The William Chrisman boys tennis team couldn’t get anything going against Lee’s Summit as it fell 9-0 Monday.
No. 4 singles player came the closest to victory as he lost to Brett Wilson 9-7.
The Bears JV lost 5-4.
“Whenever (we) get together with Lee's Summit for dual matches it is always a great experience,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “This year (we were) able to put up a few quality matches against a deep Lee's Summit squad. I was especially pleased with the steady improvement of senior Michael Marquess and sophomore Brett Wilson from varsity. Marquess battled before a late struggle in his singles match but showed great fluidity and shot choice throughout. Wilson lost a brutal match-deciding point on a double fault with a chance to even the match at eight, setting up a tiebreaker but could not land one errant serve.”
On Friday, the Bears fared a little better than they did Monday but still fell 5-4 against Winnetonka.
No. 1 Bears singles player Taniela Faletau won 8-6, No. 3 Marquess won 8-3 and Wilson won 8-2. The No. 1 doubles team of Faletau and Marquess won 8-4.
The Chrisman JV team lost 6-3.
“Competitive high school tennis matches usually come down the wire with the No. 3 doubles team and No. 6 singles players playing a crucial role in the outcome,” Grubb said. "By winning two of the three doubles matches, Winnetonka only needed to split the six singles matches to win overall. It came down to the No. 6 singles match between Winnetonka's Justin Balino and Chrisman's Shaun Anderson. I was very pleased with the effort and determination of Anderson, who lost the final two games in a deuce point, double fault and a missed return on the opponent's deuce serve. However, Anderson's attention to details will improve as he gains more varsity experience.”
JAGUARS TAKE SIXTH: Dalton Michael and Nick Mandina took first place in doubles A competition as Blue Springs South took fifth as team in the St. Joseph Central Invitational Friday.
In doubles B Kenny Xiao and Chase Klosener went 2-1 to finish fifth, Brady Dunlap was 1-2 in A singles and Zane Cady was also 1-2 in singles B.
South had 18 points as a team and Liberty won the tournament with 27 points.
“Nic and Dalton faced a couple of hard teams from Liberty and Park Hill,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “They both played well today and did a great job of covering each other. Dalton struggled a little bit in the first couple of matches, but Nic played lights out. In the finals, Nic struggled a little bit, but Dalton picked up his game to win the finals. Just a great team win for them.”