Blue Springs girls tennis coach Jody McClain is trying out some different doubles combinations early in the season.
The new duos still came through as the Wildcats topped an up-and-coming William Chrisman team 7-2 Thursday at Santa Fe Trail Park.
Allie Brown and Bentley Walters took a turn at No. 1 doubles, and topped Tori Gant and Nicole Eppert 8-0. Senior Caitlyn Sporing, the Wildcats’ No. 1 player and last year’s fourth-place finisher at state, teamed with freshman Malina McGaw for an 8-1 win at No. 2.
“We’re trying some different combinations to give us some more options when it gets to the postseason,” McClain said after her team improved to 2-0 in dual matches. “I think Malina really benefited from Caitlyn’s experience.”
Blue Springs’ top five singles players won. Sporing and No. 3 Walters each won 8-0 and No. 2 Brown prevailed 8-1. McGaw won 8-3 at No. 4 and Jenna Pope edged Izzy Jaynes 8-6 at No. 5.
“I was really proud of Jenna,” McClain said. “She got down and came back and served really well.”
Kiara Ashurst won 8-2 at No. 6 singles and teamed with Jaynes for an 8-4 win in No. 3 doubles for Chrisman. Ashurst improved to a combined 15-0 in singles and doubles this season.
"I knew today was going to be a really tough task for some of my best players,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “I knew my top three would have to play tough and determined to have a chance. However, we just left way too many short balls and second serves to get some sense of consistency going. However, our girls battled. I'm so honored to coach this group as they play with effort, grace and proper etiquette.”
Chrisman’s junior varsity swept to a 9-0 win.
LEE’S SUMMIT 6, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 3: Lee’s Summit won four of six singles matches to hand Blue Springs South a non-conference loss Thursday.
“It was a frustrating evening,” Jaguars coach Jake Estep said. “Slow starts and silly errors were the story of the evening for us. The bottom of our lineup struggled mightily in both singles and doubles and it's dang near impossible to win as a team when that happens. We have to get back to basics at this point. We're too old of a group to be making these types of mistakes on such a consistent basis. The girls aren't happy with how they're playing and we're going to work our tails off to get it fixed.”
Jasmine Tucker was a bright spot for South, winning 8-1 in No. 3 singles and teaming with Khiara Cox for an 8-1 No. 2 doubles victory. Grace Allen won 8-2 at No. 4 singles and she and Francesca Klosener lost a 7-5 tiebreaker to fall 9-8 to Kourtney Glenn and Lillie Bock in No. 1 doubles.
Kourtney Glenn (8-6), Mya Patten (8-5), Addison Wuebker (8-4) and Kendall Ruehling (8-4) won in singles for the Tigers.
South’s junior varsity won 5-4.