After several delays, and several matches away from home, the Richmond Spartans unveiled their new tennis courts at Maurice Roberts Park on a picture perfect Thursday afternoon. The Spartans capped off the christening with a 9-0 MRVC East victory over the Knob Noster Panthers.
The win pushes Richmond to 6-2 in league matches, and 8-3 overall. Spartan coach Ken Simmons hopes his team can use the last couple of victories as a springboard into the MRVC Tournament on Saturday.
“The new courts were nice to finally get to play on,” he said. “Everyone got a match tonight which was nice. Hopefully, we can use this momentum for the conference tournament. It will be very competitive and I hope we can play up to our potential.”
Phillip Corwin got things started for Richmond with an 8-3 win over Andrew Cates at No. 1 singles. Blake Truby defeated Tim Madison 8-1 at No. 2, followed by an 8-3 decision for Kayleb Dunwoodie over Alec Ake at No. 3. In No. 4 singles, Landon Green defeated Carlo Angeles 8-2.
Andy Mrosak won his match at No. 5 over Connor Heavner by an 8-0 final, and Nick Harmon wrapped up singles play at No. 6 with an 8-1 decision over Nathan Kjos.
In doubles, Corwin/Truby defeated Cates/Madison 8-0 at No. 1, followed by Green/Mrosak stopping Ake/Angeles 8-6 at No. 2. Kyle Cox/Dillon Williams ended the varsity competition with an 8-3 win over Heavner/Shayne Fisk at No. 3.
The Spartan junior varsity won five of its six matches against the Panthers.
Richmond won all four singles matches beginning with Gus Hockemeier stopping Shayne Fisk 6-4. Josh O’Dell defeated Jordan Mendenhall and Donnie Pangborn won his match over Brandon Shields by identical 6-1 scores. Chris Mallott defeated Brandon Shields, 6-4.
In doubles, Eddie Cox/Ryan Bloom were 6-1 winners over Mendenhall/Shields, and the Spartan duo of David Danner/Cameron Parker dropped a 4-6 decision to Angeles/Madison.
The Spartans will be defending their MRVC Tournament title in Warrensburg on Saturday.