SPRINGFIELD – It was a good weekend for the Lee’s Summit North tennis team at the Class 2 state championships Oct. 24-26 at Cooper Tennis Complex, Springfield.
The Broncos, 22-1, swung to a team state title with a 5-3 victory over undefeated Columbia Rock Bridge Oct. 24.
“After the Jefferson City match, we all sat down and talked about how much more focus and energy it would take to beat Rock Bridge in the finals,” Lee’s Summit North head coach Stuart Reece said. “Right from the start of the match vs. Rock Bridge, I knew the Bruins were in for a long afternoon. On each of the six singles courts, our girls just had a very confident look about them.”
Sophomore Logan Morrissey started out singles play with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Phoebe Boeschen and junior Camryn Parnell followed with a 6-3 and 6-4 win over Sophi Farid.
Senior Vilune Sestokaite lost her match 6-7 (7-2), 6-4 and 6-2 to Allison baker, but junior Jenny Krause followed with a 4-6, 7-5 and 6-2 win over Tess Lovig.
Senior Alyson Moore lost her match to Hannah Pohl 4-6, 6-2 and 7-5, but junior Beta Lear finished singles with a win over Ronni Faird 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2. The Broncos were ahead 4-2 going into doubles play.
Morrissey and Parnell clinched the victory in the doubles match with a 6-4 and 6-4 win over Boeschen and Sophi Faird.
“It was so important that the other doubles teams played so hard, because it kept Rock Bridge from closing the score while Camryn and Logan took the first set 6-4,” Reece said. “In the second set, they continued to play well capturing a 6-4, 6-4 win just seconds after Beta and Jenny had lost at No. 3 doubles.”
In the semifinals earlier that day, Lee’s Summit North took down Jefferson City 5-2.
Starting out in singles, Morrissey defeated Kelly Raithel 6-3 and 6-3, followed by a loss from Parnell to Paige Smith 7-5 and 7-6 (10-8).
Sestokaite won her match to Eden Hoogveld 7-5 and 6-3, as did Krause to Kirsten Schmidt 6-0 and 6-2 and Moore to Athira Nambiar 6-1 and 6-2.
Lear finished with a loss to Haley Snellen 6-2 and 6-2, but the Broncos were ahead 4-2 going into doubles.
Morrissey and Parnell won it for Lee’s Summit North with a 6-0 and 6-4 win over Smith and Hoogveld.
“Our team motto for the season was ‘One Team, One Dream,’” Reece said. “That motto couldn't have fit our season any more perfectly. It took an amazing effort by each and every girl on the team in the biggest match of their careers.”
Morrissey and Parnell also finished second in the doubles tournament, losing the championship match to Kirkwood’s Sarah Stuhlmann and Bridget Mayfield 6-0 and 7-6 (7-5).
The Bronco duo won the first round with a 6-1 and 6-0 win over Incarnate Word Academy’s Katie Winkler and Jessica Stumpf and the quarterfinals 6-1 and 6-0 over St. Joseph’s Academy’s Mary Burger and Olivia Conway.
In the semifinals, Morrissey and Parnell defeated Liberty’s Cassidy Paul and Gretchen Ohlhausen 6-0 and 6-1.
Lee’s Summit’s Tess Herder captured a Class 2 singles state title with a 6-1 and 6-1 victory over St. Joseph’s Academy’s Caroline Pozo in the championship match.
Herder flew through the bracket, defeating Parkview’s Abbey Belote in the first round 6-0 and 6-0, Ft. Zumwalt South’s Eva Smejkalova 6-0 and 6-3 in the quarterfinals and Ladue Horton Watkins’ Camden Newton 6-0 and 6-2 in the semifinals.