William Chrisman girls tennis coach Jason Grubb hopes his team is peaking at the right time.
A day after giving Raymore-Peculiar a strong challenge in a 7-2 loss, the Bears downed host Fort Osage 6-3 Thursday.
Ally Cook (8-1) and Katie Schaefer (8-2) won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and teamed for an 8-1 doubles win over Nicole Dover and Mariah Griffey to lead the Bears.
"The girls had to deal with heavy wind gusts today but were able to win ugly,” Grubb said. “I really thought my (No.) 2 team would win as well but they came up just short. Overall, we're getting close to ready for Truman and the start of district play next week. We'd love to get a crowd to come out at Santa Fe Park on (4 p.m.) Monday afternoon for that.”
Nicole Eppert (8-1) and Kiara Ashurst (8-6) also won in singles. Eppert teamed with Rylee LaRoche for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles.
Griffey won 8-3 at No. 3 singles and Brieanna Everts won 8-3 at No. 6 for Fort Osage. Everts and Michelle Anderson topped Ashurst and Izzy Jaynes 8-6 in No. 2 doubles.
Chrisman’s junior varsity also won 6-3.
In the 7-2 loss to Ray-Pec Wednesday, Grubb said he was proud of his team taking a pair of games against a team that has swept the Bears on a consistent basis in recent years.
In singles play, Schaefer won 8-5 and Atlanta Petty won 8-2.
"I loved the way Atlanta Petty dominated from start to finish and how my young freshman Kiara Ashurst played in a close loss,” Grubb said. “But the best match was watching our No. 2 Katie Schaefer beating a great player in Josephine Moore. Ray-Pec's No. 1 and No. 2 twins are two of the better players in the area, and we've never beat them. Katie's come a long way since struggling to keep up as a No. 1 last year after not playing varsity the year prior. This year she's coming into her own. That will help us going forward,"
Chrisman’s JV team won 7-2.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 7, PLATTE COUNTY 2: Blue Springs South won five of six singles matches to close out the regular season with a non-conference road victory Thursday.
Five of our six singles matches were never a doubt, which is always a great thing to see from the girls,” Jaguars coach Jake Estep said. “Everyone pulled their weight tonight either by winning in singles or being a part of a doubles victory. These are the best types of nights to walk away from knowing that every girl contributed and got us the team result we needed. Perfect cap for the regular season. Now we turn our eyes to Fort Osage in the first round of districts on Monday (4 p.m. at Young Park).”
Khiara Cox (8-1), Jasmine Tucker (8-1), Grace Allen (8-2), Peyton Caldwell (8-3) and Mikaela Haro (8-2) won in singles.
Francesca Klosener and Allen won 9-7 in No. 1 doubles and Cox and Tucker won 8-2 in No. 2.
The South JV fell 6-3.
On Wednesday against Park Hill South, Blue Springs South couldn’t have started any better as it won all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead.
However, the Jaguars were swept in singles as they fell to the host Panthers 6-3.
“Tonight we played a tough team and we knew that going in,” Estep said of Wednesday’s loss. “We kept it close in singles for the first five to six games in most matches but had a hard time finishing and ended up losing all six in singles. Our girls showed that they weren't going to go down without a fight though and on nights like this against a tough opponent, that's always a great thing to see.”
In doubles, Klosener and Allen won 8-5, Cox and Tucker won 8-6 and Caldwell and Haro won 8-1.
LIBERTY 5, BLUE SPRINGS 4: Blue Springs split the singles matches but narrowly missed on enough doubles wins to secure a victory in Thursday's road contest.
The Wildcats (8-3) got singles wins from Caitlyn Sporing (9-7), Allie Brown (8-4) and Jenna Pope (8-3), and Brown and Danielle Bond teamed for an 8-3 win at third doubles.
In No. 1 doubles, Sporing and Bentley Walters were tied 5-5 with Liberty's Alexandra Rogers and Riley Kelley, last year's fourth-place team at state, before the Blue Jay tandem pulled ahead for an 8-5 win.
“They had a little more offense, a little more net play,” Blue Springs coach Jody McClain said of the first doubles match. “We've never come this close to beating Liberty (in awhile). Last year it was a 7-2. This was a good showing.”
LEE’S SUMMIT 8, TRUMAN 1: Truman ended its regular season with a road loss to Lee’s Summit.
Sammie Fletcher and Callie Lloyd teamed for an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles for the lone win for Truman (1-12).
Lindsey Allin and Marissa Kramer won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and teamed for a No. 1 doubles win over Devin Mercado and Rachel Davis to lead Lee’s Summit (7-4) to the win.