A sweep of doubles play helped the Truman boys tennis team continue its strong season.
The doubles teams of Blake Savidge and Billy Wiser, Cooper Mangels and Chris Fielder, and Mason Adrales and Cooper Clements each eked out 8-6 wins to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead heading into singles play in a 7-2 road victory over Raymore-Peculiar Thursday.
"Players up and down the ladder played smart, consistent tennis today,” Truman coach Scott Lett said after his team improved to 4-2 in dual matches. “Each of the doubles matches were close, but I was pleased to see us rein in our play when it mattered most. Smart yet aggressive play is what we've been working on in practice, and players demonstrated that when it mattered most today. We carried that over to singles and dictated points. Today was a step in the right direction."
Savidge won 8-2 in No. 1 singles and Wiser won a 7-5 tiebreak to win 9-8 at No. 4. Fielder (8-3) and Adrales (8-1) also won in singles.
Truman’s junior varsity also won 7-2.
GRAIN VALLEY 6, MARSHALL 3: A pair of Grain Valley players rallied from behind to win as the Eagles won four of six singles matches to knock off a strong Marshall team Thursday at Grain Valley High School.
No. 4 Alex Schnurr and No. 5 Hunter Hoagland both trailed for most of their matches but pulled out 9-7 wins. That, teamed with Addison Arnold’s 8-5 win at No. 2 and Dean Mobley’s 8-1 win at No. 6, helped the Eagles improve to 10-2-2 in dual matches
“It’s probably our best (win) this year so far,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “The last two weeks we’ve gotten a lot better. Arnold’s win at No. 2 was good stuff, and Mobley has been real solid at 6 for us.”
The No. 2 team of Arnold and Colton Campbell and No. 3 Hunter Quintrell and Joel Florida each won 8-3 in doubles.