The Class 2 state individual state tennis tournament will be without a player from Eastern Jackson County.
Both singles players and both doubles teams fell in individual sectional play Tuesday at Santa Fe Trail Park.
But it was a close call for Truman’s Blake Savidge and the Blue Springs South doubles team of Chase Klosener and Wyatt Walker.
Blue Springs’ Luke David was stopped 6-2, 6-0 by Rockhurst’s Collin Klumb in another singles match.
Lee’s Summit North’s Joe Hammerly and Matthew DeBacker fell 6-1, 6-1 to Rockhurst’s Graham Colombo and Nicholas Hare in the other doubles match.
Savidge fell in a tiebreaker to Lee’s Summit West’s Hogan Stoker in his final attempt to make it to the state tournament. After rallying from a 3-2 deficit to win the first set 6-3, Savidge fell 7-5 in a back-and-forth second set.
Tied 6-6 in the final set, Savidge and Stoker battled down to the wire but Hoker prevailed 7-5 in the tiebreaker.
“It was an amazing 2-hour, 45-minute match. Both players exhibited amazing fight and determination,” Truman coach Scott Lett said. “Either player could have conceded, but both kept pushing the other in a battle of wills.
Savidge battled severe cramps in the third set. Stoker built a 5-4 lead, then Savidge took a 6-5 lead. Stoker held serve and battled back from a 4-2 deficit in the tiebreaker to edge Savidge and end his high school career.
“I couldn't be any more proud of Blake today,” Lett said. “He played a great match, probably the best I've seen him play, for nearly three hours. He laid his heart and body on the court today. I know he's hurting from the result, but to watch him battle on one leg for half a set was amazing. He could have said, ‘No, I can't go on,’ but he dug deep and gave everything he had. What more could I ask. I'm so proud of him."
Blue Springs South’s doubles team of Klosener and Walker won a second-set tiebreaker but lost the first and third sets as Rockhurst’s James Dunmire and Nathaniel Bodde won 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.
“The guys played great,” Jaguars coach Nathan Mooney said. “During the second set, they faced three match points and were able to get a break and then get to a tiebreaker. There were some great points and was overall very happy with how they played. They played all the way to the end and put it all out there and really persevered to get to the third set.
“Wyatt and Chase have been a great group of guys to coach for the last three or four years. I’m going to miss them, their leadership and their sense of humor.”
Blue Springs’ David had his serve going but couldn’t get past Rockhurst’s Klumb.
“Luke’s serve looked awesome today. He aced Collin a handful of times,” Blue Springs coach Anna Cole said. “Luke got consistently better this season and we are really looking forward to next season.”
Lee’s Summit North coach Stu Reece said Hammerly and DeBacker’s 6-1, 6-1 loss to Rockhurst’s Colombo and Hare wasn’t as lopsided as it looked.
“I know it sounds cliche, but it was a much closer match than the score showed,” Reece said. “They played much more aggressive than we did, but we certainly had plenty of chances to finish points. A good learning experience for a pair of juniors who should be able to break through next season.”