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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Even though her top four players from last spring’s successful team are gone, Richmond tennis coach Julie Baker believes her Spartans can compete once again for the MRVC East crown.
Richmond was 7-6 overall last season and finished 6-5 against league competition, but will need to replace district champion and sectional qualifier Eduardo Brioschi, the No. 1 player, along with No. 2 Kyle Cox, No. 3 Cody Horton and No. 4 Dominique Johnson. Still, Baker is confident as she begins her second year leading the Spartans on the court.
“I think we can compete for the conference championship and the conference tournament championship,” she said. “District will depend on the strides that we make this first half of the season.”
She adds the weather has put them behind schedule, just like the rest of the tennis teams in the area.
Several seniors are ready to jump in to fill in the top spots. Jesse Bulk moves from No. 5 to No. 1, while Jeremy Chrisman vaults from No. 6 to No. 2, with Parker Johnson going from No. 2 on the junior varsity to No. 4, and Daniel Dehn from the top JV spot to No. 3.