The Excelsior Springs tennis tournament began on Wednesday and, like all of the area sports schedules, was delayed by rain until its completion Friday afternoon. Richmond Coach Ken Simmons said his team did not get off to a very good start on Wednesday in a field of larger schools.
The host Tigers captured first place with Grain Valley taking second followed by Winnetonka, William Chrisman and Kearney. Belton and Fort Osage finished behind Richmond.
The Spartans placed sixth in the eight-team field, but had a good performance from the doubles team of Landon Green and Andy Mrosak in the “B” Pool.
“They went 2-1 in pool play, beating the eventual champions, but were edged out by tiebreakers and finished fifth,” Simmons said. “It was a pretty tough tournament overall.”
“Green and Mrosak opened with 4-8 loss to Dennis Ayala and Clay Kettlewell of William Chrisman, but bounced back to win their next two matches by scores of 8-6 and 9-7. The Spartan duo then blanked Cody Jameson and Chris Moore of Kearney, 8-0.
The “A” doubles pairing of Philip Corwin and Blake Truby dropped three of their four matches for the tournament – two of them by 6-8 scores. Their lone victory came over Bear Hall and Michael Rambles of Belton by an 8-4 decision.
The “C” doubles team of Nick Harmon and Gus Hockemeier dropped their first two matches, but bounced back to take their final two. They stopped Belton’s John Gerhards and Clayton Beilmen 9-8 with a 7-5 tiebreaker, and then defeated Trent Ballenger and Caleb Pryor of Kearney 8-5.
Josh O’Dell lost his three contested matches in “A” singles, before winning his final match by forfeit over a Fort Osage player. Kyle Cox also was 0-3 in the “B” singles. His lone win also came by forfeit over a Fort Osage player.