The Blue Springs boys tennis team had to rally to claim its first conference win of the season.
After falling behind 2-1 following doubles play, Blue Springs rallied with four singles wins to take a 5-4 win against Suburban Big Seven Conference foe Raymore-Peculiar Tuesday at Ray-Pec.
In singles play, No. 1 player Luke David won 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 Josh Gordon won 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; No. 5 Jay’Von McKinney won 6-4, 6-2; and Drew Rudolph won 6-1, 6-3.
The No. 1 doubles team of David and Daniel Gordon won 8-3.
OAK PARK 5, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 4: The Bears played Suburban Middle Six foe Oak Park tough but ultimately fell in a close one Tuesday on the road.
“I really got after my guys on the bus ride over that this Oak Park team beat crosstown Truman earlier this year, but that I thought we'd stack up well against them,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “I was obviously right seeing that we lost another 5-4 battle today.
"If we'd just won that extra singles yesterday, or more importantly the extra doubles today, we'd have knocked off either quality team. I have tons of respect for the play of Oak Park this year and that was almost a monster upset."
In singles play, No. 2 Pierrick Gourlet won 8-5, No. 3 Shaun Anderson won 8-6 and No. 6 Coltyn Weston won 8-4. Brett Wilson and Jose Mendoza got the team’s only doubles win in an 8-6 victory.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 6, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 3: Wyatt Walker had a hand in two wins but it wasn’t enough for Blue Springs South to get past visiting Lee’s Summit West Tuesday at Young Park.
Walker won a 10-8 tiebreaker after rallying from a 7-5 first-set loss to win 6-2 in the second set. He also teamed with Sammy Klosener for an 8-2 win in No. 2 doubles.
Spencer Jorgensen dominated his No. 3 match 6-0, 6-2 for South’s only other win.
South won the junior varsity match 7-2.
LEE’S SUMMIT 5, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 4: Lee’s Summit North nearly spoiled rival Lee’s Summit’s perfect record in dual matches this season but fell one win short Tuesday at North.
Lee’s Summit went 2-1 in doubles and split singles to edge the Broncos.
Luke Parrish and Drew Houk won 8-4 in No. 3 doubles and Parrish – 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) – and Houk – 6-1, 6-1 – both won in singles.
Nick Mathis (6-3, 6-3) had the only other singles win for North (3-3, 3-2 Suburban Big Seven).
"We knew it would be a tough match with Lee’s Summit being so tough at the top of their lineup,” Broncos coach Stu Reece said. “We really needed to win two of the doubles matches or a No. 3 singles to earn the win. I was very pleased with how we played and competed but just came up short in some key moments down the stretch of a couple of matches."
Ethan Henry and Jake Bowne won 8-1 in No. 1 doubles and won both of their singles matches to lead the Tigers (12-0, 5-0).