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Grain Valley takes Richmond tennis title

Although they failed to earn any medals Wednesday, the Lady Spartan tennis team played very well against top-notch competition at the Richmond Tournament. The Lady Spartans ended the day with 14 points to place fourth in the six-team event at the Maurice Roberts Park courts.
Grain Valley edged Moberly for first place 32-30, with Winnetonka grabbing third with 18. Lexington finished 4 points behind Richmond while Carrollton earned 4 points for the day.
“Overall we played very competitive tennis and the girls have a lot to be proud of so far this season,” Richmond Coach Zach Danner said. “I’m sure they will continue to work hard towards their individual and team goals as we finish up our season over the next couple of weeks.”
Kaylie Root and Ariel Hoard played in the singles competition for the Lady Spartans. Danner said Hoard drew a tough bracket, but played well all afternoon. She lost her first match to the eventual third-place medalist Leanna Merideth of Grain Valley, and then faced Merideth’s teammate, 2008 state qualifier Katelyn Barr in the second round.
“Ariel showed a lot of heart and once again showed the potential she has if she continues to work on her game,” Danner said.
Root advanced into the semifinals in her bracket with a victory over Lexington’s Rebecca Bean, before dropping back-to-back matches to the eventual third-place winner and the tournament champion.
“Kaylie competes very hard and has done a great job this season,” Danner said.
In doubles competition, the Richmond duos of Brittany Munson/Hanna Jones, and Hannah Hillegas/Lissa Long both posted 2-2 records for the day to help push Richmond to its fourth-place finish. Danner said both teams played well and ended the day with strong efforts against good doubles teams from Winnetonka.

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