Platte County tennis routs Liberty North to stay unbeaten

Platte County remained unbeaten on the young season with a second straight nonconference victory Monday, Aug. 31 in Liberty, Mo. The Pirates swept Liberty North 9-0, beating the Eagles for a third straight time and improved to 8-1 against them all time. Rachel Valentine, Platte County’s new No. 1, keyed the effort with a win against Holly Hawkins, who owned five singles victories against the Pirates during the past two years.

Hawkins trailed 4-2 before defaulting due to heat.

“I honestly thought we were going to be really evenly matched based on the number of players they had coming back, but we came out playing really good tennis,” Platte County coach Zach Keith said. “We looked better than we have all year, so I was really encouraged by the performance. We jumped on top of them early in singles, and once we got up early in the hot conditions, we played with a lot of confidence the rest of the day.”

Platte County 8, Oak Park 1

The Pirates started the season with a second consecutive victory on Tuesday, Aug. 25, going 5-1 in singles to secure the win early at Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo.

Valentine, Madalyn Ivy, Stephanie Laures, No. 4 Hannah Valentine and No. 5 Aliya Harsh all recorded victories and were unbeaten on the day after the Pirates swept the doubles matches. Harsh teamed with Lauren Laderoute for a win at No. 3 doubles.