After getting behind 2-1 after doubles play, the Blue Springs South boys tennis team had little room for error in singles.
The Jaguars came through with four wins in six singles matches to claim a 5-4 win over Lee’s Summit North in the Class 2 District 14 semifinal match Tuesday at Young Park.
Joe Hammerly and Matthew DeBacker topped Chase Klosener and Wyatt Walker 8-5 in No. 1 doubles, and Lukas Parrish and Nick Mathis downed Sammy Klosener and Justin Cooper 8-3 in the No. 3 match to put the Broncos ahead 2-1.
Patterson Fallis and Spencer Jorgensen prevailed 8-4 over Logan Leslie and Drew Houk in No. 2 doubles.
Four of the six singles matches went to three sets, with the Jaguars winning three of those to rally for the win and a spot in today’s 3:45 p.m. championship match at Lee’s Summit.
“I don't know if I've ever been associated with a districts match where we had four of six matches going to a full third set,” Jaguars coach Nathan Mooney said. “I remember in 2015 we had to play Lee’s Summit North and we had our last match go into a third set where North actually prevailed to win 5-4, but to have four matches still going and we had to win three of them? Our guys dug really deep for this one. Tonight it wasn't about one guy. It wasn't about the guy that won the last match. Tonight was truly a team victory.”
Chase Klosener rallied from a 6-3 first-set loss to top Hammerly 6-4, 6-3 in No. 1 singles. Walker topped Leslie 7-5, 2-6, 6-0 in the No. 2 match. Jorgensen topped Mathis 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 at No. 4.
Cooper topped Houk 6-3, 6-1 in their No. 6 match to put the Jaguars (12-5-1) over the top.
Parrish defeated Sammy Klosener 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 for North’s lone three-set win. DeBacker topped Fallis 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 for the Broncos’ only other singles win.
Despite losing, Broncos coach Stu Reece was impressed with his team, which lost 7-2 to Blue Springs South earlier this season.
"I could not be more pleased with the improvement these guys have made during the season this year,” Reece said. “Our effort to compete for every point was on full display. We certainly made Blue Springs South earn the win. With 15 of the top 16 guys coming back again next year, I have challenged our guys to put in the work this offseason and come back motivated to turn matches like this around."
North defeated Fort Osage 5-0 on Monday to advance to Tuesday’s semifinal.
Hammerly and DeBacker (8-2), Leslie and Houk (8-1) and Parrish and Mathis (8-1) swept doubles against the Indians.
Parrish (6-0, 6-0), Michael Welsh (6-1, 6-0) and AJ Maupin (6-2, 6-0) won in singles to end it.
LEE’S SUMMIT 5, TRUMAN 3: After getting swept in doubles, Truman made a close match of it before falling to the top-seeded Tigers in the Class 2 District 14 semifinal match Tuesday.
Blake Savidge downed Colton Hess 6-3, 6-0 in No. 1 singles. Brock Thomas (6-2, 6-2) and Nestor Olivas (6-1, 6-4) also won for the Patriots but they couldn’t get two more wins for the comeback.
Lee’s Summit’s Hunter Hess topped Bryce Idoni 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles, and Mazen Shahin rallied from a 7-5 loss to Truman’s Keegan Welch to win 6-4, 6-1 in No. 5 singles to give the Tigers (14-1) the decisive fifth win.
Colton and Hunter Hess topped Savidge and Welch 8-4 in No. 1 doubles. Jake Bowne and Shahin (8-6) and Collin Hansen and Kaleb Wilbert (9-7) won a pair of close matches to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
LIBERTY 5, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 0: William Chrisman’s team season came to a close with a loss to top-seeded Liberty Tuesday in the Class 2 District 15 semifinal at Bennett Park in Liberty.
The Bears finished 7-7 overall.
Liberty advances to today’s championship match against Liberty North.