The Spartans battled the wind and the Odessa Bulldogs as they opened their 2009 home tennis schedule Monday afternoon at Maurice Roberts Park. Richmond had very few problems with either challenge as the Spartans blanked the visitors 9-0.
Spartan coach Ken Simmons liked the way his team battled the elements.
“It was very tough playing today with the strong winds blowing,” he said. “We had a few guys who had to adjust their games, but they did fine once they got in the right mindset.”
Although Richmond swept the MRVC East matchup, there were very few easy victories in singles or doubles over the Bulldogs as they made their season debut.
The first three singles matches all went Richmond’s way by 8-4 scores. Phillip Corwin topped Jared Best at No. 1, followed by Blake Truby winning at No. 2 over Seth Martinko, and Landon Green defeating Brian Turnbough in the No. 3 singles competition.
Andy Mrosak stopped Ryan Atkerson in the No. 4 singles match by an 8-2 decision, followed by Josh O’Dell winning his No. 5 match 8-5 over Jessie Stever of the Bulldogs. Dillon Williamson wrapped up singles play with an 8-4 victory over Jay Baugh at No. 6.
In doubles play, the No. 1 Spartan duo of Corwin/Truby took an 8-5 decision from Best/Martinko, and No. 2 Green/Mrosak defeated Turnbough/Atkerson, 8-3.
The Spartans completed the sweep with O’Dell/Williamson stopping Stever/Baugh by an 8-4 count.
There were no junior varsity matches played due to the new courts still under construction.
The Spartans have now recorded back-to-back victories after their season-opening loss, and will be back on the courts this afternoon at Lexington.
PHOTO: Richmond senior Phillip Corwin uses his backhand during his 8-4 victory in the No. 1 singles match as the Spartans blanked Odessa 9-0 Monday afternoon at Maurice Roberts Park. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)