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Examiner
  • Prep tennis roundup: Eagles duo advances to state

  • For the first time in school history, Grain Valley is sending a boys doubles team to the state tournament.

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  • For the first time in school history, Grain Valley is sending a boys doubles team to the state tournament.
    Theo Nichols and Lane Elliott teamed up for a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Lafayette County’s Brian Bueker and Mark Fine in Monday’s Class 1 Sectional 7 individual doubles tournament.
    “We’ve never had a single or doubles team make it to state,” Eagles coach Mary Elliot said. “They were really excited.”
    In the singles bracket, Cody Zeigler suffered a 7-5, 6-1 loss to Lafayette County’s Kyle Taylor.
    “Cody played a really strong match at the beginning,” Elliot said. “The wind had an effect on both players and I think he got down after losing the first set. But he played really well.”
    Nichols and Elliott now advance to the Class 1 state doubles tournament, which starts May 24 at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.
     
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