The Spartan tennis team shook off a tough MRVC East loss to Higginsville last week and got back on track with a 6-3 victory over an improved Trojan squad at Carrollton Monday afternoon.
The victory pushed Richmond to 5-2 in conference, with the only two losses at the hands of Higginsville. The Spartans are also 7-4 overall. Spartan Coach Ken Simmons said his team did not play their best match, but battled most of the afternoon to pick up some hard fought victories.
Richmond dropped two singles matches. No. 1 Phillip Corwin lost a 3-8 match to Spencer Polen, and Landon Green fell to Matt Callicotte, 2-8, in the No. 4 pairing. Blake Truby picked up an 8-2 win at No. 2 over Dylan Randolph, with Kayleb Dunwoodie blanking Brandon Sumner 8-0 at No. 3.
Andy Mrosak was an 8-2 winner for the Spartans at No. 5 over Jared Ford, followed by Nick Harmon taking an 8-6 decision at No. 6 over Carrollton’s Seth Goetteke.
In doubles, Corwin/Truby defeated Polen Randolph 8-6 at No. 2, and Green/Mrosak were 8-5 winners at No. 2 over Mayden/Callicotte.
The No. 3 duo of Harmon/Gus Hockemeier lost to Endicott/Ford 8-9 after dropping the tiebreaker 6-8.
The Richmond junior varsity captured three of four matches. Donnie Pangborn defeated Randy Endicott 6-0, and Eddie Cox stopped Quinten Simmons 6-2 in singles victories for the Spartans.
Josh O’Dell lost his singles match to Ben Mayden, 3-6.
In doubles, Kyle Cox/Dillon Williamson defeated Endicott/Mayden 6-4.
PHOTO: Blake Truby won his match at No. 2 singles by an 8-2 decision as the Spartan tennis team won at Carrollton Monday afternoon. (Photo by Colby Gordon/Carrollton Democrat.)