The Grain Valley girls tennis team accomplished a tremendous feat on Tuesday as it clinched its 10th straight Missouri River Valley Conference West championship in its final year in the league following a 9-0 win against Odessa.
In singles action, No. 1 Miranda Griechen (8-0), No. 2 Kendra Sibert (8-3), Mikaela Griechen (8-0), No. 4 Ryan Deaton (8-0), No. 5 Alyssa Owens (8-0) and No. 8 Hailey Bowlin (8-1) all rolled to victories.
The doubles team of the Grichen sisters won 8-1, Deaton and Sibert won 8-0 and Bowlin and Owens won 8-1.
Bowlin and Owens 8-1
“It’s special for us because that gave us our 10th straight conference title,’ Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said of the win. “We have been playing really well lately and it’s a good time to do it.”
BLUE SPRINGS 7, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 2: The Wildcats swept the doubles matches and improved to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Suburban Big Seven with Tuesday road victory.
Caitlyn Sporing (10-0), Bentley Walters (10-3) and Allie Brown (10-1) gave Blue Springs convincing wins in the first three singles slots, and Jenna Pope added a 10-1 win at sixth singles.
Sporing and and Walters teamed for an 8-0 shutout at first doubles, Pope and Mary Martell won 8-1 at second doubles and Brown and Danielle Bond posted an identical win.
“I'm really proud of the girls; they've worked hard, and my doubles combinations are gelling,” Blue Springs coach Jody McClain said. “We've tried some different things, and these teams seem to be working well together.”
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 9, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 0: The Jaguars couldn’t get anything going against the state powerhouse Titans in the Suburban Big Seven loss Tuesday.
“The girls played hard and pushed their opponents as far as they could,” South coach Jake Estep said. “Sometimes the team across the net is just a little more experienced than you are, but I'm proud of the effort the girls put forth.”
Grace Allen came closest to a victory for South with a 8-5 loss at No. 4 singles.
STALEY 9, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 0: The Bears had a tough matchup against Suburban Middle Six foe Staley and fell on Tuesday.
"First off, they have two amazing Freshmen on varsity to mix in with three seniors and one junior,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Claire Thimgan and Kennedy McGrath are two of the best freshmen players I have ever seen and then they come at you with experienced players at middle and lower varsity spots.”
The Chrisman JV lost 7-2.