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Higginsville won the first battle for the top of the MRVC East tennis standings Tuesday when the Huskers grabbed a 6-3 victory over the visiting Richmond Spartans. The Huskers won their second league match in as many outings by taking four of the six singles matches.
“Higginsville was just fundamentally better than us,” Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said. “We had several close matches and they were more consistent and won the key points.”
Richmond fell to 3-2 overall and has split its two conference matches.
The Spartans dropped the first two singles matches by 6-8 scores. No. 1 Phillip Corwin fell to Zach Kramer and Blake Truby lost at No. 2 to Tanner Wahn. Richmond won the No. 3 and No. 4 matches with Kayleb Dunwoodie defeating Higginsville’s Patrick Swartz followed by Landon Green stopping Ray Beam of the Huskers by identical 8-6 decisions. Gus Hockemeier fell at No. 5 to Jesse Swartz, 5-8, and Andy Mrosak was on the short end of a 4-8 final to Higginsville’s Trent Cooper.
The Spartans’ No. 1 team of Corwin/Truby cruised to an 8-1 win over Kramer/Patrick Swartz for Richmond’s lone doubles victory. Higginsville captured the final two with Wahn/Beam defeating Green/Mrosak 4-8 at No. 2 and Jesse Swartz/Cooper taking an 8-1 match from Hockemeier/Nick Harmon.
Higginsville won six of the eight junior varsity matches. Josh O’Dell was a 6-3 winner over Levi Taylor in singles for Richmond, while the Spartan duo of Dillon Williamson and Kyle Cox defeated Jason Bredehoeft and Jeremy Lile 6-3 in doubles.