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  • Jaguars add to league tennis title streak

  • The Blue Springs South boys tennis team was expecting a battle. What the Jaguars got was a blowout – even if the final score was a bit misleading.

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  • The Blue Springs South boys tennis team was expecting a battle. What the Jaguars got was a blowout – even if the final score was a bit misleading.
    South claimed its third consecutive Suburban Big Six Conference championship Thursday by topping conference co-leader Liberty 8-1 indoors at Metro East Tennis Center in Blue Springs.
    “The guys, they were ready to go today,” South coach Sheri Rehmer said after her team improved to 12-1 overall and finished 5-0 in the Big Six.
    Although the Jags dropped just one match, all but a couple were decided by slim margins. No. 1 singles player Paul Province scored one of the few convincing wins, beating Corey Oliver 6-1, 6-2.
    “He came out and took control of his match immediately,” Rehmer said.
    Nick Mandina also didn’t have much trouble with John Morton in a 6-1, 6-1 decision. But Brent Henderson narrowly clipped Griffin Turnage 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Lake Kinzel edged Cade Crow 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 and Jared Martin bested Brandon Cardiff 6-3, 7-5.
    Rehmer added that her team’s only loss – Alec Barber’s 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) setback to T.J. Stansbury – was probably the best match of the day.
    “Just really great tennis,” she said.
    In doubles, Province and Barber collected their 39th career doubles win by bouncing Stansbury and Turnage 10-1. Henderson and Martin teamed for a 10-4 triumph over Oliver and Crow and Jose Garchitorena joined Kinzel for a 10-5 victory over Cardiff and Morton.
    “They came out fired up and ready to claim the title,” Rehmer said. “It was businesslike and they battled right from the start. They just wanted to claim that tradition and claim that crown.”
     
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