Netters drop MRVC East opener

Richmond Coach Zac Danner felt confident Tuesday as his 2-0 Lady Spartan tennis team entered its first MRVC East match against visiting Lexington. The Lady Spartans had played well in the first two matches of the season, but started Tuesday’s meeting against their league rival by dropping two of the three doubles matches. Richmond could not recover and fell short 6-3 for its first loss of the season.
“I felt really comfortable going into the match with the way we matched up,” Danner explained. “We just had an off night. I look forward to seeing some of these matchups again later in the season. The girls really played competitive matches even with the injuries we’re working around and having the off night in our timing and serves.”
Danner said his girls will have to move on and get ready to face Higginsville Thursday.
The No. 2 doubles team of Hannah Hillegas and Kaylie Root captured the lone Richmond victory in that competition as they stopped Christina Fergason/Rebecca Bean, 8-4. In the remaining doubles matches, No. 1 Brittany Munson/Hanna Jones fell to Sarah Dinwiddie/Mansu John 3-8; and Morgan McCaughey/Ariel Hoard lost 4-8 to Melina Baca/Thomas by the same 4-8 final.
Munson picked up a singles victory for Richmond at No. 1 with an 8-6 decision over Dinwiddie. Root earned another win for the Lady Spartans at No. 3 with an 8-4 victory over Fergason.
In the remaining singles matches: No. 2 Jones lost to John 4-8; No. 4 Hillegas lost to Baca 4-8; No. 5 Hoard lost to Annie McCoy 5-8; and McCaughey lost to Bean 2-8.
Danner added his younger junior varsity players continue to improve each time out on the court as they pick up valuable playing time. The Lady Spartan JV earned a singles win and one more in doubles in the 9 matches played.
In singles, Samantha Roberts defeated Elysse Jinkens 6-4, while Burns/Austin defeated Wandell Jinkens 7-5 in doubles for Richmond.
PHOTO: Richmond’s No. 1 singles player Brittany Munson earned one of three Lady Spartan victories Tuesday as she stopped Sarah Dinwiddie of Lexington 8-6 in an MRVC East match at Maurice Roberts Park. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)

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