Trey Daniel hasn’t lost a high school tennis match at Blue Valley North in two years. He captured a second straight Kansas Class 6A singles championship in May, finishing off his junior season with a 25-0 record.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
As his summer USTA schedule heats up, Daniel looks to continue his success beyond state lines.
Daniel headlines an elite group of USTA junior tennis players who will compete in the Missouri Valley Sweet 16 Championship this week at the Plaza Tennis Center. The five-state event begins with doubles play Tuesday and includes players from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa.
The tournament features singles and doubles brackets in age groups of 18-, 16-, 14- and 12-and-under.
Daniel, a TCU commit, is the defending champion in the boys 18-and-under singles bracket, though he is seeded second behind William Little of Joplin this week. He will battle David Liu of Omaha in the first round at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. With a win, he could face Pembroke Hill player March Zheng in the second round.
On the girls side, Shawnee Mission East senior-to-be Oliva Sneed is searching for her third straight trip to the singles finals in the section championship. Sneed won the girls 16-and-under bracket in 2011 before falling to future North Carolina player Kate Vialle in the girls 18-and-under division championship match last season.
Sneed is the top seed in that bracket this year and will open play at 11 a.m. Wednesday against Madison Westby, a three-time Oklahoma Class 6A state champion. Sneed defeated Westby in the semifinals a year ago.
The girls 18-and-under bracket also includes Alena Frye, a senior-to-be at Barstow who won the Missouri Class 1 singles championship last fall.
Bradley Frye, from Overland Park, won the boys 12-and-under singles and doubles championships last year, but he faces a formidable draw this week after moving up to the boys 14-and-under division this summer. Frye drew top-seeded Carson Haskins of St. Louis in the opening round.