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Netters improve despite loss to league leaders

The last time the Richmond Lady Spartans met Higginsville on the tennis courts, the Lady Huskers tossed a shutout on their home courts. Although Tuesday’s rematch at Maurice Roberts Park still found Higginsville getting the victory, Richmond Coach Zach Danner was much more pleased with his team’s play in a 7-2 loss.
“We played a much higher level of tennis tonight and it showed,” he said. “We were competitive in many matches and the girls played hard to the end. We looked much better tonight against one of the top teams in the conference.”
Richmond, now 1-4 in the MRVC East and 5-5 overall, took one singles match and one doubles match. Higginsville improved to 6-0 in the conference and 8-2 overall.
Kaylie Root was the lone singles winner for Richmond. She defeated Misha Dupree in the No. 3 singles 8-5. Brittany Munson and Hanna Jones won their No. 1 doubles match with an 8-6 decision over Melissa Bueker and Laura Sappington 8-6.
Munson dropped her No. 1 singles to Bueker 5-8, followed by Jones dropping a 4-8 final at No. 2 to Sappington. Following Root’s victory at No. 3 singles, Hannah Hillegas was on the short end of a 2-8 final at No. 4 to Sara Wiley, followed by Lissa Long falling at No. 5 to Laura Gibler 1-8 and Ariel Hoard losing to Andrea Schaller 4-8 at No. 6.
In the remaining doubles matches, Root/Hoard lost to Dupree/Wiley 6-8 at No. 2, and Long/Hillegas were defeated by Gibler/Schaller 1-8.
Richmond won one of the eight junior varsity matches. The duo of Ashton Burns and Sam Austin defeated Chandra Arbogast/Monica Smith by a 6-4 decision. Danner said the JV girls continue to learn and are starting to play a more aggressive style.
The Lady Spartans are in Excelsior Springs today for the annual Excelsior Springs Invitational.

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