Chase Klosener made a big jump for his Blue Springs South tennis team, leaping from No. 4 to No. 1 singles his senior year and so far, both he and coach Nathan Mooney like the results.
Klosener topped Blue Springs’ Luke David 10-5 and teamed with Wyatt Walker to claim an 8-3 victory over David and Josh Gordon at No. 1 doubles to set the stage for a 10-0 sweep of the Wildcats Tuesday afternoon at Young Park.
“At first, being the No. 1 player was intimidating,” said Klosener, who replaced Sean Nguyen, who is not playing tennis this spring. “But I’ve been working to be No. 1 since I was No. 6 as a freshman.
“It’s been a goal, and I was able to reach it this year. And helping our team beat Blue Springs today is pretty cool. This isn’t the big rivalry like we have in football, basketball or baseball, but it’s big for the tennis players from each school and it’s a match we really look forward to.”
Joining Klosener in the winner’s circle were No. 2 Walker, who beat Gordon 10-0; No. 3 Spencer Jorgensen, who got past Carson Rothove 10-1; No. 4 Patterson Fallis, who topped Daniel Gordon 10-1; Sammy Klosener, who edged Jayvon McKinney 10-9 at No. 5; and No. 6 Justin Cooper, who won 10-7 at No. 6 against Drew Rudolph.
Jorgensen and Fallis teamed at No. 2 to beat Rothover and Daniel Gordon 8-1 and Sammy Klosener and Cooper won at No. 3, getting past McKinney and Rudolph, 8-1.
David, the Wildcats’ No. 1 player, is just a sophomore and first-year coach Anna Cole said she expects him to mature and improve as the season goes on.
“We have one senior, Drew Randolph at No. 6, and everyone else is an underclassman,” said Cole, a 2010 Blue Springs graduate. “I think it’s going to be fun to coach the boys this year, and grow with them.
“We’re young, and I’m a new coach, so we can all grow together. I know Luke isn’t happy that he lost, but he played well at No. 1, and he will only get better and stronger.”
“It’s definitely interesting being our No. 1 player,” David said. “I did some OK things today, but I have to do a better job of managing my composure. I think we’re all going to get better as the season goes on.”
South coach Nathan Mooney was pleased with his team’s dominance over the crosstown rival.
“We played well from 1 to 6 in singles and in all three doubles matches,” the veteran coach said. “I really liked what Chase did at No. 1. That’s a big jump and he is capable. He just seems so much more mature this year – on and off the court. I think we’re going to see some big things from him and the rest of the team.”