For the first time this year, the William Chrisman boys tennis team got a clean sweep.
The team didn’t allow Belton to win a game as it earned a 9-0 victory in a non-conference matchup Thursday.
No. 1 singles player Taniela Faletau won 8-2; No. 2 Austin Twenter won 8-2; No. 3 Michael Marquess won 8-2; No. 4 Brett Wilson won 8-4; No. 5 Logan Heyer won 8-3; and No. 6 Jose Mendoza won 8-4.
In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Falteau and Marquess won 8-1; Wilson and Heyer won 8-3; and Tyler Carter and Alex Fry won 8-4.
“It was the spectacular play of varsity newcomers Tyler Carter and Alex Fry that ensured a team 9-0 dual win,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. "Missing three varsity players today was something we knew was going to happen due to the one-act plays at William Chrisman, but this year our depth made it much more possible for those absences to be lessened."
GRAIN VALLEY 9, O’HARA 0: Another match, another 9-0 win for the Grain Valley boys tennis team.
Their latest unblemished match game against O’Hara in a non-conference matchup Thursday. It was the fourth time Grain Valley has blanked an opponent.
In singles play, No. 1 player Colton Campbell won 8-4; No. 2 Alex Schnurr won 8-1; No. 3 Kellen Holland won 8-1; No. 4 Addison Arnold won 8-5; No. 5 Ethan Caley won 8-3; and No. 6 Andrew Schmitt won 8-1.
In doubles play, the No. 1 duo of Campbell and Schnurr won 8-0, Holland and Arnold won 8-2 and Caley and Jake Rogers won 8-2.
“I thought we had gotten better but you never know until you start playing the other teams,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “I've been really impressed with us. We've had a lot of guys make jumps. When I drive by on the courts in the summer and on the weekends, they are on the court.
BLUE SPRINGS 5, BARSTOW 4: Michael Oni and Cameron Handy came up big for the Wildcats as they won both their singles and doubles matches to help their team squeak out a win Thursday.
In singles play, Oni won 10-9 (7-2), Handy won 10-6 and Jordan Warner won 10-4. In doubles play, the No. 2 team of Blake Summers and Jackson Riggs won 8-3 and Oni and Hardy won 8-5.
PARK HILL SOUTH 5, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 4: South coach Nathan Mooney called the loss against Park Hill South a heartbreaker.
It came down to doubles play in which the Jaguars dropped two out of three in a non-conference defeat Thursday.
No. 2 singles player Nic Mandina won 10-7, No. 4 Chase Klosner won 9-8 (7-4 tiebreaker) and No. 5 Brady Dunlap won 8-1.
In doubles play, the No.1 team of Dalton Michael and Mandina lost 9-8 (7-3 tiebreaker) and Kenny Xiao and Klosner fell 8-6 in a pair of close matches. The No. 3 team of Dunlap and Zane Cady won 9-7.
“In varsity, it was tough going down 1-2 in doubles,” Mooney said. “We had a good comeback on court No. 2 coming within 7-6 and on court No. 1, losing a close match in a tie breaker. Either one of those could’ve given us the win for the night. On court No. 3, Brady and Zane played a tough match winning a nailbiter. They were all three close, but it is a lot tougher to win being down 1-2.”
South’s JV won 5-4.