The William Chrisman boys tennis team enjoyed an undefeated opening week of the season. The Bears lost only 11 games in posting an easy 9-0 victory over Ruskin Thursday at Santa Fe Trail Park to improve to 3-0.
The William Chrisman boys tennis team enjoyed an undefeated opening week of the season.
The Bears lost only 11 games in posting an easy 9-0 victory over Ruskin Thursday at Santa Fe Trail Park to improve to 3-0.
“It was nice to have three matches and start 3-0,” Chrisman coach Nathan Mooney said.
McKay Paialii, Ben Bertram, Dennis Ayala, Cole Ketchum, Tyler Shupe and Clint Tosspon were Chrisman singles winners. The teams of Moritz Gross and Ayala, Ketchum and Tosspon and John Riley and Cody Page followed with doubles victories.
Chrisman was a 4-0 junior varsity winner.
NORTH KANSAS CITY 6, BLUE SPRINGS 3: Blue Springs coach Jody McClain saw some good things in the Wildcats loss at North Kansas City.
“We played them a lot closer than last year,” she said of the loss that evened the Wildcats record at 1-1. “I am seeing a lot of fight in No. 2 doubles (Alex Brunson and Evan Andrick) and No. 6 singles (Trent Nichol). They were both down like 8-3. No. 6 came back and won and No. 2 doubles almost won. They fought hard and I’m loving it.
“We need to work a little more on our doubles and get to the net. Overall, I was real pleased with them. They didn’t quit and didn’t give up.”
Chris Morrow and Nichol were the Blue Springs singles winners. Andrick and Nichol combined for a No. 3 doubles victory.
“Morrow was down 9-5,” McClain said of the No. 2 singles player. “He became very patient and came back to win his match 11-9. He was the catalyst for a lot of our guys in showing you never give up.”
North Kansas City also took the junior varsity match 6-3.
FORT OSAGE 9, GRANDVIEW 0: Practice may not make perfect, but it sure does help a team like Fort Osage win a tennis match.
Indians head coach Jordan Groves said his team was able to transfer good habits from practice to the courts against Grandview in sweeping the Bulldogs.
“The varsity players finally started hitting more like what I have seen them do in practice,” Groves said. “They were more relaxed, consistent and confident in their shots.”
Tucker Hickey, Hunter Hickey, Brandan Reeve, Trevor Bennett, Jake Ford and Garry Frisk were all winners in singles play and the tandems of the Hickey brothers, Reeve and Ford and Bennett and Frisk also prevailed.
GRAIN VALLEY 9, BOONVILLE 0: Grain Valley lost only two games while improving to 2-0 with a rout of visiting Boonville.
But coach Randy Draper said tougher opponents lie ahead.
“We’re going to find out a lot Monday and Tuesday against Marshall and Excelsior Springs (about our team),” Draper said.
Michael Draper, Derek Bowlin, Colin Chastain, Dillon Perdue, Zach Norfolk and Chase Gabriel swept singles for the Eagles. The doubles teams of Draper and Bowlin, Chastain and Perdue and Norfolk and Gabriel then completed the shutout.
Grain Vallley was a 6-3 junior varsity winner.