Grain Valley’s boys tennis team pulled off an early-season surprise, downing two-time Missouri River Valley Conference West champion Excelsior Springs 5-4 on the road Tuesday.

To be the best, you have to beat the best.

Grain Valley’s boys tennis team pulled off an early-season surprise, downing two-time Missouri River Valley Conference West champion Excelsior Springs 5-4 on the road Tuesday.

The Eagles got off to a rough start in singles play against the Tigers, falling behind 2-0. From there, the Eagles got wins from No. 3 Colin Chastain, No. 4 Dillon Perdue, No. 5 Zach Norfolk and No. 6 Chase Gabriel.

A win by Norfolk and Gabriel in No. 3 doubles sealed the win for Grain Valley (3-1, 1-0 MRVC West).

“They (Excelsior Springs) have won the conference the last two years and have been to the final four the last two years,” Grain Valley head coach Randy Draper said. “This is a good (win). They’re all good, but some are better than others.”

Draper praised Norfolk and Gabriel.

“Our No. 3 doubles won a huge one for us,” he said. “They both won their singles match. These are guys who didn’t have varsity experience heading into this season, but they answered some questions tonight.”

Grain Valley improved to 3-1 overall on the season and 1-0 in conference play.

TRUMAN 8, WINNETONKA  1: Truman claimed all six singles matches on the way to stopping host Winnetonka in a Suburban Big Six opener.

Truman singles winners were Josh Smith, Chase Ruddell, David Franklin, Matt Perry, Andy Muellman and Zach Felz.“I was pleased with our play,” Truman coach Tara Corwin said after her team improved to 2-1 overall. “We have a lot of youngsters and inexperience and they came out and got the win. I was real pleased with that.”

Smith and Ruddell and Perry and Felz notched doubles victories.

OAK PARK 5, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 4: William Chrisman is no longer undefeated.

A victory in No. 3 singles gave Oak Park a 5-4 Suburban Big Six victory over the Bears at Santa Fe Trail Park Tuesday.

Ben Bertram and Moritz Gross posted singles wins for the Bears (3-1). Bertram and McKay Paialii and Gross and Dennis Ayala prevailed in doubles.

“I thought we played them tough across the board,” Chrisman coach Nathan Mooney said. “Bertram and Paialii were super tough in doubles. They were down 5-1 in the second game and and won 7-5.

“It was the first time Bertram played No. 1 singles and it was a solid win for him.”

LIBERTY 6, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 3: The Jaguars ran into one of the better teams in the Suburban Big Seven and came up short in its upset bid.

Blue Springs South’s No. 1 singles player Zack Kaltenbach, No. 3 Brooks Stotts and No. 6 John Duffey all won their matches.

“It was a great match,” Jaguars head coach Sheri Rehmer said. “I believe Liberty is the team to beat for conference. Going into doubles we were tied 3-3. We competed. The guys didn’t just roll over. We gave Liberty a great match.”

PARK HILL SOUTH 6, BLUE SPRINGS 3: A solid Park Hill South won the opening four singles matches to set up the victory over the visiting Wildcats.

“We are getting closer than a year ago,” Blue Springs coach Jody McClain said of the loss. “It shows my guys are improving and fighting. The No. 3 doubles team (Evan Andrick, Trent Nichol) didn’t let the score get them when they were down 5-8.

Andrick and Nichol were the Wildcats’ only singles winners in addition to the 11-9 doubles victory.

No. 1 singles player Nathan Schnabel was a close 11-9 loser for the Wildcats (1-2).

“He held the entire match despite the wind,” McClain said.

ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL 7, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 2: The Broncos were a combined 1-5 in six tiebreakers as they lost a home match to the visiting Indians.

Andrew Lam won in No. 4 singles and No. 5 singles player Brad Mims also won for the Broncos.

“The ability is there, we are just needing some confidence,” said Lee’s Summit North head coach Stuart Reece. “Lam and Mims continue to play consistent tennis for us.”