Three weeks into the tennis season, Truman found a way to get into the win column.
The Patriots started out the varsity-only match against Fort Osage by taking four of six in singles play and then capped off the 6-3 win by securing wins in two doubles matches Wednesday afternoon at Santa Fe Trail Park.
The victory snapped a seven-game skid for Truman and, incidentally, it was the first win since beating Fort Osage 5-1 in districts last September.
“It was exciting because it was getting frustrating,” Truman senior Jenna Kelly said of the losing streak. “We don't get any breaks at all. We have like two practices for every four matches. How are we supposed to improve? I think today was good. We definitely communicated and not try to win all by ourselves. We worked together.”
Kelly, who also goes to Summit Technology Academy in Lee's Summit for medical intervention and biomedical innovations, won her singles match 8-3 against Michelle Anderson and joined with Devin Mercado-Stroup to win at No. 1 doubles.
Truman, which lost 5-4 to William Chrisman last week, allowed only five points in the four singles matches it won.
The Patriots' Meitong Li rolled to an 8-0 at No. 5 singles for the lone shutout win for Truman. Mercado-Stroup won 8-1 against Nicole Dover at No. 1 singles, while Rachel Davis won 8-2 at No. 3 singles against Ashley James.
Mercado-Stroup and Kelly won 8-2 at No. 1 doubles against Dover and Mariah Griffey, while Davis and Karla Lopez won 8-4 against Anderson and Breanna Everts.
Two of the three matches the Indians won, they dominated, but lost their fifth straight.
Griffey won 8-1 against Lopez at No. 4 singles and Kerry Hahne won 8-0 against Mickayla Tittle at No. 6 singles, the longest singles match of the day.
Hahne then took part in the longest doubles match of the day as she and James won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles against Li and Tittle.
Truman opened the season with four matches in four days and then played in a tournament on the fifth day. Prior to this victory, Truman has scored 2, 2, 3 and 4 points in losses after being shutout twice.
“We had some close ones,” Truman coach Scott Lett said. “We have been talking about pressure points and we did a better job. The girls are happy and it’s not all about winning – we are talking about getting better. “We are getting better, but it is nice to get the first one.”