The Blue Springs South girls tennis team overcame a slow start to sweep doubles on the way to an 8-1 conference win over host Park Hill Tuesday.
Francesca Klosener and Ashley Cooper rallied for a 9-7 win in No. 1 doubles, while Natalie Nelson and Sumerlyn Vorachek overcame a deficit to win a 7-4 tiebreaker for a 9-8 win in No. 3 doubles.
Jasmine Tucker and Khiara Cox cruised to an 8-2 win at No. 2 to give the Jaguars a 3-0 lead after doubles play.
“Our No. 1 doubles team and our No. 3 doubles team were in holes early, both rallied late and won critically important matches to get us going into singles,” Jaguars coach Jake Estep said.
Cox (10-7), Tucker (10-4), Cooper (10-3), Nelson (10-8) and Vorachek (10-5) won in singles.
“Natalie Nelson and Sumerlyn Vorachek both found themselves staring down difficult starts, but once again held strong and got some big wins,” Estep said. “Jasmine Tucker had a similar match but won seven straight games to slam the door. Our girls are just tough mentally. They can hang in there in a long, grueling match and push their opponent when it counts the most.”
Park Hill won the junior varsity match 9-0.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 5, OAK PARK 4: Chrisman took two out of three doubles matches and that was the difference in a narrow victory over Suburban Middle Seven foe Oak Park Tuesday.
In doubles play, the No. 1 duo of Tori Gant and Kiara Ashurst won 8-6 and the No. 3 tandem of Hunter Taylor and Emily Mendoza won 8-5.
In singles Gant won 8-2, Taylor won 8-3 and Laurie Douglas prevailed 8-3.
Chrisman’s junior varsity also won 5-4.
"We were all sitting with the lights starting to come on with how long Nicole Eppert's match at No. 2 singles took,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “She and Emma Place both lost incredibly tough-fought 8-6 singles matches at the end but our team had taken those five wins prior to that point."
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 7, BLUE SPRINGS 2: Allie Brown won in singles and doubles but it wasn’t enough for the Wildcats in a Suburban Big Six road loss to the Titans.
Brown teamed with Molly Hockey for an 8-5 win in No. 2 doubles. Brown then claimed an 8-5 win in No. 2 singles.