The Truman has a bona fide No. 1 singles player in Blake Savidge.
He won his singles match handily and teamed up with Terrence Fielder for an easy doubles win, leading his team to a 6-3 win over William Chrisman Tuesday.
Savidge won his singles game 10-1 and was part of a No. 1 doubles team which trumped Chrisman 8-1.
Fielder, Truman’s No. 2 player, won his singles match 10-4, No. 3 Cooper Mangels won 10-4, No. 4 Trent Fiene won 10-2 and No. 6 Austin Stafford won 10-4 for Truman.
For Chrisman, No. 5 Shaun Anderson won the team’s lone singles match 10-1. The No. 2 doubles team of Taniela Faletau and Jose Mendoza won 8-3 and the No. 3 squad of Brett Wilson and Anderson won 8-5.
Truman’s junior varsity won 8-1.
“The first thing I think of when describing Truman's team is a reflection of their Coach Scott Lett,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “They are consistent and gutsy. They generally get two of three in varsity doubles which allows them to win team dual matches with singles splits between all six positions.”
“Blake Savidge is one of the best players, singles or doubles, so we needed other players to step up and pick up Taniela Faletau just in case he caught Blake on a day where he fought his own errors.”
GRAIN VALLEY 8, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 1: Grain Valley got its toughest Missouri River Valley Conference West game to date.
Even then they only lost one match during another MRVC West win which helped the Eagles improve to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
In singles play, No. 2 singles player Alex Schnurr won 8-4, No. 3 Kellen Holland won 8-1, No. 4 Addison Arnold won 8-2, No. 5 Ethan Caley won 8-5 and No. 6 Andrew Schmitt won 8-3.
In doubles play the No. 1 team of Schnurr and Colton Campball won 8-3, the No. 2 team of Holland and Arnold won 8-0 and the No. 3 duo of Caley and Jake Rogers won 8-6.
“Our top matches were close,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “Alex went down 4-3 and won the next four. It shows he got a little better. We had a little bit of jet lag from playing this weekend vs. Kirksville. Some of the guys had to play under some stress but hopefully we come back and recover.”
TRUMAN INVITATIONAL: Blue Springs took second place in the eighth annual Truman Invitational Saturday.
Blake Summer took first in the singles A bracket and Dakota Allen took second in singles B. Jackson Riggs took fourth in singles B, Gabe Roye and Jordan Warner took fifth in doubles A and Cameran Handy and Jorge Martinez took sixth in doubles B for the Wildcats.
For Chrisman, Faletau went 1-2 in singles A, Mendoza went 0-2 in singles B, Austin Twenter and Heyer went 1-2 in doubles A and Anderson and Wilson were 2-1 in doubles B.