The William Chrisman girls tennis team will have some momentum heading into today’s match against Suburban Middle Seven rival Fort Osage.
The Bears edged out Raymore-Peculiar to win the Belton Invitational Wednesday. Truman took fifth in the tournament.
“It was such a great team experience for our girls to show Chrisman pride again.” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “We got that other title a couple of weeks ago, but that's it for our school's history to my knowledge."
Sophomore Tori Gant took first in A flight singles when she won in the championship 8-1.
"Last year, she played like 14 or 15 on our roster, and she put in so much work this summer to be the best at our school,” Grubb said.
Nicole Eppert won the B flight singles bracket after beating Ray-Pec’s Faith Swanson 8-1 in the championship.
For the Patriots, Sammie Fletcher and Karia Lopez led the team with a fourth-place finish in A flight doubles. On Tuesday, Truman lost 9-0 against Lee’s Summit.
"The team fought hard today," Truman coach Scott Lett said after the Belton Invitational, "and it was definitely a step in the right direction. We've made lots of progress since the start of the season, and I think players experienced those efforts with some hard fought wins."
GRAIN VALLEY 6, PLATTE COUNTY 3: The Eagles are on a roll to start the 2018 season.
Tuesday, they took a Suburban Small Seven match against the Pirates to improve to 5-0 overall.
Grain Valley swept all three doubles matches with the No. 1 team of Kendra Sibert and Ryan Deaton winning 8-4. The No. 2 duo of Alyssa Owens and Madison Shields won 8-4, and Bailey McKay and Mackensie Wagner won at No. 3 doubles.
Sibert won her singles match 10-3, Shields won 10-2 and Wagner won 10-5.
“As they have been doing all season, the girls performed extremely well in doubles against Platte County,” Grain Valley coach Blake Thorne said. “Winning the three doubles matches is hugely important because it allows them to play freely in singles. They know the team only needs two singles victories to take the dual.”
BARSTOW 7, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 2: The Broncos had a tough time with Class 1 power Barstow in a non-conference loss Wednesday.
“We hit some quality shots in singles, but did not have any consistency with our play,” North coach Stu Reece said. “Kelly (Connolly) played one of her best matches in a strong 8-4 win at No. 2 singles. Riley (Young) competed well, but couldn’t close out the last few games.”
Kaylie Rock and Riley Young won 8-6 for North’s lone doubles win.