The Blue Springs South girls tennis team jumped out to a 2-1 lead in doubles play and never looked back in a 7-2 non-conference win over William Chrisman Tuesday.
The Jaguars No. 1 doubles team of Khiara Cox and Jasmine Tucker won 8-3 and the No. 3 duo of Ashley Cooper and Sumerlyn Vorachek won 8-0.
In singles play, Cox won 8-2, Tucker won 8-1, Cooper won 8-4, Natalie Nelson won 8-2 and Vorachek won 8-1.
“In what was one of the most humid matches I can ever recall coaching, our girls hung tough and played hard,” South coach Jake Estep said. “Several of them were whooped when it was all said and done, but it was a great way to set the tone for the year. We had a couple of girls power through some lingering injuries and it was just an all around impressive night for the girls.”
For Chrisman, Tori Gant won 9-7 at No. 1 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Kiara Ashurst and Hunter Taylor won 8-5.
“I have so much respect for Coach Estep and Coach Mooney and the strong program they have created at South,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “My girls knew how tough today would be but we didn't flinch.”
On Friday, Chrisman gave Kearney a strong challenge in a non-conference contest, but fell 6-3 Friday.
The No. 2 doubles team of Tori Gant and Hunter Taylor earned an 8-2 victory, Gant claimed an 8-6 win in No. 1 singles and No. 6 singles player Laurie Douglas won 8-4 for Chrisman.
“Returning No. 1 player Tori Gant won a tough match,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Her mental composure was awesome even though she battled her physical inconsistencies. We just think the world of her."
ST. TERESA’S ACADEMY 8, BLUE SPRINGS 1: Blue Springs girls tennis coach Jennifer Kramer said she knew St. Teresa’s Academy would be among her team’s toughest opponents in 2019.
That proved to be true in a loss to the Stars Tuesday.
Blue Springs No. 1 tennis player Bentley Walters was the only winner in a 8-4 victory in singles action.