Jaguars sweep doubles to stop Chrisman

By The Examiner staff

The Blue Springs South girls tennis team used a doubles sweep as momentum Wednesday.

The result was an 8-1 victory over William Chrisman.

“The girls had a great night against William Chrisman, coming out and sweeping doubles before heading into singles,” Jaguars coach Jake Estep said. “Starting a match off 3-0 is always a huge momentum wave to ride into singles and the girls used the momentum to take five of six singles matches. The girls played hard and rebounded well after last night's close 5-4 loss (to Lee’s Summit). It was awesome to see them respond in such a positive way.”

Ashley Cooper and Sumerlyn Vorachek topped Chrisman’s Tori Gant and Laurie Douglas 8-4 in No. 1 doubles. Abby Klassen and Natalie Nelson teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 2, and Molly Wells and Emma Weir won 8-3 at No. 3 for South (1-1).

Gant topped Cooper 8-4 in No. 1 singles for Chrisman’s win.

"Tori Gant started off her senior year with a strong win over a quality player,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “I think Sumerlyn and Ashley from Blue Springs South particularly are among the better players in the KC metro but their team was ready throughout the lineup tonight. We were missing our No. 2, Kiara Ashurst, at a college visit, so we knew that our girls would have to step up and they definitely did. In singles, our girls were in all of the matches with tons of chances to come out with wins after moving up in the lineup. But doubles is what really killed us. We needed to play better in the middle games of those doubles matches.”

Vorachek (8-3), Klassen (8-6), Nelson (8-2), Wells (8-1) and Weir (8-6) claimed singles wins for South.

The Jaguars also prevailed 9-0 in the junior varsity match.

Only a tiebreaker loss in No. 2 doubles kept Blue Springs South from a season-opening win Tuesday.

South’s Klassen and Nelson dropped a 7-1 tiebreaker to Lee’s Summit’s Meghan Dean and Grace Davis in the 9-8 loss. The Tigers won two of three in doubles to offset the split in singles.

“We had a late lead but fell short at the end and left me and the girls saying what if?” Estep said. “We had a few girls playing their first ever match at the varsity level and they played their tails off. It was a promising start for this young group.”

Wells and Weir claimed an 8-4 win in No. 3 doubles. Wells (8-3), Vorachek (9-7) and Nelson (8-2) won in singles for South.

The Jaguars claimed a 5-4 win in the junior varsity match.

WILLIAM CHRISMAN 6, PLATTE COUNTY 3: Chrisman won four of six singles to add to a 2-1 advantage in doubles for a non-conference road win Thursday.

No. 2 Kiara Ashurst returned after missing Wednesday’s match and claimed an 8-1 singles win and teamed with Tori Gant for an 8-6 No. 1 doubles victory.

Gant prevailed 8-3 in No. 1 singles, and Laurie Douglas (8-1) and Emma Place (8-6) also added singles wins.

Douglas and Krystal Olsen won 8-4 in No. 2 doubles.

“Getting Kiara back … helped lengthen our lineup,” Bears coach Jason Grubb said. “Laurie and Krystal were strong in doubles and Tori and Kiara used their tough doubles win together to gain momentum for big singles wins. But it was nice to get the team win.”

Chrisman’s junior varsity fell 7-2.

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 7, GRAIN VALLEY 2: For the second time in two matches, the Lee’s Summit North girls tennis team swept in doubles play.

That propelled the Broncos to another victory as they downed visiting Grain Valley 7-2 Tuesday.

Grain Valley, playing its season opener, kept it close with some tight matches but North improved to 2-0.

Kelly Connolly and Morgan McGurk needed a 7-4 tiebreaker win to down Chelsea Gorden and Finley LaForge 9-8 in No. 1 doubles, and Riley Young and Sarah Green prevailed 8-6 in No. 2 for North. Katie Langle and Lauren Draney completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win.

Young rallied from an 8-3 deficit at No. 2 singles to edge LaForge 7-1 in the tiebreaker for an 11-10 win.

“Riley Young played one of her best matches by staying calm and pulling off a huge comeback win,” Broncos coach Stu Reece said,

Gorden also needed a tiebreaker to top North’s Connolly 9-8 (7-4) in No. 1 singles. Bailey Jinkens won 10-7 at No. 5 for the Eagles’ other win.

Green (10-8), McGurk (10-3) and Kristina Parrish (10-6) also won in singles for the Broncos.

North’s junior varsity claimed an 8-1 win.

GRAIN VALLEY 9, WARRENSBURG 0: Grain Valley bounced back from the loss to North with a rout of visiting Warrensburg on Wednesday.

Chelsea Gorden (8-6), Finley LaForge (8-5), Kennedi McCord (8-2), Kylee Bragaw (8-4), Bailey Jinkens (8-1) and Emma Thiessen (8-6) claimed singles wins for the Eagles (1-1).

“I was pleased with our progress,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “We just have to keep getting better.”

Gordon and Finley, McCord and Thiessen and Bragaw and Ali Crocker teamed to sweep doubles.

TRUMAN 7, WINNETONKA 2: Playing its third match in as many days didn’t stop Truman from claiming its first win of the season.

Led by Emily Binnicker’s 8-6 win in the No. 1 pairing, the Patriots swept singles play to improve to 1-2 with a win over Winnetonka.

"This team showed tons and fight and grit to play the way they did,” Truman coach Scott Lett said. “It was our third match in three days. After two tough losses, it's difficult for players to make adjustments and fine tune strokes during match play, but they did. They really showed their mental toughness and will to win. We have a great group of players, with captains that set the tone. Sweeping singles to start the day was stellar. We hope to keep it rolling."

Carolyn Schultz (8-4), Rachel Malelega (8-4), Kaleigh Harger (8-6), Michelle Gonzalez (8-0) and Adrianne Simmons (8-3) completed the singles sweep.

Binnicker and Gonzalez won 8-2 at No. 2 for Truman’s lone doubles win.

Truman also won the junior varsity match 8-1.

Despite an 8-1 loss to a strong North Kansas City program in Tuesday’s opener, Lett was pleased with his team’s season debut.

“I saw a lot of positives today. Players working on things that we’ve been focusing on in practice, drills and challenge matches – doubles teams working together, communicating, and implementing strategies,” Lett said. “We had some hard fought wins and tough losses. Today was step one of a season-long journey. We got better today, and we know we need to improve each and every day. We look forward to that.” 

Gonzalez captured the Patriots’ lone win, 8-6 in No. 5 singles. Schultz and Malelega suffered a close 9-7 loss in No. 1 doubles.

Northtown won 7-2 in the junior varsity match.

The Patriots then lost 9-0 in varsity and junior varsity to St. Joseph Central on Wednesday. Gonzalez came the closest to a win with an 8-4 loss.