By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Even though the Spartans were kept out of the win column in the tennis opener on a cold Wednesday afternoon, coach Julie Baker was encouraged with their performance. Richmond lost to visiting Excelsior Springs 9-0, but Baker said her squad was in just about every match against a quality opponent.
“I thought we competed well considering we didn’t have our No. 3 player, and Jesse Bulk broke two rackets before we ever started,” Baker said. “The cold weather is tough on rackets, but Jesse really played well enough to win, it just didn’t work out that way. We now have a better idea of where we are and where we want to be.”
The afternoon began with doubles play. The No. 1 Spartan duo of Jeremy Chrisman and Bulk dropped a 3-8 decision to Austin Buck and Kyle Smith. The No. 2 team of Chad Truby and Collin Williamson were on the short end of a 4-8 final to Collin O’Connel and Kyle King, followed by Parker Johnson and Austin Crossland falling 3-8 to Casey Williams and Elijah Jones at No. 3.