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Richmond tennis coach Zach Danner said his Lady Spartans put up a good effort Friday in a 7-2 loss to a veteran Excelsior Springs squad. Richmond captured one singles and one doubles victory in the rescheduled match from an early-season rainout.
“It was a great effort against a well coached and very disciplined Excelsior Springs tennis program,” Danner said. “I was happy with the way we matched up in the top singles spots and were able to play several close matches.”
Danner added that Friday’s match was a good one to play, as the Lady Spartans get ready to host their own tournament Wednesday.
“It was a great match to lead us into our tournament on Wednesday as we host several tough programs, with Moberly, Lexington, and Grain Valley in the field,” he said. “It will be a very competitive day.”
Brittany Munson picked up the lone singles victory for Richmond with an 8-5 decision over Cassandra Roelofsz at No. 1. Hanna Jones fell at No. 2 to Erica Roelofsz 4-8, followed by Kaylie Root dropping a 6-8 final at No. 3 to Samantha Day. Hannah Hillegas was shut out at No. 4 by Jackie Phipps, 0-8, with Lissa Long losing to Jennifer Buck by a 3-8 final. In the final singles match, Ariel Hoard lost 0-8 to Savannah Jones.
Root and Hoard picked up Richmond’s final win of the afternoon with a 9-7 victory at No. 2 doubles over Day/Jones. Roelofsz/Roelofsz defeated Munson/Jones 8-6 at No. 1, and Phipps/Buck stopped Long/Hillegas at No. 3 by an 8-1 final.