Chase Ruddell and Matt Perry had just finished a tense 10-game pro set of tennis against McKay Paialii and Anthony Laughlin as a ball from Perry rose high in the sky and landed near Truman coach Tara Corwin sitting in the bleachers at Santa Fe Trail Park.

Chase Ruddell and Matt Perry had just finished a tense 10-game pro set of tennis against McKay Paialii and Anthony Laughlin as a ball from Perry rose high in the sky and landed near Truman coach Tara Corwin sitting in the bleachers at Santa Fe Trail Park.

Truman’s Perry hit the ball in disgust after a close 11-9 loss in No. 1 doubles that ended the Patriots’ 7-2 team win Wednesday over William Chrisman. Truman pretty much had their way with a revamped Chrisman team, although that was of little consequence to Perry or Ruddell, who also lost 10-8 to Paialii in No. 1 singles play.

Perry downed Laughlin 10-4 in No. 2 singles.

“It was fun,” Perry said. “We kind of fell apart there at the end, but we battled the entire time. We’ve lost twice in No. 1 doubles so we have to work on our doubles play, but hopefully we can get those victories next week.”

Added Ruddell: “It was nice, but I think we could have played a little better than that. We played pretty well. It was a tough loss. We tried hard, but I guess we didn’t get it at the end.”

Paialii was pleased with his individual performance, and the play of his doubles partner Laughlin.

“Today was kind of anybody’s game,” Paialii said. “It was whoever came to play, you know? Chase and his partner are great players. They came to compete as well as we did. We just had to maintain that focus at the end of the game and pull it out.”

Bears coach Nathan Mooney was also happy with the play of his No. 1 doubles team.

“It was a good match,” he said. “I was probably most impressed with Anthony. He won his serve every single time. When it got tough, he put it in play, and they were able to play it out. I was really happy with the way he’s grown from last year to this year and be able to come through in that type of match.”

Corwin said she’ll use Wednesday’s loss by Ruddell and Perry as a teaching tool to get better.

“We’re getting better with our doubles,” she said. “That’s always kind of been a weak spot for us, and we’re just trying to get better and better. It’s not about the strokes or the level of play, it’s about the strategy.

“Our kids kind of struggle with when to hold off, when to go ahead and try to get a winning shot and when to just keep it in. That’s always hurts us. It was a great match, no doubt. Both sides played well.”

Overall, Corwin was happy with the Patriots’ second win in two matches to open the season.

“I was real pleased with their play,” Corwin said. “We knew Chrisman was a little down this year, and I told the kids that they needed to come out with their heads up and do the job and they did a good job with that.”

Zach Felz (10-0), Mason Short (10-2), Andy Muellman (10-1) and Nathan Harkins (10-3) all won in singles for Truman and Felz and Brett Fredenberg teamed up in No 2.  doubles for a 10-1 win.

Short and Harkins also won in No. 3 doubles 10-2.