Blue Springs South may have lost a hard-fought match to Lee’s Summit West, but the Jaguars also may have unearthed a winning combination at the top of their doubles lineup.

Blue Springs South may have lost a hard-fought match to Lee’s Summit West, but the Jaguars also may have unearthed a winning combination at the top of their doubles lineup.

Tied 3-3 heading into doubles play, the Jaguars sent No. 1 singles player Zack Kaltenbach and No. 2 Chris Hammond to take on the Titans’ tandem of Trenton Piepergerdes and Thomas Gardner.

Kaltenbach, a senior, and the sophomore Hammond had never played together before, but came away with an up-and-down, back-and-forth 10-6 win that temporarily put the Jaguars ahead 4-3 before the host team ended up losing a tough 5-4 match to the Titans Thursday at Young Park near Blue Springs South High School.

“It’s our first time playing together this year,” Kaltenbach said. “We haven’t really played together, so we’re just trying to work out our difficulties.”

Kaltenbach beat Piepergerdes 10-3 in their singles match and Hammond took care of Gardner 10-5. Together, the Blue Springs duo got out ahead 4-1 and 5-2 in their doubles match before Piepergerdes and Gardner rallied to take a 6-5 lead.

Kaltenbach and Hammond steady themselves after that, outpointing their opposition 5-0 down to the stretch to earn the win.

“It was difficult at first because we were up 30-love in almost every game and then we’d get to deuce point and lose deuce point,” Kaltenbach said. “We made it harder than it actually was.”

Blue Springs South head coach Sheri Rehmer said the Kaltenbach-Hammond tandem may play a huge role in the Jaguars’ success this season.

“I think they are going to be one of the better doubles teams in the area,” Rehmer said. “I was really proud of how they fought back and came away with the win.”

Kaltenbach, who teamed with Caleb Jeff last season to place third at districts, said the doubles match against Lee’s Summit West may have been a preview of something more tangible down the road than an early-season, non-conference contest.

“They’re definitely probably going to play doubles at districts,” Kaltenbach said of Piepergerdes and Gardner. Piepergerdes was part of a doubles team that placed fourth at state last season with Gardner’s brother, Peter. “It was good to get one under our belts against them because we’ll probably end up playing them again later in the season.”

The Jaguars’ Brooks Stotts, a senior, was a 10-2 winner over Nick Baker in No. 3 singles, but Nathan Mikle, Tucker Kane and Ryan Gleue won the last three for West to even it up heading into doubles play.

Baker and Mikle then topped Stotts and Burns 10-7 in No. 2 and Kane and Gleue topped Alex Martin and John Duffey 10-5 in No. 3 to pull out the win for the Titans.