Lee’s Summit’s tennis team knew what it was getting into in facing Raymore-Peculiar. The Tigers had played them last week, and they barely eked out a victory.
So Lee’s Summit expected another tough encounter May 14 when they met again in the semifinals of the Class 2 District 13 team tournament at Lee’s Summit West. And that’s what they got as they beat Ray-Pec 7-5 and advanced to the final.
“I believe we were well prepared going into this match,” Lee’s Summit tennis coach Megan Hobbs said. “We barely beat Ray-Pec last Thursday 5-4, and we were more confident on what we needed to do to win this time around.”
The Tigers won the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles matches the last time, and Kevin Glenn, Justin Bowne and Jacob Mahoney came through again. Glenn downed Alex Oberlander, 6-1, 6-4, Bowne beat Clinton Gardner, 6-0, 6-0 and Mahoney topped David Barberis 6-1, 6-2.
The big difference this time came at No. 5 singles, where David Musgrave recorded a hard fought 6-4, 7-5 win over Nino Owens. Musgrave rallied from 4-1 down in the final set for the win.
“David Musgrave got a significant win coming out of singles to put us ahead 4-2 instead of 3-3 like the last time,” Hobbs said. “His win gave our doubles teams some room to breathe.”
Lee’s Summit needed only one doubles match, a 6-1, 6-4 win by Glenn and Bowne over Oberlander and Gardner, to secure the win and advance to the final. Lee’s Summit, 6-8, met undefeated Lee’s Summit West May 15 for the district title. The Titans reached the final with a 6-0 win over Belton in the semifinals.
Lee’s Summit North was eliminated from the Class 2 District 14 tournament with a 5-3 loss to Blue Springs at North. The Broncos won three singles matches, with Jake Handley beating Blake Summers 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3; Ryan Eckmann downing Jordan Young 2-6, 6-5, 6-3 at No. 5 and Anthony Kuklenski beating Aidan Martin 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 6.
“They were much more consistent and we really never seemed to find our high energy style of play,” North tennis coach Stuart Reece said. “We will regroup and prepare for Friday.”
Individual district play is scheduled for today (May 16).