The Blue Springs girls tennis team entered Friday’s Class 2 District 14 individual tournament with a pair of No. 1 seeds.
And the Wildcats lived up to that billing, earning the individual singles and doubles district titles at the Metro East Tennis Club.
Senior Caitlyn Sporing went 3-0 to win singles while junior Bentley Walters and sophomore Allie Brown cruised to a 3-0 mark in doubles as both advanced to next Tuesday’s individual sectional matches at Grain Valley.
“The girls played really well,” Blue Springs coach Jody McClain said. “They are very motivated when it comes to the postseason. They’ve been working so hard all year to get to state. And they loved being able to play indoors today.”
The tournament was scheduled for Grain Valley High School but was moved indoors because of rain Friday morning.
Sporing, who finished fourth in the state in Class 2 last year, topped Blue Springs South’s Francesca Klosener 6-0, 6-0 in the singles final and advances to face the District 13 runner-up in Tuesday’s sectional, with the winner of that match advancing to state. Klosener also earns a sectional berth and will meet the District 13 champion for the right to advance to state.
“Francy had a heck of a day,” South coach Jake Estep said of Klosener. “She had a close 7-5 set to start the day in her first match and then just got locked in.”
Klosener topped William Chrisman’s Tori Gant 6-3, 6-0 to reach the final and earn the sectional berth.
“She’s really had a great streak of good play going,” Estep said. “When she can focus in and play with patience, she’s a scary opponent.”
In doubles, Walters and Brown blanked Grain Valley’s Ryan Deaton and Kendra Sibert 8-0 in the final. Both duos advance to Tuesday’s sectional.
Jasmine Tucker and and Khiara Cox finished fourth for Blue Springs South, falling to Deaton and Sibert in a close match in the semifinals.