Allie Cook and Katie Schaefer came up clutch for the William Chrisman girls tennis team.
They were in an intense doubles match with Truman’s Devin Mercado-Stroup and Jenna Kelly and the winner of this game would decide the match.
The Bears duo came through with a 9-8 (7-5 tiebreaker) victory to give Chrisman a 5-4 win Thursday at Sante Fe Trail Park.
"I know that we haven't beat them in my five years here, and I looked as far back as 10 years ago and none of those matches were Chrisman victories,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “This was a huge win for our girls. They had to do it with a team effort of lower varsity singles and two of the three doubles matches,"
Chrisman’s other doubles team of Nicole Eppert and Hannah Kimbrough won by forfeit. Truman’s only doubles win came from the No. 2 team of Karla Davis and her partner, who had a 8-3 victory.
The Bears got three singles wins from No. 4 player Eppert (8-4), No. 5 Juliette Anderson (9-8, 7-2 tiebreaker) and No. 6 Atlanta Petty (8-0).
Truman got singles wins from Mercado-Stroup (8-3), Kelly (8-3) and Rachel Davis (8-6).
Chrisman’s junior varsity team won 9-0.
BARSTOW INVITATIONAL: Blue Springs won both singles brackets and went on to capture the title of the Barstow Invitational Friday.
The Wildcats totaled 30 points to top Lee’s Summit, Barstow, Grain Valley (19) and Blue Springs South (12).
Caitlyn Sporing went 3-0 to win the A singles bracket and Bentley Walter also went 3-0 to win B singles. Allie Brown and Mary Martell combined to go 2-1 and finish third in A doubles. Dani Madison and Jenna Pope also went 2-1 to finish third in B doubles.
“The girls played amazing,” Wildcats coach Jody McClain said. “I think we’ve been coming to this tournament for 10 years and had never won it.”
On Thursday, the Wildcats, aided by their top three, edged Lee’s Summit 5-4 for a Suburban Big Seven win.
Sporing won her singles match 6-1, 6-3; Walters won 6-0, 6-2; and Brown 6-3, 6-0. In doubles, Walters and Sporing rolled to an 8-0 win and Brown and Martell won 8-3.
“I am always excited when my top three come out strong,” Blue Springs coach Jody McClain said. “(Brown) helps bring up the game of Martell as well. Caitlyn Sporing and Bentley Walters are every bit as good is in doubles as they are in singles. They cover the court well.”
Blue Spring’s junior varsity lost 6-3.