The Blue Springs South tennis team got its conference and home schedule off to a good start.
The Jaguars won four of six singles matches to seal a 6-3 Suburban Big Seven victory over Park Hill Tuesday in their home opener at Young Park.
The No. 1 doubles team of Savana Martin and Sierra Mann and No. 2 of Tiffany Davenport and Nicole Nelson each won 8-3 to put the Jaguars ahead 2-1 heading into singles.
Davenport bounced back from a 6-3 first-set loss to beat Park Hill’s Kansas Dreps 6-2 in the second set and 10-3 in the super tiebreaker for a No. 1 singles win. Martin cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2, and Nelson (6-3, 6-2) and Gillian Henson (7-5, 6-4) prevailed in straight sets at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Henson’s win clinched the victory.
South dropped the junior varsity match 5-4.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 9, RUSKIN 0: A young Chrisman team swept singles to complete a shutout of Ruskin Tuesday in its season opener at Santa Fe Trail Park.
Katie Schaefer (7-5), Ally Cook (6-1), Atlanta Petty (6-2), Hannah Kimbrough (6-2), Josie Rodriguez (6-0) and Mackenzie Bloodworth (6-4) all won in singles.
Cook teamed with Celeste Cummings for a 7-5 No. 1 doubles win, and Juliette Anderson and Nicole Eppert (6-1) and Patty Ayala and Dana Crosby (6-0) also won for the Bears (1-0).
“I was very pleased with the team's play overall considering that only four of the players had ever played a high school match before,” Bears coach Jason Grubb said.
On Wednesday, the tables were turned on the Bears as they fell 9-0 against an experienced Kearney team.
The No. 1 doubles team of Schaefer and Anderson came the closest to victory with an 8-3 loss.
"The hardest part of the team dual was meeting with Celeste Cummins and Nicole Eppert, two new players after their varsity losses,” Grubb said. “They want to be great already in only their second career matches. I love the passion exhibited by Ally Cook, Juliette Anderson and Atlanta Petty as well. The biggest takeaway was that we played better doubles while limiting directed shots to the opposing net players.”
BLUE SPRINGS 9, STALEY 0: Blue Springs got its season of to a great start, shutting out the Falcons Wednesday on the road.
The Wildcats had to wait an hour after the initial start time due to Staley staff having to dry the courts that were soaked after a storm.
“I was impressed the way the girls stepped up to play their first match and building confidence in their game,” Blue Springs coach Jody McClain said. “It was nice to play and get it in after three weeks of practice. They are really coming together as a team really like what I see.”
No. 1 tennis player Caitlyn Sporing won 10-4, No. 2 Bently Walters won 10-2, No. 3 Faith Baker won 10-3, No. 4 Connor Ewens 10-8, No. 5 Emily Baldwin won 10-8 and Kylie Paredes won 10-4.
The No. 1 doubles team of Sporing and Walters won 8-2, the No. 2 doubles team Baker and Baldwin won 8-3 and the No. 3 team of Ewens and Paredes won 9-7.
PEMBROKE HILL 5, GRAIN VALLEY 4: The Eagles No. 4 singles player Kendra Sibert made a strong effort to give her team the win as her game was the deciding match.
She came back from a 6-3 deficit to tie it at 6-6, before falling 8-6 and Grain Valley ultimately fell to the Raiders Wednesday.
The No. 1 singles team of Carly Hofstetter and Kaylee Smith also came close to winning. The duo made it to match point but ended up falling 9-8 (7-5).
“We got a lot of things to practice but overall it was a positive night,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “We had some kids who had really good nights. We split two tiebreakers and that’s tough.”
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 9, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 0: Lee’s Summit North was no match for crosstown rival Lee’s Summit West Tuesday.
Kaylie Rock came the closest to a win, falling 8-4 to Megan Demo in No. 2 singles. West’s Kelen Caskey topped Adriana Cok 8-2 in No. 1 singles.
“Lee’s Summit West was just way too strong,” North coach Stu Reece said. “They are the favorites to represent the KC area at the state tournament this year and it is easy to see why. Just too many weapons for us.”
On Monday, Lee’s Summit North opened its season with a 9-0 home loss to traditional power St. Teresa’s Academy.
Rock fell 10-6 to Ellen Mason at No. 2 singles. Rock and Cok dropped an 8-4 decision in No. 1 doubles.