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The Lady Spartan tennis team continues to show signs of improvement. After going winless for a couple of years, the Richmond girls posted one win last season and on Thursday night, chalked up their second victory this fall with a 6-3 over Carrollton in an MRVC East meeting.
“The girls showed a lot of heart and determination on the court,” Lady Spartan Coach Zach Danner said. “It’s been a tough year as we turn the program around. We have a young team that played like a group of seniors tonight.”
Richmond won 4 of the singles matches and 2 of the 3 doubles matches as the Lady Spartans improve to 2-8 in conference and 2-10 overall.
“I am proud of the girls effort,” Danner added. “It’s been a long season and they’ve come a long ways. We’re turning the corner and showing that we can be a competitive team. We have a lot of work ahead of us but I know the girls are up for it. We would like to ask the community to come out and support us next week at our home tournament on Wednesday.”
Brittany Munson picked up her fourth victory of the season with an 8-6 decision over Carah Hart at No. 1 singles, and Hannah Jones won her team-high 8th match with an 8-5 victory over Kelly Miller at No. 3.
Both Kaylie Root and Hannah Hillegas earned their third win of the season. Root defeated Gabby Madigan, 8-4, and No. 4, while Hillegas was an 8-4 winner over Kelsey Burger at No. 5 singles.
Ali Rickart lost at No. 2 to Rachael Calvert by a 4-8 count, and Lissa Long was on the short end of a 2-8 final at No. 6 singles to Katie Miller.
The duo of Munson/Jones earned their fourth victory of the season at No. 1 with an 8-4 decision over Hart/Madigan, and Root/Long defeated Burger/Miller, 8-4 for their second win of the year at No. 3. Rickart/Hillegas lost their No. 2 doubles match 3-8 to Calvert/Miller.
The Richmond junior varsity won all three of their matches.
Morgan McCaughey defeated McKayla Randolph 6-2, while Anna Munson went to a tiebreaker in her match with Becca Turner before coming out with a 7-5 victory. Joanne Wienen and Samantha Palmer won their doubles match by a 6-4 total over Randolph/Turner.