Fort Osage got a “consistent” effort from the top of their line-up and a come-from-behind win from a leading returner to get its girls tennis season off to a promising start.

Fort Osage got a “consistent” effort from the top of their line-up and a come-from-behind win from a leading returner to get its girls tennis season off to a promising start.

The Indians outlasted the Truman Patriots 5-4 Monday at Fort Osage behind the steady play of juniors Kelly Cochran and Kaitlyn Vann.

Fort Osage got single wins from No. 1 Cochran, No. 3  Vann, No. 4 Cassie Allee and No. 5 Mary Kate Jackson and a win in doubles from the tandem of Cochran and Vann.

“Kelly Cochran played a very good match (against Katie Thompson) at No. 1 singles,” Indians head coach Jordan Groves said. “I was pleased with her consistency and placement.

“I was also particularly proud of the way Kaitlyn Vann came back from being down 6-8 (to Ashley Anderson), winning four games in a row to win the match.”

Truman head coach Tara Corwin said the Patriots had a hard-fought match against Fort Osage, despite a relatively young team. No. 2 singles Jennie Thompson, No. 6 Nicole Morash and the doubles teams of No. 1 Katie Thompson and Jennie Thompson and No. 3 Morash and Kailey Halsey all posted wins for Truman.

“Fort Osage played well,” Corwin said, “but, I think we’ll be much more prepared for our next match.”

Fort Osage won the junior varsity match 8-1.

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 9, WILLIAM CHRISMAN O: It was good girls tennis opener for Lee’s Summit North and a disappointing one for William Chrisman.

The host Broncos coasted to a 9-0 victory Monday

“We have five new players to the varsity level with two of them being freshman,” North coach Stuart Reece.  “We weren’t sure how they would start their first match. They came out focused and hit the ball really well. It was a very promising start to the season.”

Vilune Sestokaite, Kadi Severson, Ashton Pohlman, Alyson Moore, Christina Leeper and Kelsey Ainsworth prevailed in singles and the teams of Sestokaie and Moore, Severson and Pohlman and Ainsworth and Shortell in doubles.

North also was a 9-0 junior varsity winner.