The William Chrisman boys tennis jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play, but host Blue Springs bounced back with four wins in singles action to knock off the Bears 5-4 Wednesday in a non-conference matchup at Baumgardner Park.
For the Wildcats, No. 1 singles player Blake Summers won 8-3, No. 3 Luke David won 8-1, Dakota Allen won 8-0 and Jorge Martinez won 8-2.
In doubles, the lone Blue Springs win came from the No. 3 doubles team of Allen and Martinez (8-2).
For Chrisman Taniela Faletau and Brett Wilson won in No. 1 doubles 9-7 (7-5 tiebreaker) and Roman Campa and Dakoda James won 8-6. In singles, Wilson (8-5) and James (8-4) picked up wins.
"I know this is a big step for our program as I've never beaten Blue Springs team either in girls or boys seasons,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “I consider them a historical team that is quite challenging. Add into it that we played them just the other day at our own tournament on Monday and that I'm missing three of my top seven players, I knew it would be a close finish."
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 6, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 3: The Blue Springs South boys tennis team got some clutch performances from Sean Nguyen and Dalton Michael en route to a win over Lee’s Summit North Tuesday.
Nguyen, the No. 1 singles player won 6-4, 6-3; Michael won 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Brady Dunlap won 7-5, 5-7, 10-3 and Chase Klosener won 6-4, 6-2 for the Jaguars in singles action.
In doubles Michael and Nguyen won 8-4 and the No. 3 doubles team of Klosener and Patterson Fallis won 8-4.
For North, No. 5 Jacob Welsh won 2-6, 6-3, 14-12 and No. 6 Joe Hammerly won 6-3 6-2. The No. 2 doubles team of Logan French and Connor Young won 8-4.
“Our guys hung in there today, playing a tough Bronco team,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “Logan and Sean had some great points in theirs singles match and Sean was able to finish it out.”
Added North coach Stu Reece: “We really knew that we needed to start quickly against a very good team, but we didn’t execute like we needed.
GRAIN VALLEY 9, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 0: The Eagles clinched their second straight Missouri River Valley Conference West title with an easy win over the Tigers Tuesday.
In singles action, No. 1 Lindell Frye won 9-7, No. 2 Addison Arnold won 8-3, No. 3 Colton Campbell won 8-0, No. 4 Alex Schnurr won 8-0, No. 5 Hunter Hoagland won 8-2 and Dean Mobley won 8-0.
In doubles, Frye and Schnurr won 8-1, Campbell and Arnold won 8-0 and Hunter Quintrell and Joel Florida won 8-2.
“I am really pleased with this,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “Lindell and Addison got a little payback for a loss earlier in the year. Tennis is one of those great games that you have team success and individual highlights.”
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 6, FORT OSAGE 3: The Bears top two tennis players – Taniela Faletau and Brett Wilson notched wins in singles and doubles to help their team to a Suburban Middle Six win against the Indians Tuesday.
Faletau, the No. 1 singles player won 8-3 and No. 2 Brett Wilson won 8-3. Roman Campa and Dakoda James also added singles wins.
In doubles, Faletau and Wilson won 8-2 and James and Sam Hawley won 8-4.
“This Fort team was much more determined today and had a deeper lineup than they did at the beginning of the season,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Today, we were the opposite. Missing three varsity players at the final rehearsals of Chrisman's One Acts Theater Productions or by injury, I was worried that our improved JV play would not translate to the bottom part of varsity. I was pleasantly surprised by the results,"
For the Indians Joshua Smith won 8-5 and Samual Sisk won 8-2. The doubles team of Ben Siefker and Smith won 8-6.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 6, BLUE SPRINGS 3: Blake Summers gave the Wildcats a pair of wins but it wasn’t enough in a loss to the Titans Tuesday.
Summers won 6-0, 6-3 and Dakota Allen won 6-2, 6-0 in singles. Summers and Jordan Warner won in doubles 8-5.