High School Sports

Missouri state tennis features two KC area singles and doubles semifinalists

Lee’s Summit North High School tennis player Logan Morrissey plans to leave everything on the court Saturday during the Missouri Class 2 semifinals.
Lee’s Summit North High School tennis player Logan Morrissey plans to leave everything on the court Saturday during the Missouri Class 2 semifinals.

Lee’s Summit North High School tennis player Logan Morrissey has helped put her team on the map.

She was a pivotal part of the first Missouri public school team champion from the Kansas City area, either boys or girls, when her team captured the 2013 state title.

Morrissey has also proved to be one of the elite doubles players in the state with three state medals, including back-to-back second-place finishes in 2013 and 2014 with partner, Camryn Parnell.

This year, Morrissey is trying her hand in singles at the individual state tournament and so far, so good. Morrissey breezed to a pair of victories Friday at the Missouri girls tennis state tournament at the Cooper Tennis Complex.

Morrissey defeated Stephanie Boulenger of Park Hill South, 6-3, 6-1, in the opening round, then breezed to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Brooke Smith of Springfield Glendale in the Class 2 quarterfinals.

“I probably prefer doubles, but I knew that during my senior year I wanted to try singles,” said Morrissey, who has lost just three singles matches this season.

Her only loss against a player from Missouri came against Margo Gerke of Notre Dame de Sion. Morrissey avenged that loss with a three-set win over Gerke in the district tournament.

“Logan has as big of weapons on the court as anybody around,” Lee’s Summit North coach Stu Reece said. “The key with her is patience. She needs to wait for the right opportunity. There could not be a better kid and, because of that, everyone around her enjoys her every success.”

Morrissey now encounters a huge challenge in the semifinals, as she takes on Class 2 defending singles champion Caroline Pozo of Lafayette. Pozo has not lost a match the last two seasons.

“I have to go into the match with the right mindset,” Morrissey said. “I can’t go in thinking that she is a better player than I am. I will be ready and confident and just be patient and not try to do too much too soon. It’s a bittersweet tournament, since I am a senior and I just want to leave it all on the court.”

Morrissey is the lone Kansas City-area player, in either singles or doubles, still contending in the Class 2 winner’s bracket. The other Class 2 singles semifinal pits Elena Wilner of Parkway Central against Ellie Burger of St. Joseph’s Academy.

Another Kansas City area senior is making the most of her last high school state tournament.

Class 1 defending state singles champion Yurie Heard of Pembroke Hill did not lose a game in either of her two matches Friday. Heard defeated Kelly Westphal of Chillicothe in the first round and Nidhi Bhaskar of MICDS in the quarterfinals by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Heard will play Anna Rader of Springfield Catholic in the state semifinals. Rader, who has a 33-0 record, only lost three games in her two victories Friday.

Pembroke Hill and Barstow will each have a doubles team in Class 1 semifinals.

Pembroke Hill’s Rooney sisters, Caroline and Ellison, will play Kiki Peters and Maddy Duncan of John Burroughs in one semifinal. They won a pair of straight set matches Friday.

Barstow’s Jane King and Amelia Smith won the last five games of their quarterfinal match against Lucy Reis and Sydney Lister of John Burroughs to ensure they get state medals. That followed a first round 6-0, 6-0 victory over Kelly Filips and Lauren Macali of Maryville. King and Smith will play Carly Hopkins and Grace Powderly of Cape Notre Dame in the semifinals.

All semifinal matches are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday with championship matches following at 1 p.m.