The Blue Springs South tennis team celebrated Senior Night with a strong showing.
The Jaguars swept doubles on the way to an 8-1 home victory over St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Tuesday at Young Park.
“It was a great Senior Night for us with strong performances across the board,” Jaguars coach Jake Estep said. “St. Michael is a pretty new program and they had some great players tonight push our girls in a few spots. It was nice to see the girls come out and take care of business and get wins in spots that they should have. We finally get a few consecutive days to practice for the first time in about a month before kicking off the last week of regular season play next week.”
Khiara Cox and Jasmine Tucker won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, while Francesca Klosener and Hannah Tawney won 8-4 at No. 2. Natalie Nelson and Sumerlyn Vorachek completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win.
Cox (10-8), Tucker (10-2), Nelson (injury default), Vorachek (10-0) and Tawney (10-3) also won in singles.
Libby Welman battled Klosener for a 10-7 victory in No. 1 singles for St. Michael’s lone win.
Blue Springs South’s junior varsity cruised to a 9-0 win.
GRAIN VALLEY 9, WINNETONKA 0: Grain Valley cruised to a Suburban Small Seven victory over visiting Winnetonka Tuesday.
Alyssa Owens downed Grace Cohalla 10-2 in No. 1 singles and teamed with Ryan Deaton for a 10-0 rout in No. 1 doubles to lead the Eagles to the victory.
“Our girls got a strong start in doubles and were able to carry that momentum throughout singles,” Eagles coach Blake Thorne said after his team improved to 6-1 in dual matches. “We are very happy with how the girls are playing at this point in the season and are excited that, with this win, they remain undefeated in conference play (3-0).”
The Eagles dropped only six games combined in the nine matches. Mackensie Wagner and Alice Lin (10-1) and Maddie Shields and Chelsea Gorden (10-0) completed the sweep in doubles.
Deaton (10-1), Wagner (10-0), Shields (10-0), Gorden (10-0) and Hailey Bowlin (10-2) also won in singles.
BLUE SPRINGS 8, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 1: Blue Springs swept doubles on the way to Suburban Big Six road win Tuesday.
Bentley Walters and Malina McGaw won 8-1 in No. 1 doubles, while the teams of Allie Brown and Molly Hocker (8-3) and Danielle Bond and Jamie Bowman (8-6) also prevailed.
Walters blanked her opponent 10-0 in No. 1 singles. Brown, McGaw, Bond and Hocker also won in singles, all by a 10-2 score as Blue Springs improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 9, NORTH KANSAS CITY 0: Chrisman’s rearranged doubles teams swept North Kansas City to help the Bears stay unbeaten in Suburban Middle Seven Conference play.
Tori Gant and Nicole Eppert won 8-2 in No. 1 doubles, Emma Place and Laurie Douglas triumphed 9-7 and Hunter Taylor and Emily Mendoza won 8-3 as the Bears improved to 3-0 in the league and 7-3 overall in dual matches.
Gant (8-1), Eppert (8-2), Place (8-6), Taylor (8-4), Douglas (8-0) and Krystal Olson (8-1) swept singles.
"Today, Emma stepped up with 2 close victories for us in singles and doubles. She's had so many close losses this year so it was good to get those,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Also, Tori Gant's wins got her up to 15 singles and 23 total wins this season and Laurie Douglas’ win got her up to 25 total. Those two have been as consistent as any coach could ask for. We rearranged doubles again and it worked out well for the overall result."
The Chrisman junior varsity claimed a 6-3 win.
BLUE SPRINGS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT: Grain Valley had one first-place finish and two fourths to finish third in the Blue Springs Doubles Tournament last Friday.
Seniors Hailey Bowlin and Tori Seever captured first in D flight, while the A flight team of Ryan Deaton and Alyssa Owens and the B flight duo of Mackensie Wagner and Alice Lin each finished fourth.
Grain Valley totaled 20 points to finish behind Jefferson City (23) and Lee’s Summit North (22)
“This tournament was a great opportunity for our girls to play some great competition. All of our girls had good showings,” Grain Valley coach Blake Thorne said. “It was especially exciting for Hailey Bowlin and Tori Seever to take first in D flight doubles. They are both seniors who have worked hard this season, so it was great to see their hard work rewarded with a first place finish.”
Blue Springs South, led by a first-place finish in C flight from Natalie Nelson and Sumerlyn Vorachek, finished fourth with 18 points. Khiara Cox and Jasmine Tucker also took third in B flight for the Jaguars.
Host Blue Springs took sixth, as Bentley Walters and Allie Brown went 3-0 to capture first place in A flight to lead the Wildcats..
WINNETONKA TOURNAMENT: William Chrisman earned a first-place finish, a second and two thirds to take third place as a team in the Winnetonka Tournament Saturday.
Laurie Douglas went 3-0 to win first place B flight singles, topping Oak Park’s Summer Murphy in the final. Tori Gant finished second in A flight singles, losing only in the finals in a tiebreaker to Maisie Markowitz of St. Pius X.
The A flight doubles team of Nicole Eppert and Emma Place and the B flight duo of Kiara Ashurst and Hunter Taylor each finished third with 2-1 records.
“Tori Gant almost had the talented girl from St. Pius X in the A singles final, except she left a few balls short that the other girl aggressively capitalized on,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “Her tiebreaker loss is her second of the season and the only losses she has had, both in tournament play. She has been great. Also, Laurie Douglas in the B singles bracket again did her magic. … I cannot say enough about her tenacity on the court.”