William Chrisman head girls tennis coach Jason Grubb wondered how his double teams would fare against Fort Osage, with two of the team’s varsity players not playing.
He found out when two of his three doubles teams came away with victories in a 6-3 win Tuesday against its Suburban Middle Six rivals.
Ally Cook and Izzy Jaynes won 9-7 and Nicole Eppert and Hannah Kimbrough won 8-2 for Chrisman. Fort Osage’s Michelle Anderson and Brieanna Everts won the team’s lone doubles match 9-8 (7-5 tiebreaker).
In singles, Chrisman’s Cook won 8-4, Katie Schaefer won 8-4, Eppert won 8-0 and Atlanta Petty won 8-6. For Fort, Mariah Griffey won 8-1 and Everts won 8-5.
"I knew we'd have injuries, but (Fort) Coach (Jordan) Groves was also missing his No. 3 singles player today, so the other girls just have to pick up the slack,” Grubb said. “We rebounded as a team from a tough tiebreaker loss at No. 2 doubles to carry the No. 1 doubles win into a majority of singles wins.
“Ally Cook was as good as I've seen her, and I think our team is just grouping together with a collection of different players in the varsity lineup due to practices, school work, or injuries,"
Chrisman’s junior varsity won 9-0.
GRAIN VALLEY 9, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 0: The Eagles notched their third Missouri River Valley Conference West shutout in a game against the Tigers Tuesday.
In single action, Miranda Griechen won 8-5, Kendra Sibert won 8-0, Mikaela Greichen won 8-0, Ryan Deaton won 8-5, Alyssa Owens won 8-0 and Bailey McKay won 8-0.
In doubles, the Griechen sisters won 8-0, Sibert and Deaton won 8-1 and Owens and McKay won 8-0.
“Miranda Greichen won a huge match,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “She beat girl who finished fourth at state last year. She was tremendous.”
On Monday, the Eagles swept Harrisonville 9-0.
In doubles, Miranda and Mikaela Greichen won 8-3, Sibert and Deaton won 8-1 and Owens and McKay won 8-2.
In singles action Miranda Griechen won 8-0, Sibert won 8-0, Mikaela Griechen won 8-0, Deaton won 8-1, Owens won 8-1 and McKay won 8-0.
“We’re getting better,” Draper said. “ We’ve been working on doubles and making it better. I am pretty pleased with our progress. These girls like to work and play.”