It can get awkward when teammates square off against each other. Just ask Tristen Caskey of Lee’s Summit West.
“I think it’s more difficult,” Caskey said. “You’ll see them every day from now on and you’ll have to like act like a good person, especially after playing someone better than you and you don’t expect to win.”
Caskey found herself in that awkward position Friday during the Class 2, District 13 girls’ tennis singles tournament final at Lee’s Summit North.
On the other side of the net stood Pranathi Gannavaram, the Titans’ No. 1 singles player this season. Caskey beat Gannavaram 10-5, but since both singles and doubles finalists advance to sectionals, the match didn’t end anyone’s season.
“It did make it easier,” said Caskey, whose older sister Kelen went to state in doubles with Gannavaram as a senior last season. “It’d be harder to win if I knew I was going to kick her out and she wouldn’t be able to advance.”
West had a double dose of that awkwardness as it also closed out the doubles championship match. Gillian Evans and Kennedy Cross met Chloe Sabin and Sara Duong in the doubles final, with Evans and Cross winning 10-3.
West tennis coach Todd Wilson said he couldn’t recall one team sweeping both brackets, and that in itself was worth a little in-team uneasiness.