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Although the Lady Spartan tennis team didn’t bring home the top prize from the MRVC Tournament at Odessa Saturday, they finished a very respectable fourth. Richmond had a second-place finisher, along with three third-place finishers as the Lady Spartans compiled 16 points for the afternoon.
Grain Valley took first place with 49 points, with Higginsville grabbing the runner-up spot with 34 points, while Excelsior Springs ended the day with 25. Richmond had 16 points, followed by Lexington with 9 and Knob Noster with 2, while Odessa, Harrisonville and Carrollton did not earn a team point.
Richmond Coach Zach Danner was very pleased with how far his Lady Spartan tennis program has come the past two seasons.
“I am very proud of these young ladies. They have worked very hard to build a program from the ground up, starting two years ago, to being a top finishing team in the conference,” he said. “I can’t put in words how excited and happy I am to be the coach of such a hard working group of young ladies.”
Brittany Munson placed second for Richmond at No. 1 singles. She began the day with an 8-3 win over Sara Dinwiddie of Lexington and in the semifinals stopped the top-seeded Katelyn Barr of Grain Valley 8-5. Munson then fell to the No. 2 seed, Melissa Bueker of Higginsville 1-8 in the finals.
Hanna Jones grabbed the first of three third-place medals for Richmond at No. 2 singles. After defeating Mansu John of Lexington 8-3 in the first round, she lost to the No. 1 seed Ali Ehlen of Grain Valley. Jones bounced back to win the third-place match by an 8-2 decision over third-seeded Cassandra Roelofsz of Excelsior Springs.
Kaylie Root began her No. 3 singles day with an 8-3 win over Lexington’s Christina Fergason. She lost to No. 2 seed Erica Roelofsz of Excelsior Springs in the semifinals, but ended the afternoon with an 8-6 victory over Misha Dupree of Higginsville.
Also taking third for Richmond was Ariel Hoard at No. 6 singles. She stopped Annie McCoy of Lexington 8-6 in the first round, but fell in the semifinals to top-seeded Kaylynn McClain of Grain Valley. In the third-place match, Hoard was an 8-2 winner over the No. 2 seed, Jennifer Buck of Excelsior Springs.
PHOTO: The Richmond tennis team took fourth place at Saturday’s conference tournament in Odessa. Displaying the medals they won are, front and center Hanna Jones, second row, left to right, Brittany Munson, Lissa Long, and Kaylie Root. Back row Ariel Hoard and Hannah Hillegas. (Submitted photo)