The William Chrisman girls tennis team dominated rival Truman Thursday, but Bears coach Jason Grubb was impressed by the Patriots’ fight.
Tori Gant topped Rian Caswell 8-0 in No. 1 singles and teamed with Hunter Taylor for an 8-1 No. 2 doubles victory to help Chrisman to a 9-0 victory at Santa Fe Trail Park.
"My favorite thing about our match today was watching the final seventh novice level match finish up and seeing the spirit Truman was showing to their teammates battling in what is generally devoid of spectators,” Grubb said. “The Pats fought hard today against my girls today and even though we got a convincing overall win, I saw lots of things that should make Coach (Scott) Lett happy."
Nicole Eppert (8-0), Kiara Ashurst (8-1), Emma Place (8-2), Taylor (8-1) and Laurie Douglas (8-0) completed the sweep in singles.
Eppert and Ashurst won 8-0 in No. 1 doubles and Place and Douglas won 8-1 in No. 3.
Chrisman also won the junior varsity match 9-0.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 5, LIBERTY NORTH 4: Blue Springs South coach Jake Estep was on the money about his pre-match prediction Thursday.
The Jaguars won two of three doubles matches and split singles to edge the Eagles Thursday.
“We knew going into the match that we're always a pretty similar skilled team to Liberty North, and I even told the girls before the match, ‘This will probably be a 5-4 or a 6-3 match, let's make sure we're on the winning side,’ so it felt nice to see that come to fruition.” Estep said.
Khiara Cox and Jasmine Tucker rallied for an 8-5 win in No. 1 doubles and the No. 3 team of Ashley Cooper and Sumerlyn Vorachek held off a rally to win 9-8 on a 7-5 tiebreaker.
In singles, Tucker (8-3) and Natalie Nelson (8-4) won and Hannah Tawney (8-6) stepped up from junior varsity for an 8-6 win to lift the Jaguars to the victory.
“The hero of the night was Hannah Tawney. Our No. 6 had to step out of singles due to an illness and Hannah stepped in,” Estep said. “She played a beautiful match and with the team tied at 4-all, Hannah delivered us the fifth win we needed. It was a great showing.”
South’s junior varsity lost 6-3.
GRAIN VALLEY 7, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 2: Grain Valley swept doubles on the way to a season-opening win over the visiting Broncos Wednesday.
Alyssa Owens and Ryan Deaton won in No. 1 doubles, and Mackensie Wagner and Maddie Shields and Alice Lin and Chelsey Gorden completed the doubles sweep.
“Our team got a strong start and won all three varsity doubles matches. A lot of our girls were behind early in singles, but they were able to fight back and, ultimately, we won the match,” Eagles coach Blake Thorne said.
Owens (10-6), Deaton (11-9), Wagner (10-6) and Shields (10-6) also won in singles for Grain Valley.
Morgan McGurk (10-6) and Lauren Draney (11-9) won in singles for North.