• Chrisman exchange student closes strong to earn state berth

  • If William Chrisman senior Jacqueline Temperli proved one thing in Tuesday’s Class 2 Section 7 singles tournament, it’s that she knows how to close.

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  • If William Chrisman senior Jacqueline Temperli proved one thing in Tuesday’s Class 2 Section 7 singles tournament, it’s that she knows how to close.
    The exchange student from Switzerland battled through a back-and-forth first set with Lee’s Summit West freshman Sydney Halas before eventually earning a 7-5 decision. Then she finished with a flurry in a 6-1 second-set triumph to advance to the state tournament.
    “It was all on me,” Temperli said. “(Halas) could return everything I could hit. She was running and could always hit it back. It was always my fault. She never made any faults.”
    But Temperli, who is the first Chrisman player to advance to state in coach Sandy Tucker’s six seasons, was never rattled. That’s what impressed Tucker the most.
    “I think she maybe took a step back and looked at the big picture and what she needed to do to steady up her game and be able to stay in it,” Tucker said. “And once she got comfortable with that, she was able to make her shots and play more of her game.
    “She realized what she needed to change about her game and got rid of the mistakes. It worked for her.”
    In the doubles tourney, Blue Springs South’s Madison McCulloch and Remy Davenport fell 6-0, 6-1 to Notre Dame de Sion’s Bridget O’Connor and Michaela Henne.
    The defeat didn’t dampen Jaguar coach Craig Dierking’s mood, however, considering McCulloch and Davenport just started playing doubles together for the first time in the second match of this season.
    “For us to get this far only having one month of actually learning each other’s games, I think they probably had the most growth of any doubles team I’ve ever seen,” he said. “And if we had been playing a couple of years together or had a little more time to do so, who knows where we would be.”
    McCulloch, a senior, had teamed with Morgan Clark since seventh grade before Clark graduated last year. But her game, which emphasizes consistent baseline play, blended nicely with Davenport, who is aggressive at the net.
    “We just clicked really well,” McCulloch said. “We just communicated really well and just have the same ideas about how we want to play doubles together.”
    But Dierking called the Sion tandem his girls faced one of the best doubles teams he’s seen this year. McCulloch and Davenport said they were thrown off by the amount of top spin Sion put on just about every shot.
    “They played a lot different than any other team we’ve seen,” Davenport said. “They didn’t hit necessarily hard, they just hit with a lot of top spin and we’re not used to that. I just think we didn’t adjust.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Lee’s Summit North sophomore Jennifer Krause pulled off a remarkable comeback in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Sion’s Anna Koutelas. Krause, who developed severe blisters on both her feet during the 3-hour, 45-minute match, rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the final set.
    North’s doubles team of Logan Morrissey and Camryn Parnell also downed Lee’s Summit West’s Allison Finneseth and Megan Finneseth 6-0, 6-2.
    Temperli, Krause and the Morrissey-Parnell team all advance to the individual state championships Oct. 19-20 at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.

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