By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Spartan tennis team earned a pair of third-place medals at the Excelsior Springs Tournament Wednesday and then followed with another MRVC East victory over visiting Carrollton Thursday afternoon.
Jesse Bulk earned Richmond’s individual third-place medal at Excelsior Springs in the No. 2 singles bracket, while Chad Truby and Collin Williamson teamed up to take third in the No. 1 doubles bracket.
“Jesse played well with his body in kind of a rough shape,” Richmond Coach Julie Baker said. “I was very pleased with the play of Collin and Chad. They had to beat Excelsior in the final match to place and they did just that. We’ve been struggling in doubles play and I can see improvement. The other two doubles teams made good progress.”
Richmond took fourth place, with Platte County winning the title, followed by Grain Valley, and the tournament hosts. Carrollton was fifth with Odessa finishing sixth.
Bulk lost his first match and then drew a bye before winning his next two matches – 6-2 over Jordan Snyder of Grain Valley, and 6-4 over Adam Aderman of Odessa. He dropped his final match by a 5-7 decision to Kyle Smith of Excelsior Springs.
Truby and Williamson dropped their opening match to a Platte County duo before bouncing back with a 6-1 victory over Ethan Swyres and Ian Cauble of Carrollton. After getting shut out in its next match, the Spartan pair finished with back-to-back wins. They defeated Zac Estes and Wade Montel of Odessa, 6-2 and then stopped Collin O’Connel and Kyle King of Excelsior Springs.