The Spartan tennis team battled the wind and larger schools Monday in the makeup of the Ruskin Tournament that was rained out two weeks ago.
Richmond placed two singles players in the top three singles in varsity, with a doubles squad placing third to help the Spartans to a runner-up finish for the second year in a row.
Phillip Corwin advanced to the finals in No. 1 singles play, while Blake Truby took third at No. 2. The duo of Landon Green and Andy Mrosak finished third in No. 1 doubles competition as Richmond ended the day with 8.5 team points.
The Blue Springs junior varsity grabbed first place with 15.5 points, while William Chrisman was 2 points behind the Spartans to settle in third.
Grandview finished fourth with 4.5 points, a half-point ahead of the Richmond JV and O’Hara, followed by the hosts, and Hickman Mills.
Josh O’Dell finished eighth for the Spartan JV at No. 1 singles.
Corwin began the day with three straight victories to advance to the finals. The Spartan senior won in two games over Clay Kettlewell of Chrisman, and then had to win back-to-back sets by a tiebreaker.
He stopped Marcus Walker of Blue Springs 5-7, 7-6 and 10-8 in the tiebreaker, before defeating O’Hara’s Robert Vacarro 3-6, 7-5 and 10-2 in another tiebreaker. Corwin met Aaron Davis of Blue Springs in the finals and dropped a two-game set 5-7, 1-6.
“Those long matches took a toll on him in the finals,” Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said.
Simmons added that Truby played well throughout the afternoon as he placed third. Truby opened with identical 6-0 wins over Alvin Williams of Ruskin, and defeated Richmond teammate O’Dell 6-3, 6-0. In the semifinals, Truby fell to Davis of Blue Springs by 2-6 and 1-6 scores, but bounced back to take third with an 8-1 decision over Vacarro of O’Hara.
Green and Mrosak won their first two matches at No. 1 doubles. They stopped Griffin/Franklin of Ruskin 6-4, 6-3, and then defeated Ketchum/Shupe 6-4, 6-3. In the semifinals, the Spartan duo was on the short end of a 2-6, 6-4, 7-10 tiebreaker set with Shields/Nichols of Blue Springs.
In the third-place match, Green/Mrosak defeated Grandview’s Moladun/Werner.
The No. 2 Richmond doubles team of Gus Hockemeier and Nick Harmon finished eighth. They lost their opening match and then bounced back to defeat Richmond teammates Ryan Bloom and Cameron Parker 8-0 and Oki Wagu/Rico Johnson of Hickman, 8-2. They finished with a 2-8 loss to Bertram/Ayala of Chrisman.
O’Dell defeated Anthony Laughlin of Chrisman in three games before dropping his second-round match to Truby. He then defeated Marvin Hernandez of Hickman 8-0, but lost his finale to Anthony Laughlin of Chrisman 6-8.
Donnie Pangborn won his first No. 2 JV singles match 7-5, 7-5 over Adrian Burton of Ruskin, but dropped his final two matches. Bloom and Parker lost their opening doubles match 0-6, 0-6 to Bertram/Ayala of Chrisman and then were eliminated by Hockemeier/Harmon.