By Russ Green-Sports Editor
For the second time this season, the Richmond Spartan tennis team edged an MRVC East opponent with a 5-4 win at Knob Noster Monday afternoon. The Spartans followed that up with a shutout loss at Chillicothe Tuesday.
Richmond is now 2-0 in league matches and 2-2 overall.
Spartan coach Julie Baker said her team was mentally not ready for Chillicothe.
“It’s tough to go and play a team that you know is better than you and not be defeated before you ever step on the court,” she said. “Chillicothe’s goal is to shut us out and allow no games lost. We didn’t let that happen. Even though the scores aren’t great, we played some really good points.”
Baker added that her team was able to work through some areas that they have not been able to work on, due to the weather.
“Many guys are starting to hit the ball better,” she added. “We just need to learn how to finish points in our favor.”
Jeremy Chrisman lost at No. 1 to Wade Dietz, 7-10, followed by Jesse Bulk dropping a 2-10 decision to Phillip Reeter at No. 2. No. 3 singles Daniel Dehn fell to Grant Peterson 0-10, with Parker Johnson losing at No. 4 by a 1-10 final to Gabriel Poling. Chad Truby dropped his No. 5 match to Johnson Young 4-10, while Collin Williamson lost by the same score at No. 6 to Jeremiah Applebury.
In doubles, Chrisman/Bulk were blanked 0-8 by Dietz/Reeter. Truby/Williamson lost at No. 2 to Peterson/Young, and No.. 3 Dehn Johnson fell to Poling/Applebury by identical 1-8 finals.
A 4-2 Spartan advantage in singles play Monday helped Richmond to a 5-4 road win over Knob Noster. Baker said both teams were evenly matched.