Host Blue Springs South was in command throughout, rolling to a 9-0 victory over Truman Tuesday.
“The guys had a good win today after a tough weekend in Columbia,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “They all played pretty solid and a good job limiting their errors and working on some things that they had been struggling with.”
South singles winners were Paul Province 10-0, Jared Martin 10-0, Nic Mandina 10-2, Eric Horn 10-2, Dalton Michael 10-6 and Derek Steinbach 10-4. Martin and Mandina 10-1, Provence and Michael 10-0 and Horn and Jose Garchitorena 10-5 were the doubles winners.
The junior varsity match also resulted in a 9-0 South victory.
MID-MO TOURNAMENT: Paul Province managed a 4-2 record, including a 3-0 mark in singles play, but Blue Springs South’s boys tennis team dropped all three of its duals in Saturday’s Mid-MO Tournament. The Jaguars fell 6-3 to both Liberty and Westminster Christian Academy and 5-4 to DeSmet.
Province won all three of his singles matches in straight sets and teamed with Dalton Michael for an 8-1 win in doubles against DeSmet. Eric Horn registered singles wins against Liberty and DeSmet; Jose Garchitorena and Dalton Michael won singles matches against Westminster and Corbin Michael beat his DeSmet singles opponent. The doubles team of Jared Martin and Nic Mandina won against DeSmet.
“The varsity guys played some tough teams this weekend and had some really close matches,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “They had quite a few matches where we were up and just couldn’t put them away. We win some of those matches, and the record for the weekend looks completely different.
“A shout out to Paul Province for his superb weekend playing. He went 3-0 in singles against some really good No. 1s. With the level of play this weekend and the close matches, it will only makes us a better team as we get into the heart of our schedule these upcoming weeks.”
GRAIN VALLEY 9, ODESSA 0: Host Grain Valley prevailed easily in its Missouri River Valley Conference West opener Tuesday and claimed its first dual win of the season.
“We are excited to get a win,” Grain Valley coach Mary Elliott said. “We had played some tough opponents.”
Grain Valley singles winners were Cody Zeigler 8-0, Chris Eubank 8-0, Jordan Snyder 8-3, Chase Timmons 8-1, Dayton Thurn 8-0 and T.J. Drabik. They teamed up for 8-0, 8-4 and 8-1 doubles victories as the Eagles improved to 1-4 in duals.
Grain Valley was a 4-0 junior varsity winner.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 7, TRUMAN 2: Raymore-Peculiar was a tough opponent Monday for Truman.
Truman’s only wins were by Lorenzo Dorman in singles (10-6) and the doubles team of Jake Hayward and Nick Wagner (10-7).
“It was a disappointing match,” Truman coach Willis Blinzler said. “We came out flat and made many unforced errors. By the end of the match the players were playing well and with more focus. Unfortunately, we dug ourselves a hole early.”
Truman took the junior varsity match 5-4.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 8, STALEY 1: North won five of six singles matches and swept doubles to improve to 4-3 with the victory at Staley Monday.
Jimmy Bertken (10-3), Thomas Faulkenberry (10-3), Jake Handley (11-9), Lance Lanier (10-0) and Austin Kuklenski (10-6) won in singles for North.
Bertken and Handle (10-7), Faulkenberry and Ryan Eckmann (10-4) and Lanier Kuklenski (10-5) swept in doubles.
“We had a long bus ride, and some of the guys weren’t hitting well to start singles,” North coach Stu Reece said. “But they showed a lot of mental toughness to turn their early deficits into victories. Lanier played one of his most consistent matches.”
North rolled 9-0 in the junior varsity match.