By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond tennis coach Julie Baker is hoping her squad learns as the season progresses in order to chase down Higginsville for the MRVC East title. Baker begins her third year leading the Spartans on the courts and her first order of business is finding replacements for three key graduated seniors from last spring’s team that went 5-3 against league competition.
Five new players are among the eight juniors and two seniors reporting for practices. The two seniors will be the top two singles players this spring. Chad Truby is penciled in at No. 1, with Collin Williamson at No. 2. Both move up two spots.
“Chad has worked hard throughout the summer to improve,” Baker said. “He knows he has to step up to the unenviable No. 1 spot. Collin has endured a broken arm through the fall season, but he looks good.”
Chase Shipey, who saw some time playing No. 6 singles last spring, will be at No. 3, and another junior, Austin Courtland, is at No. 4 after also playing a few singles matches at No. 6, in addition to No. 3 doubles last year. The competition for the remaining spots is still up for grabs according to Baker.
“I’m not sure who is going to step up to the No. 6 spot,” she said. “I expect Ryan Sander to step up from the junior varsity to No. 5, but the other spot is wide open to one of the four first-year players.”