The Blue Springs South girls tennis team had enough for a win when rain and lightning hit Tuesday.
The Jaguars won five of six singles matches before the weather wiped out doubles play in a 5-1 home win over William Chrisman at Young Park.
“Thunder and lightning forced us to cut the match a little short, but we were able to get the five wins we needed to clinch the match,” Jaguars coach Jake Estep said. “We saw a lot of strong singles play with several players taking an early lead and never looking back. We really wanted to come out and make a statement and I think the girls did that. They were strictly business and took care of a relentless opponent in William Chrisman.”
Francesca Klosener edged Tori Gant 8-5 in No. 1 singles, and Khiara Cox topped Ally Cook 8-3 in the No. 2 match. Jasmine Tucker (8-1), Grace Allen (8-4) and Peyton Caldwell (8-2) also won for South.
Kiara Ashurst won 8-5 in No. 6 singles for Chrisman’s lone victory. Gant and Nicole Eppert were leading 3-2 in No. 1 doubles when play was halted.
"I've never been so pleased with a team after a loss before,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Our girls hustled, tried some of the new strategies and mental game we've been working on. I could not be disappointed in the effort or determination. We've got to clean up our lazy footwork and consistency, but I think Blue Springs South just played well today."
South’s junior varsity was leading 3-1 when played stopped.
ST. TERESA’S 4, BLUE SPRINGS 3: Blue Springs trailed by just one match against state power St. Teresa’s when play at The Plaza Tennis Center was halted by lightning and rain.
Blue Springs swept the top three singles matches but lost the next three to make it 3-3 heading into doubles play. St. Teresa’s won one doubles match before play was halted.
Caitlyn Sporing, who finished fourth in the state last year, topped Maggie Fielder 8-3 in No. 1 singles; Bentley Walters edged Lauren Adriano 8-6 at No. 2; and Allie Brown won 8-4 over Thais Montagner at No. 3 for the Wildcats.
“Our top three were very consistent today,” Wildcats coach Jody McClain said. “Allie was a really smart player today. Her opponent tried to speed it up and she took her out of her game with some drop shots and other things. Caitlyn and Bentley have a pace that’s just incredible. They did a lot of work over the summer and they’ve improved.”