A strong effort in doubles play did the trick for the William Chrisman boys tennis team.
The Bears won all three of their doubles matches in a 7-2 Suburban Middle Seven win over Oak Park Thursday.
The No. 1 doubles team of Tanela Faletau and Michael Marquess won 8-0; the No. 2 duo of Austin Twenter and Logan Heyer won 8-4; and the No. 3 pairing of Brett Wilson and Shaun Anderson won 8-5.
In singles play, No.1 Faletau won 8-0, No. 2 Marquess won 8-1, No. 4 Wilson won 8-2 and Anderson won 8-4.
“All in all it was a competitive day when the only losses were Twenter's 6-8 and Heyer's 8-9 tiebreaker loss and even those drew in their teammates' loud support,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said.
MARSHALL 5, GRAIN VALLEY 4: It all came down to one match.
No. 4 Eagles singles player Addison Arnold came back from a 9-6 deficit and sent it to a tiebreaker. He even got it down to a match point, but his Owls’ counterpart rebounded for a 11-10 (7-5) win to give Marshall a 5-4 win Thursday in Marshall.
Grain Valley’s No. 2 Alex Schnurr also lost a close one 10-8. Winners for the Eagles were the No. 2 doubles team of Kellen Holland and Arnold (10-6) and the No. 3 duo of Andrew Schmitt and Jake Rogers (10-6). No. 5 singles player Ethan Caley won 11-10 (7-5 tiebreaker) and No. 6 Andrew Schmitt won 10-6.
“It was our first loss, but I thought we were really good,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. "Everybody was sitting watching two matches then watching one match after. You don’t get that kind of drama in high school tennis a lot. We responded really well. I like our guys. They got some competitive fire.”
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 5, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 4: The Broncos had a 2-1 advantage in doubles play and nearly had a third, but the Titans bounced back to win four singles matches to capture a 5-4 win Thursday.
Winners for North were No. 2 singles player Logan French (10-1) and No. 6 Chris Foeller (10-2). French and Connor Young won their doubles match 9-7 and Seth Templeman and Foeller were victorious 8-5.
The No. 1 doubles team of Patrick Dowd and Sriram Paravastu dropped a close doubles match 9-8 (7-5).
“I was very proud of the energy we played with all day,” North coach Stu Reece said. “I felt like our guys represented themselves in a first class manner, and competed hard but just couldn’t finish key points when we needed to. We are really close to a breakthrough match, but are starting to run out of season.”