Suburban tennis roundup: Platte County takes 1st at Chrisman tourney

Karlee Chase left this year’s William Chrisman Tournament with a pair of medals.

One of them was from last year when she took second place, but the more important one came when she got her first-place medal this year.

Her first-place finish helped Platte County take the team title, winning by two points, 23 to 21, to beat William Chrisman in the eight-team field.

The Pirates lost the title last year on a tiebreaker, but this year wins in the A and C flight helped the Pirates get 16 of the 21 points. The other points came from a runner-up finish in the B flight.

Chase and Sydney Bales, a senior, won the A flight, getting a 10-8 tiebreaker against Tori Gant and Nicole Eppert, rallying from a 10-8 deficit.

Chase got a 6-5 win over Gant in the singles portion, including taking the tiebreaker. Eppert got a 6-1 win against Bales to set up the doubles match.

Senior Annie Archibald and junior Emma Murray finished second for the Pirates in the B flight, falling in singles action against Kiara Ashurst and Hunter Taylor, respectively.

With the sweep by the Bears in singles, no doubles match was needed.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo  Platte County’s Karlee Chase returns a volley against William Chrisman’s Tori Gant during a match at the William Chrisman Tournament on Friday, Sept. 6 at Santa Fe Trail Park.

CODY THORN/Citizen photo

Platte County’s Karlee Chase returns a volley against William Chrisman’s Tori Gant during a match at the William Chrisman Tournament on Friday, Sept. 6 at Santa Fe Trail Park.

In the C flight, sophomores Sophie Curtis and Molly McBratney won by beating Oak Park’s Maleigha Billings and Sabreen Abaan, 10-8. In the singles portion, McBartney got a 6-2 win against Aban, while Curtis lost 6-0, which set up the doubles match.

“I felt like all day long, we got better and better,” Platte County coach Zach Keith said. “I told the girls, a lot of time in daylong tournaments you see the quality go down throughout the day. I felt they were playing better and better and finished, obviously, playing their best tennis of the day and it was outstanding.

“This is definitely encouraging. I felt like we hadn’t played our best yet and that definitely took our best to win. I hope we can keep to improving like that moving forward as we start to play even tougher competition.”

Other matches

St. Teresa’s Academy 9, Park Hill South 0

The Stars picked up another win against Park Hill South this season, the latest showdown coming on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the Plaza Tennis Courts.

The closest match was Chloe Norris vs. Lauren Adriano at No. 1 singles, with Adriano winning 9-7.

STA won by 8-0 or 8-1 in four of the nine matches.

Notre Dame de Sion 6, Park Hill 3

The Trojans lost a matchup with the Storm on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Barry Park in Kansas City North.

Notre Dame took a 2-1 lead after doubles, with the Trojans getting a win from the No. 3 doubles team of Elizabeth Appel and Audrey Lynn, 9-7. In singles, Lynn got an 8-1 decision against Elizabeth Finn and Grace Yu won, 8-2, against Holly Frey at No. 5 doubles.

Park Hill South 7, Lee’s Summit North 2

The Panthers picked up a victory at home against the Broncos on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Chloe Norris/Vivian Hamilton and Sydney Dial/Nicki Matthews got wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, respectively.

In singles play, Norris, Hamilton, Dial, Matthews and Kat Nichols got wins in singles.

Platte County 5, Oak Park 4

The Pirates won a sixth straight meeting against the Lady Oakies, the latest win came on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in Platte City.

Platte County trailed 2-1 after doubles, getting a win from Karlee Chase and Sydney Bales. In singles, Molly McBratney and Chase won to give Platte County a lead and Annie Archibald then got another win. Oak Park tied the match at 4-4, but sophomore Sophie Curtis got a 9-7 win, coming back from being down 7-4, to secure the team victory.

Park Hill 7, St. Joseph Central 2

The Trojans won five of six singles matches to pick up a win in the season opener on Monday, Sept. 2 at home at Barry Park in Kansas City North.

Park Hill won the opening match of the season for the fourth year in a row. Doubles wins by Sanjana Kotha/Grace Yu at No. 2 (8-2) and Elizabeth Appel/Audrey Lynn at No. 3 (8-1) gave Park Hill the early lead.

In singles, Elise McFee, Kotha, Appel, Yu and Lynn all picked up wins for the Trojans.

Lee’s Summit 6, Platte County 3

The new look Pirates, with only one varsity starter back, dropped the season opener on Monday, Sept. 2.

The Tigers led 2-1 after doubles, with the Pirates getting wins from Karlee Chase and Molly McBratney, at No. 1 and No. 2, in singles play. The other win for Platte County was junior Emma Murray and senior Annie Archibald winning 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.

Great 8 Tournament

Park Hill opened up the 2019 season at the Great 8 Tournament in Columbia.

The Panthers lost 7-2 to St. Teresa’s Academy and 6-3 to Columbia Rock Bridge, the defending Class 2 champions.

 St. Teresa’s Chloe Norris and Vivian Hamilton got wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.

Facing the Bruins, Hamilton got a win in singles. Sydney Dial/Nicki Matthews got a win at No. 2 doubles and Kendra Slaughter/Kat Nichols got a win at No. 3 doubles. 

UP NEXT

Park Hill South: The Panthers faced Staley on Tuesday, Sept. 10 but results weren’t available by press time. The rest of the week will have the Panthers hosting Lee’s Summit West on Sept. 11 then St. Joseph Central on Sept. 12. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Panthers play at the Pembroke Hill Tournament before hosting Kearney on Monday, Sept. 16.

Park Hill: The Trojans will play Oak Park (Sept. 12) and Blue Springs South (Sept. 17) at home at Barry Park.

Platte County: The Pirates will host Staley on Friday, Sept. 13 and then play at Grain Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 17.