The Spartan tennis team got off to a good start Tuesday in their MRVC East showdown with the Huskers at Higginsville. Richmond recorded a victory at No. 1 singles, but the rest of the afternoon belonged to the Huskers in an 8-1 victory. It was Higginsville’s second league win over the Spartans this season.
The victory pushed Higginsville to 6-0 in the league and 7-2 overall, while Richmond drops to 4-2 in conference and 6-3 overall. Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said the Huskers proved they were the better team.
“Higginsville showed today that they were better than us,” he said. “We even got extra practice time before we started and it still wasn’t even close. Phillip (Corwin) did a good job of winning a close match and coming from behind.”
Corwin defeated Zach Kramer 9-7 in No. 1 singles to record the lone win of the afternoon for the Spartans. In No. 2 singles, Blake Truby dropped a tough 6-8 match to Tanner Wahn, and Kayleb Dunwoodie fell at No. 3 to Patrick Swartz by a 3-8 final.
Landon Green lost at No. 4 to Ray Beam 4-8, with Andy Mrosak coming out on the short end of a 5-8 decision to Jesse Swartz at No. 5. Nick Harmon lost his No. 6 match to Trent Cooper 3-8.
In doubles place, Corwin/Truby lost to Kramer/P. Swartz 3-8, and Green/Mrosak fell to Beam/J. Swartz by a 1-8 count. In No. 3 doubles, Harmon and Gus Hockemeier lost to J. Swartz/Cooper 8-9 after losing the tiebreaker 4-7.
“Nick and Gus played much better after losing to that same team 1-8 the last time they met,” Simmons said.
The Richmond junior varsity also had problems as they dropped the lone singles match and three of the four doubles matches. The duo of Kyle Cox and Dillon Williamson captured the only JV win for Richmond with a 6-3 decision over Devyn Burkeybile and Jason Bredehoeft.
In the three remaining doubles matches, Donnie Pangborn and Eddie Cox lost to the same Higginsville pairing 2-6, Ryan Bloom/Chris Mallott then lost to Jacob Munson/Jeremy Lile 1-6, and Cameron Parker/David Danner were shutout by Munson and Lile 0-6.
Josh O’Dell lost his singles match to Burkeybile 6-7 after falling in the tiebreaker by a 5-7 count.