The Blue Springs South boys tennis team started and finished strong for a 6-3 victory at Staley Wednesday.
The Jaguars won the opening two singles matches and clinched the victory with two doubles decisions.
Paul Province 10-3, Jared Martin 10-2, José Garchitorena 10-8 and Dalton Michael 10-8 posted singles victories. Martin and Nic Mandina 10-6 and Cory Michael and Joe Walters 10-8 were the doubles winners.
“The guys finished a long week with a solid win against Staley,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “Province and Martin had solid wins, For a busy week, the Jags came out and played a good match that was a good team win.”
South was an 8-1 junior varsity winner.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 8, TRUMAN 1: Visiting North was too much for Truman.
Jimmy Bertken 10-0, Thomas Faulkenbery 10-8, Jake Handley 10-0, Ryan Echman 10-6, Patrick Dowd 10-1 and Dax Fisher 10-7 were the singles winners. Bertken and Handley 10-7 and Faulkenberry and Eckman 10-4 prevailed in doubles.
Jared Welch and Lorenzo Dorman triumphed 11-10 for Truman’s only victory.
“Perfect weather conditions for a change, and the guys responded some of their best play of the season,” North coach Stu Reece said. “Jimmy and Jake both played fantastic tennis to earn the shutout, and Patrick was very solid at No. 5.
“We were a little flat in doubles but give Truman credit. They fought for every point.”
North also rolled in the junior varsity match, 9-0.
LIBERTY 9, TRUMAN 0: A solid Liberty team was too much for visiting Truman Tuesday, winning 9-0.
“While the overall score didn’t reflect it, I thought we played some of the best tennis we have all year,” Truman coach Willis Blinzler said. “Liberty has some really talented players. Our team had to step up to meet the challenges. I was proud of how they continued to fight and play well against a very good team.”
BLUE VALLEY (KAN.) 6, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 3: Host Lee’s Summit North couldn’t overcome four singles losses in suffering the defeat.
“I really felt like we had a good shot going into the match,” North coach Stu Reece said. “But we didn’t play the quality of tennis that we are capable of playing.”
Jimmy Bertken and Patrick Dowd led North (4-4) with singles victories.
“It was great for Dowd to step into a varsity spot and come away with a win,” said Reece.
ROCKHURST 8, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 1: No. 1 singles player Paul Province posted the only win 11-10 (7-1) as South fell at Rockhurst.
‘”The guys played a tough match today against a tough Rockhurst team in pretty windy conditions,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “Province had a great day, winning a tiebreaker in his singles match.”
BARSTOW 9, BLUE SPRINGS 0: Blue Springs coach Jody McClain was correct in knowing Wednesday’s match with host Barstow would be tough.
“They are at another level of tennis,” McClain said of Barstow. “The kids learned a lot.”
Barstow was a 5-4 junior varsity winner.
GRAIN VALLEY 9, O’HARA 0: Host Grain Valley dominated O’Hara for an easy victory Thursday.
“It was a good match,” Grain Valley coach Mary Elliott said. ”We overcame a rain delay.”
Grain Valley singles winners were Cody Zeigler 8-0, Chris Eubank 8-1, Jordan Snyder 8-1, Chase Timmons 8-0, Dayton Thurn 8-2 and T.J. Drabik 8-2. Zeigler and Eubank prevailed 8-0, Snyder and Drabik 8-1, and Timmons and Thurn 8-0 in doubles.