Blue Springs' top two singles players advanced to sectionals next week to compete for a spot in the Class 2 state girls tennis tournament.
Junior Caitlyn Sporing won three matches to take the singles crown at Friday's Class 2 District 14 individual district tournament at Santa Fe Trail Park in Independence, defeating sophomore teammate Bentley Walters 6-0, 6-2. The sectional tournament is 4 p.m. Tuesday at Lee's Summit North High School.
Sporing qualified for the state singles tournament last year.
The Wildcats' first doubles team of Mary Martell and Jenna Pope went 3-1 to finish third, while the second doubles team of Allie Brown and Danielle Bond went 4-1 and finished fifth, narrowly missing a quarterfinal win against Blue Springs South.
“Our doubles team really looked good and were very consistent today,” said Blue Springs coach Jody McClain, whose team claimed the district team title with a 5-1 win over Grain Valley Wednesday. “And Caitlyn and Bentley performed at their usual high level.”
Grain Valley and Blue Springs South will each send one doubles team to the individual sectional.
Grain Valley sisters Miranda and Mikaela Griechen went 3-0 and took first place, topping Blue Springs South’s Khiara Cox and Jasmine Tucker in the final.
“The reward is for the kids who have spent so much time working for it,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said of the Griechens. “You have to feel good for them. Our other girls know how hard they work.”
Blue Springs South coach Jake Estep was equally happy for Cox and Tucker.
“They played great. Both wins that they needed to get to the final were super hard fought and at times looked like they might go the other way,” Estep said. “We’ve talked about our youth a lot this year, so for those two to hang tough and grind out those two close matches showed a lot of heart and resolve.”
Grain Valley’s Kendra Sibert posted a 3-1 record to finish third in singles and narrowly miss a sectional berth. She defeated Blue Springs South’s Francesca Klosener in the third-place match.
William Chrisman duo Ally Cook and Katie Schaefer finished fourth in doubles.