The Spartan tennis team took away Coach Ken Simmons’ concerns of a tired squad Tuesday at Knob Noster. On Monday, Richmond played in a daylong tournament at Ruskin, and then had to make another road trip to take on their MRVC East rival Panthers. The Spartans showed no effects as they tossed a 9-0 shutout and improved to 3-1 against league foes, and 5-2 overall.
“Knob has a young team,” Simmons said. “I was worried our guys might be a little tired from all their matches at the tournament on Monday. Overall, we played well.”
The Spartans won one singles match by shutout and added two more shutouts in the doubles competition.
In singles, No. 1 Phillip Corwin defeated Andrew Cates 8-5, followed by Blake Truby’s 8-4 victory at No. 2 over Tim Madison. Kayleb Dunwoodie stopped Alec Ake, 8-3, at No. 3, and Landon Green was an 8-6 winner over Carlo Angeles at No. 4.
Andy Mrosak defeated Connor Heavner 8-2 at No. 5 and Nick Harmon closed out singles play with an 8-0 win over Nathan Kjos at No. 6.
Corwin/Truby began doubles competition with an 8-6 victory over Cates/Madison. The final two Spartan duos won by shutouts with Green/Mrosak defeating Ake/Angeles, and Gus Hockemeier/Harmon stopping Heavner/Kjos by identical 8-0 finals.
The Richmond junior varsity completed the clean sweep by taking all five of their matches.
Josh O’Dell defeated Shayne Fisk 6-2 in singles, followed by Donnie Pangborn defeating Jordon Mendenhall 6-1 and Eddie Cox winning a 6-2 match over Brandon Shields.
In the doubles matches, Dillon Williamson and Kyle Cox were 6-1 winners over Fisk/Mendenhall, with David Danner and Chris Mallott defeating Fisk/Shields, 7-5.