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The Lady Spartan tennis team picked up an early shot of confidence Monday afternoon as they opened the 2009 season with a 7-2 victory at Odessa.
Richmond dropped one singles match and one doubles match as they played spoiler to the opening of Odessa’s new tennis courts.
“We looked a lot better after the girls calmed down,” Richmond Coach Zach Danner said. “We fell behind early in several matches, but worked hard to come back and add points to the team score.”
Brittany Munson picked up a win at No. 1 singles for the Lady Spartans with an 8-4 decision over Molly Hotmer, followed by Hanna Jones stopping Alana Simmons 8-2 at No. 2. Kaylie Root won her match by an identical 8-2 final at No. 3 over Amber Peebles.
The next two singles matches had to go into tiebreakers before the Lady Spartans could put them in the win column. Hannah Hillegas defeated Samantha West 7-3 at No. 4, and Lissa Long was a 7-5 tiebreaker winner over Alexandria Cockrell.
Odessa picked up a win in the final singles match of the day as Olivia Clark stopped Richmond’s Ariel Hoard, 8-1.
Danner was pleased with his team’s play in the singles matches.
“We had several girls step up and play exceptional tennis during singles play,” he said. “Long showed a lot of heart as she fell behind 2-7 and came back to tie 8-8 before winning in the tiebreaker. Can’t wait to get back on the home courts Wednesday against Cameron.”
In doubles play: Munson/Jones defeated Hotmer/Simmons 8-4 at No. 1, and No. 2 Root/Hillegas stopped Peebles/West 8-3. Long/Anna Munson lost at No. 3 to Clark/Cockrell 4-8.
The Lady Spartan junior varsity picked up one win in seven singles matches as Morgan McCaughey earned the lone victory with a 6-0 decision over Taylor Becker.
Danner said most of the JV girls moved up a position to play against a short-handed Odessa squad, but they played well.
In other singles results for the JV, Brielle Herrero, Kimber Briant and Kelsey Knutter all were on the short end of 3-6 finals, while Cathy Sander and Ashton Burns fell by 0-6 scores. Samantha Austin dropped her match 4-6.