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The Lady Spartan tennis team earned a medal at Wednesday’s 5-team Richmond Tournament held at the Maurice Roberts Park courts. The doubles team of Hannah Jones and Brittany Munson split their four matches to earn a fourth-place medal for the day.
The Richmond duo opened with an 8-1 win over Calvert/Miller of Carrollton, and then jumped out to a 4-3 lead over the eventual champions Oberkrom/Dickerson of Moberly, before falling 4-8. The local pair bounced back with a 6-1 decision over Sasek/Coleman of Moberly. Skivers/Heller of Lexington won the third-place match over the Lady Spartans by a 6-0 count.
Richmond coach Zach Danner felt his two were prepared for the tournament.
“They played great tennis against some very good opponents,” he said. “They came out strong in the opening round and put up an impressive 8-1 victory. Following a tough loss, it was great to see the girls bounce back and get their second win of the day over another really good Moberly doubles team. The girls continued to play hard in their third place match.”
The doubles of Joanne Wienen and Hannah Hillegas won their first match over Carrollton’s Burger/Miller, but then dropped their last two matches to finish at 1-2.
Kaylie Root was 1-2 in singles play for Richmond. She opened with an 8-5 win over Gabby Madigan of Carrollton, but lost to Katelyn Barr of Grain Valley, 1-8, and Tonya Kopp of Lexington in a 7-4 tiebreaker following a 6-6 draw.
Ali Rickart lost both of her singles matches against Carrollton opponents. She was on the short end of a 0-8 score with Carah Hart, and lost to Madigan, 3-6.
Richmond picked up 3 points for the day to finish fourth, with Moberly edging runner-up Grain Valley, 17-12, for the title. Lexington was third with 6, and Carrollton ended the event with 2 points.
Danner was proud of his team’s effort.
“It was nice to see how far the girls have come this year and be able to walk away with some wins,” he said. “To come away with a tournament medal is always the goal and we accomplished that today.”