A day after a conference win over Lee’s Summit North, the Blue Springs girls tennis team kept it close against area power Lee’s Summit West.
The Wildcats fell 8-1 to the TItans but the matches were closer than it looked.
“The girls kept it close in nearly every match but they just couldn’t get over the hump,” Wildcats coach Jody McClain said. “It could’ve easily been 6-3 or 5-4. It was a tough match but we can learn from this.”
Caitlyn Sporing earned the Wildcats’ lone win, topping Tristin Caskey 10-4 in No. 1 singles.
No. 2 Bentley Walters was just a service break away from winning, but fell 10-8. No. 3 Allie Brown lost 10-7.
Walters and Brown were up 7-4 in their No. 1 doubles match but fell 9-8 after losing a 7-2 tiebreaker. Sporing and freshman Malina McGaw lost 8-5 in No. 2 doubles.
On Monday, Blue Springs won five of six singles matches to claim a 7-2 victory over Lee’s Summit North.
Jenna Pope rallied from a 5-2 deficit to claim a 10-8 win over Ashley Borron in No. 5 singles, and McGaw won 10-4 at No. 4 to help spark the Wildcats.
“We beat them only 5-4 last year, and (North coach) Stu Reece has a deep program with about 40 players out, so they have tough players in the lower seeds,” Blue Springs coach Jody McClain said. “I was proud of Jenna and Malina. They were really putting the ball back over the net quite a bit. This was a good conference win.”
Sporing (10-0), Bentley Walters (10-2) and Brown (10-2) swept the top three singles spots for the Wildcats (3-0, 1-0 Suburban Big Six). Walter and Brown teamed for an 8-6 win in No. 1 doubles and Sporing and McGaw won 8-0 in No. 2.
Johnalia Hall won 10-4 in singles and combined with Borron for an 8-3 No. 3 doubles win for Lee’s Summit North.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 7, OAK PARK 2: A sweep in doubles jump-started William Chrisman to a Suburban Middle Seven win over the host Oakies Tuesday.
The No. 1 doubles team of Tori Gant and Nicole Eppert won 8-4, the No. 2 tandem of Ally Cook and Katie Schaefer won 8-2, and Kiara Ashurst and Emma Place rolled to a 8-1 win.
In singles play, Cook (8-4), Eppert (8-2), Ashurst (8-3) and Place (8-4) earned victories to cap the big win.
"We really played hard tonight for one our captains (Izzy Jaynes), who didn't play,” Chrisman coach Jason Grubb said. “She's endured a couple of years of losses to Oak Park that we needed to atone for. Nicole looked good in both her singles and doubles matches and Tori played tough all day. Emma Place really stepped up into the varsity spots by winning both singles and doubles in only her second and third varsity matches. Finally, I can't speak enough about Kiara moving to 17-0 combined varsity matches this season."
Chrisman’s junior varsity also won 7-2.
PARK HILL 7, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 2: Jaguars head coach Jake Estep said it was a mentally taxing day for his girls tennis players as they lost three out of four tiebreakers in a defeat to the Trojans in Suburban Big Six Conference action Tuesday.
“If we win those three tiebreakers, we win the overall match 5-4,” Estep said. “So, it was a much closer match tonight than the final score indicated.”
Klosener won 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 in singles play and the doubles team of Cox and Tucker won 8-2.
LEE’S SUMMIT 9, TRUMAN 0: The Patriots couldn’t get much going against the Tigers in a non-conference loss Tuesday.
GRAIN VALLEY 5, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 4: The Eagles won two out of three doubles matches and took three singles matches, including a win by Ryan Deaton at No. 1, to capture a non-conference win over the Tigers Monday.
BARSTOW TOURNAMENT: The Grain Valley and Blue Springs South girls tennis teams made strong showings in the Barstow Tournament Monday.
Led by an A flight doubles championship by Ryan Deaton and Kendra Sibert, Grain Valley captured second place as a team.
Blue Springs South had a pair of second-place finishes to claim third place as a team.
Deaton and Sibert edged South’s Francesca Klosener and Grace Allen 10-8 in the A doubles championship match. Klosener and Allen had a win over Lee’s Summit and two wins over Barstow to make it to the final.
Jasmine Tucker took second in B singles, while Khiara Cox went 1-2 in A singles for the Jaguars.
Alyssa Owens (A singles) and Maddie Shields (B singles) each finished third for Grain Valley, while Bailey McCay and Mackensie Wagner finished fourth in B doubles.