The score may have been 9-0 but it certainly wasn't that easy.
The Grain Valley boys tennis team won three matches in tiebreakers to post a 9-0 win over defending MRVC West champion Harrisonville Tuesday at Grain Valley.
Colton Campbell won a 7-2 tiebreaker to win the No. 1 singles match 9-8. He then combined with Alex Schnurr to win rally from a 5-1 deficit in the tiebreak to win 7-5 and claim a 9-8 win in No. 1 doubles to spark the Eagles.
"It was a big win for us," Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. "They won conference and returned almost everybody and six of their top seven were seniors. We knew if we were going to win it we'd have to get better and the guys worked really hard in practice."
Kellen Holland and Addison Arnold also won a 7-0 tiebreaker for a 9-8 win in No. 2 doubles. Ethan Caley and Jake Rogers won 8-4 at No. 3.
Schnurr (8-4), Holland (8-0), Arnold (8-1), Caley (8-2) and Andrew Schmitt (8-2) also won in singles as the Eagles improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the MRVC West.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 5, STALEY 4: The No. 3 doubles team of Brady Dunlap and Zane Cady came up huge for the Blue Springs South boys tennis team.
The duo won its deciding match 8-1 to help the Jaguars edge Staley Tuesday.
The No. 2 doubles team of Kenny Xiao and Klosener also won (8-2).
In singles play, No. 2 Nic Mandina won 10-3, No. 4 Klosner won 10-2 and No. 5 Dunlap won 10-8.
“I talked to our team before we arrived and told them this match could go either way if we didn't start strong and Staley did not disappoint,” South coach Nathan Mooney said. “Nic Mandina, Chase Klosener, and Brady Dunlap all had great singles matches. Probably some of their best tennis of the year. A great start for the week!”
South’s JV won 8-1.
On Friday. Michael and Mandina took first place in doubles A competition but Blue Springs South still only took fifth as team in the St. Joseph Central Invitational Friday.
In doubles B Xiao and Klosener went 2-1 to finish fifth, Dunlap was 1-2 in A singles and 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,” 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.”
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 5, GRANDVIEW 4: The match was too close for comfort for William Chrisman coach Jason Grubb, but his team was able to squeak out a win against the Bulldogs Tuesday.
In singles play, No. 3 Michael Marquess won 8-5, No. 4 Brett Wilson won 8-2 and No. 6 Jose Mendoza won 8-0.
The No. 2 doubles team of Austin Twenter and Marquess won 9-7 and the No. 3 duo of Mendoza and Alex Fry won 8-4.
Grandview put up a great fight with No. 1, No. 2, and No. 5 singles as well as No. 1 doubles being Grandview narrow wins,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “However, Chrisman edged the team dual with steady singles by Michael Marquess, Brett Wilson, and Jose Mendoza. In doubles play, the team of Austin Twenter and Brett Wilson won at #2 and usual JV players Jose Mendoza and Alex Fry won at #3. After the match, I was pleased with the team mentality of picking up the slack for No. 1 player Taniela Faletau in a day in which he played a great opponent and just fell short.”
On Monday, the William Chrisman boys tennis team couldn’t get anything going against Lee’s Summit as it fell 9-0 Monday.
Wilson came the closest to victory as he lost 9-7. The Bears JV lost 5-4.
“Whenever William Chrisman gets together with Lee's Summit for dual matches it is always a great experience,” Grubb said. “This year Chrisman was 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 eights 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 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. “ William Chrisman lost a close dual against Winnetonka on Friday four to five with losses in both of those spots. 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.”