Cordry over Saeed Darwish (10-4). In doubles play, Cordry and Jewell downed Darwish and Robison 10-6.
“It was a really tough loss for our team,” Truman coach Willis Blinzler said. “The two teams paired up well, and it was an extremely close match. Jared Welch had a really impressive comeback victory to tie it up 3-3 after singles.
“We are still working to find an identity as a team and realize our potential. Hopefully we can learn from this loss and continue to improve as a team.”
Truman’s junior varsity won 5-4.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 5, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4: Wins in four of six singles matches gave Lee’s Summit West enough cushion to post the victory Tuesday at Blue Springs South.
Paul Province posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Franklin Zhing at No. 1 singles for South, and freshman Dalton Michael’s 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 win over Will Marko at No. 6 kept the Jaguars alive going into doubles play.
“The guys play a tough match against a tough LSW team,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “Dalton Michael played a tough match and came from a break down in the second set to come back and win it in the third set tiebreak. That match gave us a chance in doubles.”
South got doubles wins from the teams of Province/Jose Garchitorena (6-4, 6-2) and Jared Martin/Nic Mandina (6-1, 7-5).
“Both teams moved really well and hit some amazing shots today,” Mooney said of his doubles winners. “It’s a tough loss that the guys were really excited for, but a really good match that we can build on for this season.”
Lee’s Summit West also won the junior varsity match by a 5-4 margin.
MARSHALL 8, GRAIN VALLEY 1: The wind and a strong Marshall boys tennis team made matters difficult for Grain Valley Monday.
The doubles team Cody Zeigler and Chris Eubank prevailed 8-5 for the only Grain Valley victory as Marshall rolled 8-1.
Marshall was a 3-0 junior varsity winner.